One of the best articles presenting research to


decipher the complex, conflicting, and convoluted


sources behind the Jack the Ripper legend was


compiled by Prof. Michael D. Winkle, and can be read


here.





The Duke of Clarence was not mentioned in Prof.


Winkle's article as one of the many to take the identity


of Jack the Ripper. His syphilis-induced insanity may


have been further influenced via obsession or


possession by a "Ripper-geist" entity as described in


Prof. Winkle's article.




Also not mentioned, but of notable interest, was the


barrister Montague John Druitt, whose curious suicide


by leaping into the waters of the Thames occurred just


before the classic Ripper murders in Whitechapel had


ceased. Because of this, many books were written in


the early 20th century which hypothesized that Druitt


was the Ripper (or "a" Ripper, as the case may be).


According to Shanklin and Wheatley's report, Druitt


simply became obsessed with uncovering the truth


behind the murders, and followed Prince Albert upon


discovering his involvement. This led to a


confrontation with Dracula-Mordante during the


Vampire Lord's conflict with the Duke at the scene of


the latter's murder of Mary Jane Kelly. Dracula-


Mordante punished Druitt for his interference by


inducing complete insanity in him, which led to the


man's suicide a few days later -- this following an


intense interrogation by Dr. William Gull, who


demanded his silence about the incident for the sake


of the Royal Family. 




 It was noted in Prof. Winkle's article how the evil


Oriental mastermind Fu Manchu--whose exploits were


first recorded in a series of files by Sax Rohmer--was


revealed to have been responsible for creating a


series of Jack the Ripper soul-clones. This revelation


was recorded in Doug Moench's file "Red of Fang and


Claw, All Love Lost," translated in comic book format


and published in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Vol. 1


#100 by Marvels Comics. In this 1980 incident,


Shang-Chi, the heroic legendary martial arts master,


and both son and opponent of Fu Manchu, battled one


of his sire's most recently created Ripper soul-clones.




 It appears that certain amoral or emotionally disturbed


physicians were particularly likely targets for Manchu's


psychic experiments in creating soul-clones of Jack


the Ripper. This was likely due to their surgical skills


making them ideal murderers of this sort. A few of


these physicians-turned-Ripper-soul-clones by the


Yellow Peril are the following, some named in Prof.


Winkle's article, but others not; and some of whom


were embroiled in time travel incidents due to


Whitechapel circa late 1880s being a loci point for


extratemporal and extradimensional activity, as also


noted by Prof. Winkle.





These temporal and interdimensional incursions and


excursions likely caused numerous alternate timelines


to branch off from the event, thus resulting in a


seemingly endless array of Jack the Ripper


counterparts of every category listed by Prof. Winkle.


Some of these alternate reality counterparts and


events were likely conflated with the already numerous


"mainstream" versions of the Ripper by unwary


psychics "studying" all relevant events and individuals


by means of remote viewing and psychometry. Their


notes and journals then likely resulted in more


conflation and confusion by other investigators, thus


making an already extremely complex phenomenon all


the more complicated and seemingly convoluted.




This is to say nothing of the various iterations of the


Ripper from alternate timelines who may have found


themselves summoned to the "mainstream" timeline


by various means at different points in time, thus


muddying the waters even further. Hence, sifting


through all the sources and files to uncover the


relevant facts in regards to "mainstream" history is a


major challenge for even the most top notch


investigators and researchers, with the myriad trails


leading in numerous directions. 



 * Dr. Albert Z. Fell's activities as a Ripper soul-clone


were uncovered in the late 1970s by criminologist and


author Lorraine Peters. To confirm this theory of hers,


she utilized a time portal manifested on the mysterious


privately owned atoll Fantasy Island to travel back to


1888. This extratemporal excursion would prove to


have disastrous consequences due to Dr.


Fell finding the portal and becoming loose on the


island circa 1979. Fell was stopped from killing Peters


by Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic curator of Fantasy


Island, and died seconds after fleeing back through the


portal to 1888 when he was run over by a horse-drawn


hansom.



Fell had the chilling distinction of uttering the following


statement just before killing a victim: "I have the


remedy for all your ills." This incident was recorded in


Ron Friedman's and Don Ingalls' file "With Affection,


Jack the Ripper" (not to be confused with another file


of the same name by Dr. Michael Rhodes), which is a 


sub-file of the series of files entitled FANTASY


ISLAND.






