"Why do you think you possess this morbid fascination with serial killers?"
The Demon Blurk
Back to the well......
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"Jack The Ripper"
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John Charles Netley (1860–1903) was a cab driver who is notable because of claims that he was involved in the 'Whitechapel Murders' committed by Jack the Ripper.
In 1976, author Stephen Knight accused Netley of complicity in the crimes in his book "Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution". According to Knight, Netley drove the coach in which Sir William Gull carried out the actual killings as part of a conspiracy involving the royal family and freemasonry. Most scholars reject the theory as a fantasy, and consider Netley to be innocent. However, Netley was a twin - his brother William Henry survived for only a few months - and as such, might well have been left-handed. Police surgeons examining the Ripper victims believed that the murderer was left-handed and according to the legends of Freemasonry, a Masonic execution called for three executioners to be present and the final wound, the cutting of the throat, to be inflicted from left to right.
Knight's conspiracy theory originated from the story of Joseph Sickert, who claimed to be the illegitimate son of Walter Sickert, another 'Ripper' suspect. He related that after the killings had concluded, Netley was heavily involved in attempts on the life of the young Alice Crook (supposedly the illegitimate daughter of Annie Crook and Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, the grandson of Queen Victoria), trying to run her down with his carriage.
Joseph Sickert claimed that he drowned after the attempt, having run to Westminster where he jumped off the pier. Sickert was wrong in this and therefore could not have based his story on any contemporary evidence, as has often been suggested. A newspaper report was found of a man who gave his name as "Nickley" being rescued by from the river by the pier master, and later discharging himself from hospital. Nickley could have been a misheard Netley - or a quickly assumed name. Stephen Knight said that the Dictionary of British Surnames did not list Nickley.
Netley died in an accident when the wheel of his van hit an obelisk in London's Park Road, where it joins on to Baker Street, near to Clarence Gate in Regent's Park. He was thrown from his van under the hooves of the horses where his head was crushed by a wheel.