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Jack the Ripper

   Posted by: David   in Uncategorized

Jack the Ripper

As a rule I want the atmosphere and energy of Vintage Paranormal to be positive and encouraging. Serial killers don’t generally conjure warm feelings when we reflect upon them but if you are fascinated with the Victorian age sooner or later you will come face to face with this criminal.

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His or her identity continues to elude even the finest investigators of every era since the Ripper walked the streets of Whitechapel. My purpose for bringing the Ripper into this discussion is not to speculate on who-done-it, but to consider the impact these crimes had not only on Victorian culture but on our own.

For the Victorians of England the Ripper was an embarrassment. Whitechapel was a slum of the worse kind. Rats and feces filled the streets. Crime was rampant and in many respects unrestrained, and Whitechapel was the home of several immigrant populations.

When the murders gained world attention, the attention of the world was brought to Whitechapel and the Queen was embarrassed. She wanted the murders solved if for no other reason than to silence the criticism that began to circulate because of the horrendous living conditions in Whitechapel.

Activist like Annie Besant flocked to the area to protest for social change and spiritualists offered their services to a bewildered police force but in the autumn of 1888 the killings didn’t stop until the grand finale of Mary Kelly on November 9, 1888.

Of particular interest to me are the theories of Aleister Crowley, Neil Storey, and more indirectly Judith Flanders.

In his book, Jack the Ripper and Black Magic, Spiro Dimolianis said that “Crowley had a theory that the Whitechapel murderer was engaged in sorcery and enchantments to such a degree that he was able to become invisible and thus escape the policemen’s vigilance in the alley.”

At first glance this theory sounds ridiculous but Crowley was alive and living in England at the time of the murders, he is one of history’s foremost authorities on the occult in general and on the darker side in particular, the Ripper murdered and completed complex surgical operations literally under the nose of the police, and there was never an eye witness to any one of the killings.

I did my own investigation of magical practices that might shed light in these killings and found that the organs extracted are sometimes used in ritual practice and sometimes for the purpose of giving the magician influence over the minds of others or powers beyond the natural.

In his book, The Dracula Secrets: Jack the Ripper and the Darkest Sources of Bram Stoker, Neil Storey demonstrates the inspirational connection between the real life Ripper and the fictional Dracula. Neil says, “It is no mere coincidence that Stoker had Dracula venturing into the East End of London.”

Finally, Judith Flanders in her book, The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime argued that “murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, with cold blooded killings transformed into novels, broadsides, ballads, opera, and melodrama….The founders of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens’s Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes.”

So when you enjoy your favorite crime drama or watch your favorite serial killer movie or read your favorite suspense thriller remember Jack, the vicious and mysterious Victorian killer who started it all.

Much love,
David

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