Montague John Druitt Case Study

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Montague John Druitt: The Case is Closed He craved to write the first letter with the blood of his victims, but realizing it was too difficult, John Druitt cleverly selected a red liquid to resemble the blood in hopes to frighten the police. The letter read: “I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled (“Jack”).” Three infamous letters were believed to have been sent to the police by Jack the Ripper, who was a mysterious serial killer in the streets of Whitechapel, London. They gruesomely described the rapes and murders of some of the women, as well as talked about future killings he had planned. Disregarding the fact that the letters predicted the next murder, there was some question as to whether these were …show more content…
The fifth and worst murder of all of the victims was Mary Kelly, which took place in November of 1888; she was thought to be the last victim of Jack the Ripper (“Whitechapel”). In late December of 1888, Druitt was found drowned in the Thames River of apparent suicide (“Jack”). This event brought on a series of questions, to which most people answered with Druitt being Jack the Ripper. In the suicide letter found in his coat pocket, he said, “Since Friday I felt I was going to be like mother, and the best thing for me to die (“Casebook”).” To explain in further detail, his mother dealt with a mental illness, and then she went away to a facility, where she committed suicide. Another family member of his dealt with mental illness, and his older sister committed suicide too. There are speculations as to whether he had a mental illness before or from the murders, or if he committed suicide due to his sexuality (“Casebook”). It was then noted by the people, police, and press, that the gruesome murders ceased after Druitt died. Although Whitechapel still dealt with a few homicides after he died, they were the normal murders that the ghostly town was used …show more content…
As mentioned earlier, when the first Ripper letter was sent out to the police, thousands more poured in. The police thought all but two were a prank; the Dear Boss and From Hell letters had the same handwriting, with red ink designed to look like blood (“Jack”). Horrific descriptions and predictions of the future killings were included in both letters, and the police thought it was possibly linked to Druitt. In addition, the press had full coverage on this case, even taking it worldwide. They talked a lot about the suspects and connections to the victims. The paper also featured many interviews from police, witnesses, locals, and investigators (“Jack”). Druitt was one of the top suspects that got attention from the press coverage. His jobs played a big role in the case; he was a barrister, lawyer, and assistant schoolmaster (“Whitechapel”). Although his home was out of Whitechapel, the bar he worked in was local to the town; some say he could have met some of his victims at the bar, being that they were prostitutes in need of money (“Jack”). Not much was said about his profession as a lawyer, but he could have had criminal knowledge to assist him in the process. As for him being a schoolmaster, he was discharged on possible child molestation reports, as well as possibly being

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