Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of London’s Whitechapel during the late Summer and Autumn of 1888. As the murdered remains unknown, despite the best efforts of police officers and researchers since the murders began in 1888 until the present day theories are put forward for the identity or the murderer. One of the most popular theories amongst the media and followers of Ripper theories is that Prince Albert Victor, son of King Edward VII was somehow involved in the murders.
One of the simplest versions of the royal conspiracy theories is that Prince Albert Victor enjoyed spending time amongst the brothels of the London slum known as Whitechapel. Because of his relationships with prostitutes in Whitechapel the Prince is often reported to have contracted the sexually transistor infection syphilis. As his mental state became affected by the disease, Albert Victor began to experience violent episodes, which resulted in revenge killings of five women in Whitechapel. No evidence exists to support the theory Albert Victor contracted syphilis, his death is attributed to influenza in 1892.
A larger conspiracy is often reported, with the royal physician Sir William Gull often alleged to be the murderer known as Jack the Ripper. In this theory, Prince Albert Victor has a relationship with a Whitechapel resident called Annie Crook. This relationship results in a child, Alice Margaret, either born in or out of wedlock depending on the version of the theory. Three of the victims of the Ripper, Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman and Elizabeth Stride are reported to have known of the relationship and child of the Prince, and been murdered to stop the information becoming well known. Gull is usually alleged to have been given the responsibility of killing the women by Queen Victoria and the British government. Sir William Gull is also reported to have institutionalized Annie Crook to stop her story becoming known by the general public.
Problems abound with the conspiracy theories regarding the British Royal Family and Jack the Ripper. Sir William Gull had suffered a stroke during the 1870s resulting in partial paralysis, as a single murderer is usually suspected in the Ripper murders the aging Gull may have found difficulty in completing the murders with some form of paralysis affecting his body. To believe the conspiracy theory involving Sir William Gull a case must be proven that the physician could invent a serial killer, and adopt the persona to kill at least five women in Whitechapel.
Records and documents can be altered, but press reports and royal documents show Albert Victor was not in London at the time of the Jack the Ripper killings. As for the Prince taking out a murderous rage on the women of Whitechapel, he is usually portrayed as a friendly, amiable person. Although he did frequent the brothels of Whitechapel, Prince Albert Victor is often reported to have conducted homosexual, rather than heterosexual relationships in the area.