Jack the Ripper, Michael Maybrick, and Freemasonry

January 22, 2017

In what can only be described as a fantastic shot in the dark, author Bruce Robinson has claimed in his book “They All Love Jack” that the notorious Jack the Ripper murders in 1888 London were the doings of, and then the cover-up of, the Freemasons! Apparently, in News and information circles that have been bubbling just beneath the surface for the last year or so, the feared killer has been named by Robinson as Michael Maybrick, refuting many popular theories which imply that William Gull, the Royal Physician, was in fact the Ripper.

To further boost his claims, it is only mildly convenient that Maybrick was a Mason, indeed a member of 6 Lodges in London whereas Gull was not a Mason. Furthermore, Maybrick disappeared shortly after the killings ceased, presumably to the Isle of Wight. Peppered throughout the story(s) are claims that vital clues were either erased, ignored, or just not noticed by the Metropolitan police, headed by Sir Charles Warren. All of this done by or on behalf of London Mason’s in the effort to cover up the Fraternity’s connection in the murders.

Of some of the “clues” that were missed, include compasses being carved into the faces of slain prostitutes. Also, the methods of murder, i.e. cutting of the throats, and/or disembowelment, are all supposed to point to penalties related to Freemasonic Ritual.

Some Hidden Connection- possibly?  But, are these methods of murder, each of them popular choices even before the 1880’s, and continuing into the present day, possibly just a coincidence? Absolutely!

Even still, I find this new theory including Maybrick interesting, and it may very well be true. However, as a Mason (and I’m sure that my Brethren will agree)- if Maybrick did in fact commit these murders, then it would absolutely be outside of any form of Freemasonry that I am a member of to cover up the crimes. Instead, the Fraternity would, according to our Ritual, be forbidden to condone or keep secret such behavior. Instead, any good Mason would be indebted to society AND to the Fraternity to report such activities to the proper authorities. In short, the act(s) of murder, crime, and deceit in general is wholly against any and all Masonic principles.

All in all, I place little to no credence with this particular story or author. In fact, this is possibly on par with what I might be expected to think of such claims, accusations, and outlandish tales which have been propagated by another author by the name of Robinson!

The story at The Catch News follows in full here:

“Jack the Ripper & why he was never nabbed: Bruce Robinson rips apart the Freemasons

JHINUK SEN@jhinuksen | First published: 22 January 2017, 19:12 IST

Bruce Robinson at JLF


In a festival that talks about ‘nicer’ things like poetry, feminism, nationalism, religion, sexuality, memory functions, and more, two men sat down to talk about a serial killer’s ‘hideous deeds of violence’.

Author, director, actor, screenwriter (phew!) Bruce Robinson and writer, columnist AN Wilson sat down at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 (JLF), Day 4 in a session titled ‘Jack the Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up’.

Robinson’s book They All Love Jack, puts together 15 years of research that lead him to name the real Jack The Ripper, the most infamous serial killer of 19th Century England.

Robinson and Wilson talked about 1888 London that witnessed these gruesome murders that went down in history, and have since spawned a million theories to as to who the Ripper really was. Robinson said that over all his years of research, he has shot down a million names drawn up by Ripperologists – “They were all coverups!”

All Freemasons have a theory about who Jack the Ripper is, says Robinson. And rather than calling them Ripperologists, he’d rather call them ‘Freemasonologists’.



After discussing the murders, Robinson went on to say that there were signs in all the corpses that the Metropolitan Police missed, or rather chose to miss.

He pointed out to this one particular instance where the Ripper wrote on the wall – “The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing”.

A ‘masonic teaser’ that the then Metropolitan police commisioner, Sir Charles Warren, came all the way down to squalid East End just to wipe off the walls.

It would foster anti-semitic riots, Warren had told the City Police who had insisted on shooting it as evidence. There is no record of the writing on the wall except in the notebook of one City Police personnel.

Robinson also mentioned that the Ripper gouged out ‘compass’ symbols on the cheeks of the prostitutes he murdered – another Freemason ‘teaser’ that the police allegedly ‘missed’.

The slitting of the throat, the disembowelment and the strategic placing of silver around the body were all ‘rituals’ to punish Freemasons who betrayed the establishment – and no one, especially the Freemasons – spotted it!

Robinson argues that the whole reason Jack the Ripper remained a mystery for as long as he did was because he was a Freesmason. And when Freemason police heads look for a Freemason murderer – they aren’t really looking.

The Freemason involvement has also been alluded to in the movie From Hell by the Hughes Brothers (starring Johnny Depp). The movie shows royal physician William Gull to be the murderer. Robinson called it hogwash.



As the investigations to nab the Ripper went on in London, people knew that he was either a Freemason or a man pretending to be a Freemason, but as Robinson put it, “they could not catch him because they were catching an enterprise”, and not a serial killer.

They knew who the murderer was, according to Robinson’s extensive work it was a man called Michael Maybrick, by 1892 and that’s when Maybrick disappeared – very conveniently – to the Isle of Wight.

For Robinson, the Freemasons enterprise is what would have been dragged to the mud had the Ripper been caught. With the most prominent citizens in the country being Freemasons – this was a controversy they could not ill-afford.



AN Wilson invoked William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence as he talked about one of the most crucial issues in the whole Jack the Ripper ‘mystery’ – the prostitutes.