 It should be further noted that Fell's family lineage


has a long propensity for exhibiting mental instability


and criminal inclinations alongside brilliance. A good


example is Dr. Fell's great-nephew, history professor


and Egyptologist William McElroy, who developed a


dangerous and cunning criminal alter persona that


called himself King Tut. This alter persona became a


persistent recurring nemesis of the Batman and Robin


team from the late 1960s whose activity became the


subject of the various files placed under the rubric of


Batman '66.




Other relatives serving as examples include Mr.


Schubert, another evil expatriate scientist from the


advanced undersea cities branching off from Latitude


Zero. Schubert had recurrent clashes with Mark


Harris, the civilian identity of the Atlantean whose


exploits were recorded in THE MAN FROM ATLANTIS


series of files (the secret undersea city of LATITUDE


ZERO is first described in Shinichi Sekizawa's


eponymous file); a second cousin once removed


Pamise Surigao, the crafty Prohibition era liquor


smuggler who competed with the Chicago mob and


clashed with Eliot Ness' law enforcement team, as


recorded in John Mantley's file "The Gang War," a


sub-file of the file series called THE


UNTOUCHABLES; and Surigao's nephew Charles


Colvin, a California barber who during the early 1960s


had an evening "career" as a destructive pyromaniac,


as reported in John Kueubuhl's file "Firebug,"


included in a larger set of files titled G.E. True.





 * Dr. John Leslie Stephenson, who absconded with


the time machine invented in the late 19th century by


Adam Bruce Clarke Wildman (a.k.a., Adam Dane),


and traveled "forward" to the year 1979--which seems


to be a natural loci point from Whitechapel circa


1888--where he was pursued and defeated by H.G.


Wells. This was recorded in Karl Alexander's and


Steve Hayes's file TIME AFTER TIME.




This time travel may have resulted in any number of


alternate timelines, and alternate versions of both


Stephenson and Wells, being diverged from the


"mainstream" iterations.These alternate versions of


Stephenson could have met different fates from the


one recorded in this file on other timelines, and may


have taken on different identities in different locales


over time. 




 * Sir William Gull, the Royal Surgeon of Queen


Victoria and neurologist who served as the personal


physician of Prince Albert "Eddy" Victor during his


decline from syphilis. Dr. Gull had acted to cover up


Prince Eddy's involvement by various elaborate and


unethical means alongside the latter's wealthy close


friend James Kenneth Stephen, cab driver John


Charles Netley, and the influential Assistant


Commissioner of Scotland Yard & intelligence officer


Sir Robert Anderson. Gull's involvement caused the


murders to sometimes be directly attributed to him,


though he was certainly no innocent in the affair. More


on the Royal Family conspiracy aspect of the Ripper


murders in a minute.




 * Dr. Dennis Orloff, a disturbed and embittered


physician who went mad and began killing prostitutes


in misplaced retaliation for abuse he received from his


late mother, who was also a prostitute. Orloff may


have been possessed by a discarnate "Ripper-geist"


personality fragment, rather than one of Manchu's


soul-clones, as he would have been an ideal host to


drive towards such vile acts. Of course, his history


would obviously have made him a perfect Ripper


soul-clone as well.The truth has yet to be


substantiated either way, however, much like many


aspects of the Ripper phenomenon. Dr. Orloff's history


was recorded in Jess Franco's file JACK THE


RIPPER




* Dr. John Carmody, a psychiatrist who was one of the


individuals to take up the mantle of Jack the Ripper


who was documented by Robert Bloch, specifically in


his report "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper." This


individual was hunted for a good ten years, beginning


around 1930, by Scotland Yard detective Sir Guy


Hollis after the killer murdered his fiance'. This


decade-long obsessive hunt led Hollis to New York


City's Greenwich Village circa 1940, where the killer


now taking the guise of Carmody unfortunately got the


drop on the detective and killed him.




According to Hollis' theory, the man he later knew as


Carmody was a physician who also happened to be a


mystic practicing in the dark arts, and the classic six


victims attributed to Jack the Ripper were the initial


blood sacrifices required to grant him a form of limited


immortality, along with possibly other attributes such


as enhanced strength. He apparently either needed to


continue killing to offer "booster" sacrifices so as to


maintain the pact with these unknown "dark gods" that


granted him passive immortality, or continued to do so


simply for the sadistically pleasurable "rush" he


received from doing this like so many other serial


killers. There may be truth to Hollis' theory, or it's


possible Carmody was an already emotionally


disturbed physician who was possessed by a


Ripper-geist entity. What became of Carmody after


this incident has yet to be determined. 




