This theory first surfaced in Stephen Knight's 1976 book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution. Knight believed that Jack the Ripper was actually Dr. William Gull--Queen Victoria's own physician. The story goes that the Queen's grandson, Prince Albert Edward had secretly married a hooker by the name of Annie Crook, and they had a child. As an heir to the throne, Queen Victoria (or possibly the Prime Minister) ordered that everyone who knew about the secret marriage should be eliminated--and Freemason Dr. Gull was the man selected to take care of it. Interesting story, and Knight based it on a story told by Joseph Sickert--his grandfather was a painter and insider back in the days the murders took place (and oddly enough, his grandfather is also suspecting of being Jack the Ripper according to a couple of the theories).
|Jack the Tyler???|
So was Jack the Ripper a Freemason? Since he was never identified--who knows? But if he was, I hope they didn't let him be the Tyler . . .