Hereward Carrington was the founder of the Psychic Laboratory, author of a serial “The Mysteries of Myra” and the special effects consultant when it was made into a film.***
is that me in the corner?
He also wrote in 1949 for Fate Magazine, detailing the predictions and visions of Robert Lees, the psychic who claimed to have identified a doctor who was the real Jack the Ripper. Never let it be said that Hereward was a stranger to purple prose as evidenced in these excerpts from the article
“Dr. Lees developed an extraordinary faculty for “second sight” early in life, and that it enabled him to have insight into the nature of things hidden from the perceptions of ordinary men. At the age of 19, he was summoned before Queen Victoria, where he gave evidence of his unusual clairvoyant gift, “exciting her utmost wonderment.”
descendant of Queen Victoria found here
Dr. Lees turned his mind inward with its impalpable sensitivity to Jack the Ripper, and wandered through the streets of London “like a bloodhound following hot upon a scene!” The Inspector and his aides followed a few feet behind him.
At last, at 4 o’clock in the morning, with face pale and eyes bloodshot with effort, Dr. Lees halted at the gates of a West End mansion. Gasping through cracked and swollen lips, he pointed to an upper chamber where a faint light was visible. “In that room you will find the murderer you seek!” he said.
The doctor was awakened and confronted with the accusation that he was responsible for the Ripper murders. At first he recoiled in shock and horror at the bold statement that he was a brutal murderer. Then he shook his head in bewilderment, and his shoulders slumped in puzzlement and weariness.
An exhaustive inquiry before a commission in lunacy developed the fact that the doctor was sufferering from a split personality with paranoid tendencies . . . and while, in one mind, he was a prominent and respected doctor of medicine, in the other, he was an inhuman beast, with an insatiable urge to slit the throats and mutilate the bodies of women who prostitute themselves.
The physician was removed to a private asylum where he became the most cunning and dangerous madman confined in that institution.
In order to account for the disappearance of the doctor, a sham death by drowning in the Thames, and burial were gone through, and an empty coffin was deposited in the family vault.
Back in the private mental sanitarium, none of the keepers ever knew that the desperate and violent maniac who threw himself from side to side in his padded cell, and made long night vigils at the window facing outside, emitting piercing cries of frustration, was the famous Jack the Ripper ! To them, he was simply “No. 124.”
image by Namio found here
*** Another arrow in Hereward’s quiver is this book “Fasting for Health and Long Life“