Broadmoore Criminal Lunatic Asylum in Berkshire England
James Kelly killed his wife in 1883 less than a month into his marriage he argued with his wife and accused her of having an affair. He then plunged a knife into her neck and killed her. Kelly was sentenced to hang for killing his wife but his boss came forward and said that Kelly was insane. The doctors agreed and said Kelly was insane and sent him to the Broadmoore Criminal Lunatic Asylum where he fashioned a key out of a piece of metal and escaped. This was just before the ripper murders happened.
James Kelly was an upholster by trade and he did to furniture what Jack the Ripper did to women. It's believed that James Kelly showed up in London and that he killed the eleven women listed below in London during the Jack the Ripper murders.
Mary Ann Nichols
Elizabeth Stride *
Catherine Eddowes *
Pinchin Street Torso
Some people dispute some of these and say they are not all ripper murders but who really knows. * Means that this was know as the double murder event. It's believed that Jack the Ripper killed these two women on the same day because he was scared off after he killed the first one.
Police Did Suspect James Kelly
It is known from historical records that police involved in the investigation of the Ripper Murders suspected James Kelly. Police went around to the house where he had lived with his wife hunting for him but he was no where to be found. It is at about this time that it's believed that Kelly fearing the police were hot on his trail got on a ship and went New York City.
James Kelly Beside A Drawing Of Jack The Ripper
James Kelly is on the right and a police drawing of Jack the Ripper is on the left. It sure looks like the same man to me. And if it is then we now know that James Kelly was Jack the Ripper.
April 23 1891 Carrie Brown Was Murdered In A Flea Bag Motel In Manhattan on the lower east side.
Carrie Brown One Of The Ripper Victims In New York City In The Photo Above
Carrie Brown was a 56 year old prostitute when she was killed in a room in a Flea Bag Hotel on the lower east side of Manhattan on the night of April 23 , 1891. The people who had known Carrie Brown when she was alive called her, " Old Shakespeare "
On the morning of the 24th the landlord Edward Fitzgerald who doubled as a bartender and the landlord at the East River Motel went to room 31 and beat on the door to ask for another nights rent which was 25 cents if the person in the room was going to spend another night. Nothing could have prepared him for what he found in room 31 when he opened that door.
The nude body of Carrie Brown was on the bed and her throat had been cut. Her stomach had been ripped open and her intestines were thrown on the bed with her. It is said that her kidneys and heart were missing. To say the least it was a horrible mess and the long hard life of Carrie Brown was over. She had turned to prostitution to survive after her acting career failed and her husband died. It is known that women such as Carrie Brown charged 10 cents for about 10 minutes of their time in their rooms at that time.
The crime scene in Carrie Brown's room was almost exactly like the crime scene of Mary Kelly who was killed in London at 13 Millers Court in the early morning hours of November 9th 1888. Her body was also discovered when the rent man there went around to collect the rent. There it was a rent man named Thomas Boyer who made the gruesome discovery at 10.45 A.M. on the morning of November 9th 1888.
Photo Of The Mary Kelly Murder Scene. It's circumstantial evidence for sure but the murder scene of Carrie Brown in 1891 was eerily similar. Modern police investigators who have viewed photos of both murders say that its likely that the same person killed both women.
It is know that Mary Kelly was out in the courtyard looking for the rent man at about 8.30 A.M. on the morning of the day she was found dead by the rent man just a few hours later at 10.45 A.M. She was seen by several people being approached by a man with a large mustache, a floppy hat and a shirt and tie. She was heard to tell the man she was tired and going to bed but the man passed her some money and they both went back into her room. It was almost assuredly Jack the Ripper the people had seen and told about and if it was then it is likely that it was James Kelly. And he most likely killed Mary Kelly just a few minutes later.
During the time that it is known that James Kelly was in America murders similar to the Ripper Murders happened in every American city he visited. In Galveston Texas a pregnant young prostitute was killed in a hotel there and the crime scene was very similar to the Mary Kelly and Carrie Brown murders. If this is true then it is most likely James Kelly who committed all the murders.
In a recent History channel special about the Ripper Murders James Kelly was identified as Jack the Ripper. It seems that after all these years that the mystery of who Jack the Ripper was has been solved.
James Kelly escaped from the Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum in early 1888 before the Whitechapel Ripper Murders took place later that year. Kelly had been sentenced to be hanged for stabbing his wife of one month to death in the neck. His boss from work came forward and said he thought James Kelly was insane. Kelly was examined by doctors who agreed that Kelly was indeed insane. He was sent to the Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum where he escaped by making a piece of iron into a key and walked out the front door of Broadmoor.
Almost forty years later in 1927 James Kelly knocked on the front door of Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum and turned his self back in asking for help with his mental problems. He told officials at Broadmoor that he had been to America and all around England while he had been gone for almost forty years. James Kelly died two years later at Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum of natural causes. It is now believed that police officials in London at the time of the Whitechapel Murders had strongly suspected Kelly of being Jack the Ripper. How he did what he did and escaped justice all those years is not known.
A retired New York Cold Case detective named Ed Norris investigated the Ripper case for the Discovery Channel and he said that he was convinced that James Kelly and Jack the Ripper were one in the same person. If so then the mystery of who Jack the Ripper was has been solved. Norris went on to say that Kelly committed many murders while he was in America and that all the murders were eerily similar. Norris said he believes that James Kelly was Jack the Ripper. If so then Kelly was never tried for any of the murders either in England or the United States.
I personally believe that there is enough evidence that James Kelly would have been found guilty of being Jack the Ripper either in America or in England. I am convinced to a 99 percent certainty that James Kelly was Jack the Ripper.