The Russian Doctor Theory

Newspaper article from 1888 that introduces the Russian doctor theory
Newspaper article from 1889 that introduces the Russian doctor theory

In the Shadow of the Seven Stars
Hunting the Ripper

Taranaki Herald, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 8492, 7 June 1889

ANOTHER THEORY OF THE EAST-END MURDERS.

Extraordinary Story.

The Russian paper Novosti makes a startling revelation. According to the Muscovite contemporary the “Whitechapel murderer” is a Russian. The Novosti gives the following particulars: “He was born at Tiraspol in South Russia in 1847, and graduated at the Odessa University. After 1870 he became a fanatical Anarchist, and emigrated to Paris, where he went out of his mind. His monomania was that fallen women could only be redeemed and go to heaven if they were murdered. This led him to perpetrate a number of murders in Paris. The Paris police arrested him, but on discovering that he was a lunatic they shut him up in an asylum. That was sixteen years ago. He was kept there until a short time prior to the first murder in Whitechapel, when he was released as cured. He went to London, and there lodged with different compatriot refugees until the first woman was assassinated in Whitechapel, since which time his friends have not seen him.

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