Jack the Ripper, the singer, the Mason

November 24, 2015 12:30 am

Jack the Ripper was an obscure singer whose identity was shielded by fellow Masons, new records suggest.
A book by Bruce Robinson, the director and screenwriter of the classic film Withnail and I, claims the notorious Whitechapel killer was named Michael Maybrick.
In They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper,
Robinson argues that all of the Ripper killings bore the stamp of
Masonic ritual, citing the symbol of a pair of compasses carved into the
face of Catherine Eddowes, and the removal of meal buttons and coins
from her and Annie Chapman. The cryptic graffiti daubed on a wall in
Goulston St was “the most flagrant clue of all”.
New archives
prove for the first time that Maybrick and his brother James – who has
previously been named as the Ripper – were both Masons.
They
reveal Freemasons were in prominent positions in the Scotland Yard
inquiry, including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren
and Chief Inspector Donald Swanson.
Two coroners who ruled on the
murders, Wynne Baxter and Henry Crawford, and at least three of the
police doctors who examined the bodies were also Masons.

Maybrick, who was on the Supreme Grand Council of Freemasons, travelled the country as a performer.
His
entry in the carefully handwritten records describes him as a
“vocalist”. It says he was a member of the St Andrew’s Lodge from 1863
until 1887 – meaning he left a year before the nine-week period in 1888
when five women were murdered in the East End of London, in one of the
biggest unsolved crimes in British history.
Warren is said to
have been a senior member of the Masonic Society. He was a founder
member of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge and an authority on Freemasonic
history and ritual.
Robinson told the Daily Telegraph: “It was
endemic in the way England ran itself. At the time of Jack the Ripper,
there were something like 360 Tory MPs, 330 of which I can identify as
Masons.
“The whole of the ruling class was Masonic, from the heir to the throne down. It was part of being in the club.
“Part
of the whole ethic of Freemasonry is whatever it is, however it’s done,
you protect the brotherhood – and that’s what happened.
“They
weren’t protecting Jack the Ripper, they were protecting the system that
Jack the Ripper was threatening. And to protect the system, they had to
protect him. And the Ripper knew it.”

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