Montague Druitt (1857–1888) was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper
murders that took place in London between August and November 1888. He
came from an upper-middle class English background, and studied at
Winchester College and the University of Oxford. After graduating, he
took a position at a boarding school and pursued a parallel career in
the law; he qualified as a barrister in 1885. His main interest outside
work was cricket, which he played with many leading players of the
time, including Lord Harris and Francis Lacey. In November 1888, he
lost his post at the school for reasons that remain unclear. One month
later his body was found drowned in the River Thames. His death, which
was found to be a suicide, roughly coincided with the end of the
murders that were attributed to Jack the Ripper. Private suggestions in
the 1890s that he could have committed the crimes became public
knowledge in the 1960s, and led to the publication of books that
proposed him as the murderer. The evidence against him was entirely
circumstantial, and many writers from the 1970s onwards have rejected
him as a likely suspect. (more...)
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I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I have got
hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to
arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my
pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks
and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought
His battles who will now be my rewarder. When the day that he must go
hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as
he went, he said, "Death, where is thy sting?" And as he went down
deeper, he said, "Grave, where is thy victory?"
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