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Jack the Ripper & why he was never nabbed: Bruce Robinson rips apart the Freemasons

Jhinuk Sen | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:46 IST

In a festival that talks about 'nicer' things like poetry, feminism, nationalism, religion, sexuality, memory functions, and more, two men sat down to talk about a serial killer's 'hideous deeds of violence'.

Author, director, actor, screenwriter (phew!) Bruce Robinson and writer, columnist AN Wilson sat down at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 (JLF), Day 4 in a session titled 'Jack the Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up'.

Robinson's book They All Love Jack, puts together 15 years of research that lead him to name the real Jack The Ripper, the most infamous serial killer of 19th Century England.

Robinson and Wilson talked about 1888 London that witnessed these gruesome murders that went down in history, and have since spawned a million theories to as to who the Ripper really was. Robinson said that over all his years of research, he has shot down a million names drawn up by Ripperologists - "They were all coverups!"

All Freemasons have a theory about who Jack the Ripper is, says Robinson. And rather than calling them Ripperologists, he'd rather call them 'Freemasonologists'.

Now you see it AND now you don't

After discussing the murders, Robinson went on to say that there were signs in all the corpses that the Metropolitan Police missed, or rather chose to miss.

He pointed out to this one particular instance where the Ripper wrote on the wall - "The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing".

A 'masonic teaser' that the then Metropolitan police commisioner, Sir Charles Warren, came all the way down to squalid East End just to wipe off the walls.

It would foster anti-semitic riots, Warren had told the City Police who had insisted on shooting it as evidence. There is no record of the writing on the wall except in the notebook of one City Police personnel.

Robinson also mentioned that the Ripper gouged out 'compass' symbols on the cheeks of the prostitutes he murdered - another Freemason 'teaser' that the police allegedly 'missed'.

The slitting of the throat, the disembowelment and the strategic placing of silver around the body were all 'rituals' to punish Freemasons who betrayed the establishment - and no one, especially the Freemasons - spotted it!

Robinson argues that the whole reason Jack the Ripper remained a mystery for as long as he did was because he was a Freesmason. And when Freemason police heads look for a Freemason murderer - they aren't really looking.

The Freemason involvement has also been alluded to in the movie From Hell by the Hughes Brothers (starring Johnny Depp). The movie shows royal physician William Gull to be the murderer. Robinson called it hogwash.

How to (not) take down an enterprise

As the investigations to nab the Ripper went on in London, people knew that he was either a Freemason or a man pretending to be a Freemason, but as Robinson put it, "they could not catch him because they were catching an enterprise", and not a serial killer.

They knew who the murderer was, according to Robinson's extensive work it was a man called Michael Maybrick, by 1892 and that's when Maybrick disappeared - very conveniently - to the Isle of Wight.

For Robinson, the Freemasons enterprise is what would have been dragged to the mud had the Ripper been caught. With the most prominent citizens in the country being Freemasons - this was a controversy they could not ill-afford.

Of London's whores

AN Wilson invoked William Blake's Auguries of Innocence as he talked about one of the most crucial issues in the whole Jack the Ripper 'mystery' - the prostitutes.

"The harlot's cry from street to street shall weave old England's winding-sheet..."

The reason Russian author Leo Tolstoy gave for the British having more 'stable' life as compared to the Russians - was these very prostitutes.

Hundreds of women ready to sell themselves for the price of a cup of tea in 19th Century London - something that shocked Fyodor Dostoyevsky as well, but that was the truth of the times and of squalor-soaked East End where most of the Ripper's murders took place.

The Ripper has often been called a 'genius' by many, a man who was getting rid of the riff-raff of Victorian society - the prostitutes.

The stiff upper lip & the hypocrisy

That age was British hypocrisy at its heights said Robinson adding that the whole of England thought that the Ripper was a foreigner, a Brit could not possibly commit such a crime. And this, he mentioned, was at a time when the British were murdering thousands in its colonies all across the globe!

And what did the Freemasons think of Robinson's book, asked Wilson. Despite the fact that the book was not allowed to be published in America, and all newspapers were asked to not review it (all except the one owned by Rupert Murdoch!) - the Freemasons have not said a word to Robinson about it.

And why not?

"Because it is true!" laughs Robinson.

Time to pick up that book we think.

First published: 22 January 2017, 7:12 IST