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Was Writer Lewis Carroll Jack the Ripper?

Is the famous storywriter Jack the Ripper?

By Sarah LeePublished 7 years ago 3 min read
Lewis Carroll 

Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, he was the third child but the first son and the third child in a family of three.

He academically excelled at his boarding school but he was often perturbed, stating that school was 'annoying' and no one could understand his meaning of 'annoyance'.

He went to Christ Church where he excelled at mathematics and earned a Christ Church equivalent of fellowship even though his interest was more in performing arts.

When a Dean arrived at his college with his wife and three daughters, Lewis became attached to the three girls and often took them on picnics outside.

On one such occasion, the idea of Alice came crawling into his head, when he told the stories to the girls, they urged him to write it down.

Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865 under Lewis Carroll, a name made by Charles.

The story was successful and this led to Charles's life being segmented into two one is the personal life of Charles and the other being the myth surrounding 'Lewis Carroll".

THEORY 1: Doctor Jekyll And Mr.Hyde (Affirmative)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a novella by Louis Stevenson. It is about one person with two different identities.

Dr. Jekyll, a nice well-mannered doctor who gives back to the society.

The second personality is Mr.Hyde, a mischief who wreaks havoc in society by breaking property and doing all kinds of stuff.

The Theory is that Dodgson is Dr. Hyde who is a polite and well-mannered quiet person while Carroll is the complete opposite--the 'bad side' of Dodgson--with this side of himself, Dodgson is able to commit all the crimes he has dreamt about, perhaps just like Dr.Jekyll, Dodgson broke under the pressure of being the perfect and found comfort in the moulding of Carroll.

Another evidence is the similarity of handwriting comparing those by Lewis Carroll and those Jack The Ripper sent. The evidence of similar handwriting does hold up to some point but the 'S' from both letters don't match up. 'From Hell' shows that the writer was trying his best for a crooked way of writing so he wouldn't be identified.

THEORY 2: Lack of Evidence But Abundance of Conjecture.

Lewis Carroll being Jack The Ripper was first proposed by Richard Wallace on his book 'Jack The Ripper, Light-Hearted Man' published in 1996.

This theory wasn't taken seriously because the evidence wasn't convincing, the book relied heavily on anagrams out of passages and writings of Lewis Carroll.

The evidence just wasn't concrete at all, if we take the word, God it could be changed into a dog, it doesn't mean they have connections.

The theory proposed by Wallace was just an old man's way for publicity. His book is based on conjecture with no concrete evidence.

Secondly, the whereabouts of Carroll does not match the murders committed by The Ripper.

When Mary-Ann Nichols, Anne Chapman, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were killed, Carroll was vacationing in East Sussex with a child actress.

While Mary Jane Kelly was killed, both Carroll and his friend Thomas Vere Bayne, who is thought to be Carroll's partner in crime, were at Oxford.

So there is no way that one man could be in two different places at the same time, unless he had a time machine which was highly unlikely based on the scientific enhancement at the time was low and 'The Time Machine' wasn't published yet.

My conclusion is that Lewis Carroll didn't commit the murder base on lack of evidence. So who was it that terrorized London from August to November 1888? Did Jack The Ripper even exist?

The Infamous letter 'From Hell' Allegedly of Jack The Ripper.

From Hell.

Letter from the writer, Lewis Carroll, aka Dodgson

Letter from Dodgson to the steward.

fact or fiction

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