Bloch's report was later adapted into different formats


by other researchers. This includes the comic book


format:




Ron Goulart's file, published in both Journey Into


Mystery Vol. 2 #2 and Masters of Terror #1 by Marvels


Comics; and Joe R. and John L. Lansdale in Yours


Truly, Jack the Ripper #1-3 by IDW Comics.




Another version of Bloch's report was


recorded by Barre Lyndon and told by actor and


conscripted horror host Boris Karloff as the Yours


Truly, Jack the Ripper sub-file of his master file


THRILLER (this is connected to but not the same as


the horror host's other master file Boris Karloff's


Thriller, quickly changing its file name to Boris


Karloff's Tales of Mystery, published between the early


1960s to the end of the 1970s by Gold Key Comics). 




As other MONSTAAH scholars, such as Prof. Gregory


Long has surmised, it's possible that Dr. Stephenson's


seemingly fatal dispersion across the time stream


courtesy of H.G. Wells may have had repercussions


across the multiverse, thus causing at least some of


the temporal divergences resulting in numerous and


disparate versions of Jack the Ripper as described in


Prof. Winkle's article. This could explain several of the


multiple conflicting accounts and apparent individuals


to take on the mantle of the Ripper, each providing


"evidence" to different researchers that they were the


"true" Jack the Ripper.




It's also possible, as Prof. Long has also surmised,


that Dr. Stephenson's dispersed physical form could


have materialized back in his native time period as the


evil disembodied entity who became known as Redjac,


who literally feeds on fear and terror, and who has


possessed different human beings whom "he" forced


to commit acts of horrific murder fitting the same


patterns as those of his previous human incarnation in


order to produce society-wide fear to sustain "his"


non-corporeal existence.




If multiple dimensional versions of Redjac materialized


in different places due to this temporal dispersion,


then they could have become responsible for at least


some of the evil and murderous disembodied


possessing beings that Prof. Winkle referred to as the


Ripper-geist entities.




Other theories have postulated that Redjac is of


extraterrestrial origin, either singular in nature or a


race of such beings who travel throughout the cosmos


to worlds inhabited by sentient material beings which


they can possess to wreak their grisly fear-inducing


havoc. This theory originated with a 'future file'


psychically compiled by the late Robert Bloch that he


titled Wolf in the Fold. In the alternate future of the


late 23rd century events recorded in this file -


presuming they ever actually end up "occurring" in any


shape or form (even though time is not actually linear,


and all future events on any given timeline have


indeed "occurred" in a strange quantum sense, but


that's a whole other topic) - the Redjac entity is/will be


encountered on a humanoid-inhabited planet called


Argelius II.




Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean


that Redjac originated in deep space. Rather, the


dread entity may simply have stowed/will stow away


on a human and/or other race's starships in certain


alternate futures where interstellar travel becomes


feasible and commonplace. 




Regarding the Redjac entity, "he" is known to have


been on Earth into the 1970s, where he was


encountered and defeated on at least two known


occasions -- once by the reporter Carl Kolchak, as


recorded in Rudolph Borchert's report The Ripper, a


sub-file of the master file called KOLCHAK: THE


NIGHT STALKER; and again by crusading adventurer


Gary Seven and his assistant Roberta Lincoln while


possessing and enhancing a human being on the other


side of the world, as recorded in Greg Cox's two


volume file The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of


Khan Noonian Singh. It was evidently first discovered


by Kolchak that humans possessed by the entity were


vulnerable to high voltage electricity. Short-term


exposure will render the being temporarily inactive,


causing the host to seemingly lose consciousness


during that time; repeated exposure will kill the human


host and drive Redjac out of them in short order (the


reporter had no idea that the human killer was


possessed by a discarnate energy being).




Several other researchers have focused their detective


work on uncovering the Jack the Ripper copycat (or


copycats?) connected to the always scandal-ridden


British Royal Family of the late Victorian era,


particularly (as noted above) Prince Albert "Eddy"


Victor, the Duke of Clarence, who was eventually


driven murderously mad during the advanced stages


of the then-incurable venereal disease syphilis. In fact,


Prince Albert was the version of Jack the Ripper


encountered by Dracula-Mordante in Shanklin and


Wheatley's file Blood of the Innocent




 The Royal Family conspiracy aspect of the Ripper


murders was uncovered and described in Stephen


Knight's file Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution


(though it was, of course, simply one amongst many


"solutions"). Knight further contended that the


conspirators involved were members of the


Freemasons, and that their involvement was partially


the result of some forbidden rituals conducted by at


least a corrupt, mystically inclined sub-set of the


Freemasons.




