Chicago Doctor H.H. Holmes Was Jack the Ripper?

H.H. Holmes killer

A book has recently been released by the author Jeff Mudgett who claims he knows without a doubt who Jack the Ripper truly was, and that was his own great-great-grandfather and Chicago doctor, H. H. Holmes. The story is both brutal and riveting and focuses on his family member  who was considered America’s 1st and most infamous serial killer.

In the book entitled Bloodstains, Jeff  has a theory that Herman Webster Mudgett, which was Holmes real name may also have been the notorious fiend ‘Jack the Ripper.’ The evidence he presents inside the pages he wrote are fascinating to say the least.

During the time period that the horrific Ripper murders were occurring in England, H.H. Holmes was not seen or accounted for anywhere in the United States. Yet, after they were over he was back in Chicago, stated the Chicago Tribune.

Is it possible that two of the most infamous serial killers of the 19th century could be the same man? This idea made Jeff start looking into the monstrous crimes of his ancestor and the investigation took an even darker turn, when he began to notice parallels between how Holmes and that of Jack the Ripper worked.

He stated that writing samples from his notorious family member which have been examined by experts suggest that Holmes and Jack the Ripper was, indeed, the same person.

One handwriting expert put the two samples into a computer program that stated there was almost a 98 percent chance that H.H. Holmes’ handwriting matched with an infamous Jack the Ripper letter was a match. The computer program used was one that is owned by the Department of Justice.

H.H. Holmes confessed to killing 27 people in the late 1890s, but it is believed he possibly could have murdered as many as 200 people. He also had a very similar way of killing his victims compared to Jack the Ripper. After he performed the deeds, Holmes would then dissect the corpses, and sell the skeletons to medical schools. He had a sort of friendly repose with them so he was able to get away with it without any sort of notice at the time.

Jack the Ripper would take the internal organs of his victims and mutilate them in ways in which caused many to believe the killer was surgically trained, that he must have been a doctor.

The Chicago Tribune has looked at this case and has written on it. They reported that H.H. Holmes allegedly trekked to London in 1888. This was the very year that Jack the Ripper committed his ghastly crimes.

Some critics have blasted Mudgett for his book, saying he is just trying to sell non-sense to make money, but he responds to the criticism with saying the proof is in his book and in history itself.

Jack the Ripper is believed to have killed five prostitutes in London during the year 1888. Jack the Ripper got that terrible title because of how this unknown killer ripped open the bodies of his victims. They were people who lived in the poor and immigrant communities, and it is believed that Jack the Ripper went specifically after female prostitutes. He would slash their throats before he defaced their internal organs.

After he returned to the United States, H.H. was eventually caught and admitted to only 27 murders and was then hanged in May 1896. He had been married at least three times and had an unknown total of children with all his spouses.

Jeff only found out of his frightening heritage when his grandmother began to investigate their ancestry because she wanted to know more about their family tree. He got this information of his family at 40 years of age, and it left him questioning everything about his family and himself.

The identity of Jack the Ripper has remained unknown all these years but he may now have been found in the identify of Chicago doctor H.H. Holmes. The Ripper has become one of the world’s most famous killers, even now over 100 years after his deadly spree.


Written by: Kimberly Ruble

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9 Responses to Chicago Doctor H.H. Holmes Was Jack the Ripper?

  1. Lorna March 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Like many people throughout the world, I have been intrigued by the crimes of Jack the Ripper. After reading articles and listening to documentaries on both Jack the Ripper and HH Holmes, I was pretty well convinced that they were one and the same. Whenever the subject came up, I pretty well said that to anyone who cared to listen. Evidence, confirmed or not, ties the two serial killers together. After reading about the computerized composite drawings being a 98% match and also learning that the hand writing of both men are the same, I am convinced. I am looking forward to reading the book, ‘Bloodstains,’ by Jeff Mudgett and am looking forward to the movie in which Leonardo Decaprillo will hopefully be starring in.

  2. Dane Ladwig February 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I have recently (Feb 7, 14) released a book on the matter and although I cannot say Holmes IS unequivocally beyond all doubt the Ripper, Holmes does show up on the census as living in London and he visited his school chum Edmund Buckley in London quite frequently. Does this prove Holmes was the Ripper? No. However, this does prove with his background and several indicators according to the original coroners reports and investigation case files, that Holmes was a “prime” suspect in the Ripper case that was never considered in the Whitechapel murders. Oh, and did I mention Buckley and Holmes were involved in defrauding insurance companies when they attended the University of Michigan College of Medicine. This happens to be the same Buckley who hails from a wealthy British family with a history of holding a seat in Parliament. To disqualify Holmes as a prime suspect in the Ripper murders, is to say that the Ripper’s identity has been identified.

  3. Misty Keeler February 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    For one H.H. Holmes was the alias. Real name Herman Mudgett. He is a relative. Not proud of it but not trying to get rich off it. Have researched the madman like crazy. Highly doubt he’s the ripper. This BS is coming from a man I myself have argued with because he also claims to have diaries from Holmes. He’s not even a direct descendat of Holmes so highly doubt he has information that I don’t. I am a direct descendant and if he thinks Holmes is bad he better do more researching. He hasn’t found the rest.

  4. charlie crabtree January 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    H.H. Holmes was definitely Jack the Ripper. Handwriting comparison proves this beyond a reasonable doubt. Case closed Penny! Sincerely, Inspector Gadget

  5. charlie crabtree January 13, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Penny is a moron of epic proportions. I would be willing to bet Penny is a liberal also.

  6. Eric January 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    The police sketch and the picture of Holmes are uncanny:

  7. matt December 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm


  8. Penny October 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Jeff Mudgett joins the elite group of “relatives of infamous killers” who have penned useless and inaccurate chronicles in order to cash in on their murderous ancestors and grab their 15 minutes of fame through these works of fiction. Had Mr. Mudgett done his research into the crimes of both his great grandfather and that of London’s Jack the Ripper he could have saved himself much trouble and spared the public from this present banality. Jack the Ripper killed before Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols and was still murdering long after the mutilation of Mary Jane Kelly in November 1888. The Ripper’s crimes continued for years after Kelly died, possibly into the 20th century. An example, Frances Coles was murdered in the year 1892, Scotland Yard detectives attributed Coles’ death to the Ripper. Why people continue to perpetuate myths is beyond my comprehension.

    HH Holmes (alias Mudgett) was busy in America during the London murders swindling, scamming and finally killing dozens of innocent people that were unlucky enough to cross his path. Needless to say, when the crimes of both killers are profiled it is obvious we are talking about two entirely different people. Their psychological needs are completely different which goes far beyond MO (modus operandi). A killer can and does change his MO but his criminal signature will never change. The signatures of these killers as per the crimes themselves are polar opposites. Please, before anyone else writes another preposterous book of tales, do your homework and stick with the facts of the case.

    • Rilms January 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      First off cole’s murder was never tied to ripper . Second the majority of historiens and investigateurs do believe that the ripper was an American visiting London or at the very least fled to america . Third the scottland yard also compared the ripper hand writing to Holmes hand writing and found them to be the same. Fourth they also entered the eye whitness accounts and the composite drawing of the ripper into à compter program and the picture the computr printed out was a 98% match to HH Holmes. To get à conviction in court you only need to get a 80% match. I think someone needs to do homework and get facts straight but i thnk that person is you.


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