The infamous Jack the Ripper’s last victim is said to have been buried in St Patrick’s Catholic cemetery in Leytonstone, east London, but Church graveyard authority has refused to allow an exhumation. A retired surgeon called Doctor Wynne Weston-Davies has argued the Ripper’s last victim, known as Mary Jane was the street name used by his great aunt, Elizabeth Weston-Davies, while working as a prostitute and that his great aunt is buried in the cemetery. The surgeon alleges Jack the Ripper was in fact Mary Jane’s former husband, a journalist called Francis Spurzheim Craig.
Dr Weston-Davies believes Mr Craig killed his wife because of his shame that his marriage to her had collapsed and because she had returned to prostitution.
The surgeon claimed Mr Craig murdered his wife then killed four other women as “cover” for his crime.
Doctor Weston-Davies has detailed his theory in his book, The Real Mary Kelly.
The surgeon wishes to exhume her body to gain DNA evidence that may back his claim.
But he has had his objective blocked by a Catholic charity which owns the graveyard, called the Secular Clergy Common Fund.
Doctor Weston-Davies said the Secular Clergy Common Fund told him: “The Fund, as the authority controlling the burial ground, would object to exhumation as this would disturb the remains of other persons in the cemetery.”
The surgeon needs DNA evidence to see if he is related to Mary Jane Kelly as this would then prove she was in fact his great aunt Elizabeth Weston-Davies, and thus would help his claim that the Ripper was in fact his great aunt’s husband Mr Francis Spurzheim Craig.
Speaking to the Daily Mail Dr Weston-Davies said: “I am confident we can exhume that coffin cleanly.
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The incidents mostly happened in the Eastend of London, mostly in Whitechapel which was a crime-ridden quarter where vice violence and drunkenness flourished.
The East End was where most of the outcasts of London, the slums were filthy and had the worst overcrowding and highest death rates.
Amongst the chaotic conditions of the slums the Ripper stalked the streets at night and murdered five women.
The five murdered women were Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly.
They are known as the “canonical five”.
Express.co.uk has contacted in St Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Secular Clergy Common Fund separately for comment.