Florence Maybrick: Death Sentence Commuted - A DECEIVING CALM

Although there were no new murders in Whitechapel, during the month of October in 1888, The Illustrated Police News still published a story about the unsolved events occurring in London’s West End. This image depicts the News’ issue which was released on October 13, 1888. The newspaper—which sold for about a penny per copy—was the mastermind of a man called George Purkess.


The month of October was quiet in Whitechapel. So, too, was the month of October quiet in the "diary."

James Maybrick had recently turned 50. His "medicine" was not giving him the strength he thought it would.

A late-October "diary" entry states:

It has been far too long since my last, I have been unwell.


I was forced to stop myself from indulging in my pleasure by taking the largest dose I have ever done. The pain that night has burnt into my mind...The pain was intolerable, as I think I shudder. No more...I am convinced God placed me here to kill all whores, for he must have done so, am I still not here. Nothing will stop me now. The more I take the more stronger I become...

And so it was that with his feelings of righteous mission, and increasing strength, James Maybrick—according to diary supporters—met Mary Jane Kelly.

0 Question or Comment?
click to read or comment
2 Questions 2 Ponder
click to read and respond
0 It's Awesome!
vote for your favorite

Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 1999

Updated Last Revision: Jul 02, 2019

To cite this story (For MLA citation guidance see easybib or OWL ):

"A DECEIVING CALM" AwesomeStories.com. Oct 01, 1999. Feb 17, 2020.
Awesome Stories Silver or Gold Membership Required
Awesome Stories Silver or Gold Membership Required
Show tooltips