Members of the forum may be interested in these letters being sold at our auction tomorrow, Thursday 26th April.
Lots 205 and 206 each comprise a rare autograph letter signed by James Berry, in one writing of his hanging of a young murderer, that of the Jack the Ripper suspect William Bury in 1889. The letters were sent to the bohemian socialite Lewis Strange Wingfield and offer a fascinating insight into the life of the executioner.
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Bury has been mentioned as a suspect, but I don't think he is anywhere near the top of the list.
When I have time (after all the Harry Dainton malarkey slows down) I will get to reading my copy of John J Eddleston's Encyclopedia on JtR. Just taking a gander though on a refs to Bury, I see on page 278 (paperback v) he writes:
This book contains more than 140 names of those who were suspected at one time or another of being the Ripper. If we go through that list again, deleting those who did not live in the area, were not aged 25 to 35, were far too tall, had the wrong colouring, and so on, our lineup of suspects becomes much shorter. In fact, it contains just the following names:
Barnett, Joseph Bury, William Henry Hutchinson, George Kaminsky, Nathan Kominski, Aaron Unknown male
Looks like he must have been a contender in some respects I suppose
I have also seen John tends to feel it comes down to an 'Unknown male' with a 5 out of 5 score, whereas Bury comes in at 3 out of 5 in the scale of chances of being the Ripper.