Mary Kelly knew too much and talked too much. Her prostitute friends in Whitechapel agreed she should try to sell her silence about what she knew. At least ... that’s how one version of the Ripper tale is told.

What information did Mary have?

  • Knowledge about the secret royal baby, Queen Victoria’s great-granddaughter Alice Margaret Crook;
  • Knowledge about the child’s mother, Annie Crook; and
  • Knowledge about the baby's alleged father, Prince Eddie.

The women concocted a scheme - so the story goes - to blackmail the royal family through Prince Eddie’s friend and mentor, Walter Sickert (the famous artist). What did they risk their lives for? The sum of 10 pounds sterling.

According to the story, Sickert received a blackmail note from Mary Kelly. That note found its way into the hands of Dr. William Gull who then used his hands for the most gruesome work of his career.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Dec 23, 2013

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