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Tameika Jane Roebuck, has uncovered more evidence
that his Great Great Grandfather was Jack The Ripper.
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Alleged Jack the Ripper Andrew John Gibson,
also known as Walter Thomas Porriott
FAMILY OUTS RELATIVE AS WORLD'S FIRST SERIAL KILLER
He has spent much of the past 25 years hunting down the truth about his great-great grandfather, Walter Thomas Porriott, a convicted killer and conman who died in Brisbane in 1952.
And he now believes his evil ancestor, who is buried in Brisbane, was Jack The Ripper - the infamous serial killer who stalked Whitechapel in London.
The savage murders of five prostitutes on the foggy streets of London in 1888 were never solved.
Porriott was the name Mr Wilson's ancestor was using at the end of his life. He is said to have married 20 times, usually to fleece his brides of their family money.
He was born Andrew John Gibson in 1870 but the April 1915 Police Gazette listed many aliases
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Porriott is buried with his last wife, Bessie, but was so reviled even by his own family that his name does not appear on the gravestone, just the words "Bessie and her husband".
The gravestone, with a thin outline of the Ripper etched in the sandstone, sits high on a hill in Toowong cemetery. It was vandalised in August.
"Porriott had a pathological hatred of prostitutes," says Mr Wilson at his Sydney home, where he has books and reams of archival material he says confirm Porriott as the killer.
"When I was eight my grandmother died and we inherited all her things, including all these medical books that belonged to Porriott," says Mr Wilson, a nurse.
"He was an extraordinary conman and fraudster who posed as a doctor for much of his life so he knew a lot about anatomy like the Ripper.
"Porriott wrote a medical textbook called Health and Vigour while posing as a doctor in Sydney in 1914 and in the book he explains his hate for prostitutes. He says they are the cause of all diseases and that they should all be wiped out with "an axe at the very roots of this deadly evil'. "
Porriott was a teenager in England when all five murders were committed. Mr Wilson has a copy of a bad cheque Porriott once wrote in 1892.
He has meticulously compared the handwriting with the infamous "Dear Boss" letter a man signing himself "Jack The Ripper" wrote to London's Central News Agency on 27 September, 1888, after the second murder, declaring: "I'm down on whores and I shant (sic) quit ripping them until I get buckled."
Mr Wilson says "Porriott wrote with a funny-shaped 'n' exactly the same as the Dear Boss letter. It's obvious they were done by the same hand."
Porriott served 44 years in prison for various crimes in Australia, England, America and South Africa.
He sailed from England to Australia on November 9, 1888, hours after the mutilated body of fifth Ripper victim Mary Kelly was found.
In 1951, aged 81, he married 58-year-old spinster Eliza "Bessie" O'Leary and died the following year.
Mr Wilson says there is as much evidence fingering Porriott as the Ripper as there is for the many other suspects.
OTHER RIPPER SUSPECTS:
Montague Druitt: Barrister, schoolteacher drowned himself in the Thames in December, 1888.
Francis Tumblety: Irish-born conman - was in Whitechapel at the time of all five murders. Hated prostitutes.
Sir William Gull: Physician to Queen Victoria. Murders to cover up Duke of Clarence's love child.