This conspiracy was further elaborated upon in other


sources, including the file Blood of the Innocent


described above; Alan Moore's file From Hell (later


made into an altered version in movie format); Peter


Barnes's file THE RULING CLASS; Derrik Marlowe's


and David Wickes's 2-part file JACK THE RIPPER;


and Robert Rodat's file THE RIPPER.





 The legendary detective Sherlock Holmes has been


attributed with uncovering portions of this conspiracy


as well. However, it's believed that, in actuality,


various other detectives imitating his methods and


gaining a reputation of their own by doing so were


actually involved, and had these cases later


mis-attributed to Holmes by certain biographers.


It can be certain that the real Sherlock Holmes took an


interest in the Ripper murders, however, but due to the


complexity of the phenomenon, it's likely his


investigations took him on the trail of specific


participants prior to building a theory of the true


immensity of the variables (and entities) involved. The


same thing likely occurred with the various Holmes


imitators who took up the case, either at the time or


afterwards.




 Other factions of the Royal Family had a history of


crime and insanity that led to murders of women, often


prostitutes, that in time were conflated with the main


Ripper murders by the various biographers.




These other homicidal and misogynistic killers from


the Royal Family allegedly included the Duke of


Shires, whose case was solved by master detective


Hercule Poirot and mis-attributed to Sherlock Holmes


in Donald and Derek Ford's file A STUDY IN


TERROR.





The latter case was later taken up by the American


master detective Ellery Queen, who was hired by a


client to "clear' the name of the original suspect; this


was described in Paul W. Fairman's file A Study in


Terror: Ellery Queen vs. Jack the Ripper. A casual


study of both files make it quite clear that a case of


alternative murders was conflated with the main


Ripper murders by the biographers, and it's still not


certain at this time if Poirot or Queen were correct in


their differing conclusions of the Duke of Shires'


involvement in Victorian era atrocities.





An actual investigation conducted by the authentic


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson is said to


have uncovered the conspiracy surrounding the Duke


of Clarence's complicity in some of the Ripper


murders, as recorded in John Hopkins's file MURDER


BY DECREE. Interestingly, Inspector G. Lestrade was


involved with both the Poirot and authentic Holmes


investigations. Watson's recording of the event may


have been stifled by royal decree to both Scotland


Yard and the London media, only to later be


reconstructed from notes uncovered by Hopkins.





At least one other soul-clone has alluded to an


encounter with Jack the Ripper, but it's currently


unknown which version of the Ripper this may have


been; the implication seemed to be that it was one of


the fully human copycats. 





 At least one version of Jack the Ripper is vampiric,


which likely explains several periodic reports of


Ripper-like murders continuing sporadically into the


present time, along with contributing to the rumors that


the Ripper is immortal.




The most prominent vampire to take the mantle of


Jack the Ripper began his career as a fully human


serial killer copycat, only to be vampirized and


subjugated by Countess Elisabeth Bathory, a.k.a., the


Blood Countess, during her visit to London circa 1888.


He has likely acted independently of her during the


times she was "indisposed" between the late 19th


century and the present, and at other times serving


her will directly. Most recently, the Vampire Ripper


aided Countess Bathory during her 2010 encounter


with Vampirella and Jonathan Collins (vampiric cousin


to Barnabas Collins) in New York City, as recorded in


Mark Andreyko's file published by Dynamite Comics


as Dark Shadows/Vampirella #1-5. The soul-clone


Dracula-Mordante had a brief but important role in the


conclusion of these events; for more info on his


involvement, see the entry for 2010




Of course, there are so many different theories and


files dealing with the phenomenon and personages


said to have taken the mantle of Jack the Ripper that


it's impossible to cover all of them here for reasons of


space and maintenance of topic. Other researchers


connected to MONSTAAH have conducted extensive


research and formulated their own theories, which will


be revealed in due course. The mysterious and bloody


phenomenon that is Jack the Ripper is too complex


and full of divergent branches of evidence for


MONSTAAH to decree any one particular theory to be


definitively "correct" over every other.





Shanklin and Wheatley's file makes a few errors, such


as mistakenly conflicting Dracula-Mordante with


Dracula-Prime, and describing the main individual


responsible for the latter's destruction as "Dr.


Johnathan Harker." Harker, of course, was not a


physician nor did he have a doctorate degree, and


even though he did have a major hand in ending


Dracula-Prime's infamous 1887 reign of terror in


London, the effort was coordinated by Dr. Abraham


Van Helsing -- who was indeed a physician.