Excerpted from Murder Most Foul:

¡§Such things do not happen in criminal practice in England.¡¨
¡V Sherlock Holmes4

Although Conan Doyle may have in the Adventure of the Sussex Vampire4 been correct about clinical vampirism, and would undoubtedly have been correct in doubting that the Ripper was actually a DNA-sampling and vivisecting alien life form, the classification and premise of ¡¥paranormal¡¦ encompasses many other circumstances that are quite possible. Could not the Ripper have been an otherwise normal person, but one possessed of strange and unusual needs that precipitated the murders? This is indeed X-Files territory, and one excellent example from that program is the episode of the strange man who awoke from hibernation every 40 years with a hunger for human liver, that he needed to survive the ages. It is certainly not being suggested that the Ripper was of this or similar ilk, but only that he might have been someone significantly different from everyone else. Science today does recognize ¡¥vampire killers¡¦, typically those who are afflicted with ¡¥Renfield¡¦s Syndrome¡¦, an actual pathological craving for the ¡¥life force¡¦ of others. At least one serial killer, Fritz Haarmann, has in the past exhibited a genuine clinical vampirism19. Another serial killer, Richard Trenton Chase, was actually known as the "Vampire of Sacramento" because he often killed animals, and sometimes even whole families, to drink their blood, doing so out of a delusion that it would cure him of an imaginary disease.

Consider the following anecdote, excerpted, from all places, the biography of the cartoon animator Chuck Jones:

¡§I can only suppose that some vital juice necessary to cats was in short supply in the muttering Ferrari-like bowels of Johnson.¡¨
- Chuck Jones, Chuck Amuck

Here, Jones is reminiscing about a cat, Johnson, which he had as a boy, a quite unusual cat with a taste for grapefruit. Neither he nor his family ever understood just why the cat liked to eat grapefruit, but the fact remains that it did, although such tastes are obviously not ¡¥normal¡¦ for cats. Is it possible, then, that the Ripper was simply a freak of nature, like a man with two hearts, a clinical vampire, or a cat that craves grapefruit, with his own natural hungers and needs, that not even other serial killers could begin to understand? ¡¥Freaks¡¦ of nature are not all that uncommon, as we see here:

¡§For a lucky handful of people in this world, there is no such thing as tooth decay. Their teeth naturally resist all cavities, and normal wearing away is replaced by upwellings of dentin, the inner material of the tooth, rising and replacing the worn enamel like tiny fountains of youth.¡¨8

¡§The feats of one twin at calendar-calculating were especially remarkable: he was reported to have had a range of at least 6,000 years ¡V far beyond the range of any conventional or perpetual calendar.¡¨30

¡§Multiple murderer Bobby Joe Long had an extra X (female) chromosome, otherwise known as Klinefelter's syndrome, which meant he had the female hormone estrogen circulating in higher amounts in his system, causing his breasts to grow during puberty. He brutally murdered prostitutes and other women who reminded him of his mother's promiscuity.¡¨19

Statistically, 1 in 33,000 people have rod monochromat, an imbalance of the rods and cones in the eyes. This is a condition similar to the natural way that the eyes of predatory cats are constructed, and which circumstance allows them to hunt nocturnally. While daytime vision of someone with this condition would be poor and would likely require the use of tinted spectacles, he could literally ¡¥see in the dark¡¦, a quite handy talent for someone contemplating mutilation of and organ extraction from a murder victim lying in near-total darkness.

¡§It has been estimated by the FBI¡¦s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime that there are as many as fifty serial killers at work in America today. This means the serial killer is a rare bird indeed, a statistical anomaly that shows up only once in every 5 million members of the overall population.¡¨17

If this statement is to be believed, then the Ripper would most likely have been the only serial killer at work in 1888 London. And if he were really 1 in 5 million, why could he not, for example, have also been 1 in only 33,000 with rod monochromat? Or why could he have not been one of the very few people with a documented special pathology or peculiar talent such as instant mathematical computation, any of which might have simultaneously motivated him and helped him commit these crimes in such a mysterious and efficient manner?

Conclusion ¡V if the Ripper were indeed a ¡¥freak¡¦, one possessed of strange and rare abilities, needs, or desires, then any attempt to analyze or rationalize the murders and the mutilations will likely forever prove futile. It is, of course, possible, and much more probable, that he might have been driven by one or more of the other motives and reasons discussed, and merely used a ¡¥freak¡¦ ability to aid him in commission of the crimes. In either case, his subsequent abandoning of the victims where they lay could most likely be attributed to ego, as surely such a man would never believe that he could ever be caught by ¡¥ordinary¡¦ or ¡¥normal¡¦ men. His other motives for mutilation and leaving of the victims in public could have been as follows:

„h Jack the Bogeyman
„h Jack the Egotist
„h Jack the Blind Man

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„h Jack the Practical Man
„h Jack the Bogeyman
„h Jack the Egotist
„h Jack the Litterbug


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