“The harlot’s cry from street to street shall weave old England’s winding-sheet…”

The reason Russian author Leo Tolstoy gave for the British having more ‘stable’ life as compared to the Russians – was these very prostitutes.

Hundreds of women ready to sell themselves for the price of a cup of tea in 19th Century London – something that shocked Fyodor Dostoyevsky as well, but that was the truth of the times and of squalor-soaked East End where most of the Ripper’s murders took place.

The Ripper has often been called a ‘genius’ by many, a man who was getting rid of the riff-raff of Victorian society – the prostitutes.



That age was British hypocrisy at its heights said Robinson adding that the whole of England thought that the Ripper was a foreigner, a Brit could not possibly commit such a crime. And this, he mentioned, was at a time when the British were murdering thousands in its colonies all across the globe!

And what did the Freemasons think of Robinson’s book, asked Wilson. Despite the fact that the book was not allowed to be published in America, and all newspapers were asked to not review it (all except the one owned by Rupert Murdoch!) – the Freemasons have not said a word to Robinson about it.

And why not?

“Because it is true!” laughs Robinson.

Time to pick up that book we think.”

Author’s Post Script: Giving some light to certain parts of the story, the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon published a partner piece in 1991 to the movie “From Hell”. It is an interesting footnote to this story published above, and helps to lend some light to this very foggy, old and dismal corner of history.

Freemasonry in From Hell


Subtitled a melodrama in sixteen parts, this “graphic novel”contains many errors and outright fabrications about Freemasonry. As an example, shown above is a set of panels from chapter 2, page 7, misrepresenting two points of masonic law and one of history. The rules of regular Freemasonry strictly prohibit the solicitation of members, or the use of Freemasonry to promote one’s career. And there is no documentation even suggesting that Dr. William Gull—whose bloody hands are shown— was ever a freemason.


Later, one of the several mythical origins of Freemasonry is repeated in conversation: “The Dionysiac architects?” “unmistakably.. A secret fraternity of Dionysus cultists originating in 2,000 B.C, they worked on Solomon’s temple, eventually becoming the Middle Ages’ travelling Masonic guilds” [chapter 2, p. 14]


Chapter 2, pages 8, 9, 16 and 17 are filled with mistaken notions of masonic ritual and regalia. An appendex attempts to give a pseudo-scholarly veneer to this work of fiction, but the author’s lack of masonic research and his reliance on other works of fiction is telling :


“Details of Gull’s meteoric medical career are accurate, and drawn from A Biographical Sketch. Gull’s entry into Freemasonry is more problematic. The only source would seem to be The Final Solution, in which Knight dates Gull’s involvement with the craft from 1842, when the 26 year-old was employed at Guy’s Hospital. The Masons themselves have since denied that Gull was ever a member of their order, and have generally derided the claims made in Knight’s books, including The Brotherhood (Grafton Books, 1989), wherein Knight suggests that higher-level Freemasons pay homage to a bizarre triple-deity known as Jah-Bul-On. In at least this last denial, the Masons it seems may be telling less than the full truth: Martin Short’s Inside The Brotherhood (Grafton Books, 1989) seems to confirm that, despite Masonic denials, Jah-Bul-On is an authentic Masonic deity. How much, then, can their denial of Gull’s Masonic status be trusted? The problem we face here is that neither Knight nor the assembled ranks of Freemasonry are necessarily telling the truth, at which point an obscuring Victorian fog starts to engulf the facts of our narrative. Given that the tortuous story of the Whitechapel murders is filled with liars, tricksters, and unreliable witnesses, it is a fog we shall encounter often. The suggestion that Benjamin Harrison provided Gull’s entrance to the world of Freemansonry is entirely my own invention, based upon little more than Gull’s professed lifelong gratitude toward Harrison, Harrison’s comment to Gull (reported in A Biographical Sketch) that “I can help you if you will help yourself,” and the fact that he happened to be in the right place at the right time according to Knight’s construction of events. In all other respects, Harrison’s inclusion during this scene is simply a convenience of fiction.” [Appendex to volume one: page 7.]


“These pages attempt, after suggestions made by Stephen Knight in Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, to explain why William Gull, ostensibly a talented doctor of no great social importance, should be appointed to treat the Queen’s son, Albert, Prince of Wales, as happened in 1871. Gull’s sudden appointment over the head of Sir William Jenner, hitherto the queen’s favorite physician, has never been explained, and thus the suggestion of Masonic influence proposed by Knight is extremely tempting in this context. Details of Masonic ritual recounted in these pages are inexact and drawn from numerous sources. Since the rituals depicted here are apparently kept secret even from lower-ranking Masons themselves, problems with accurate reportage will be appreciated. Gull’s initiation ordeal as a Master Mason is based freely on the research of Robert Anton Wilson as utilized in his Illuminatus! trilogy (Sphere Books, 1977) and in his various articles for Gnosis magazine. Wilson may also be given credit for identifying the Masonic verbal distress signal, “Will no one help the Widow’s son,” The use of the word ‘juwes” is suspect, being solely based upon claims by Knight in The Final Solution and The Brotherhood (see also John J. Robinson’s Born in Blood, published by Century Books, 1990). The three assassins of Masonic myth-figure Hiram Abiff are individually named Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum. Collectively, they are most often known as “The Three Ruffians,” and only Knight claims “Juwes” as an alternative collective noun.” [Appendex to volume one: pages 16 & 17.]

From Hell, being a melodrama in sixteen parts. Volume One, prologue, chapters one & two. 1991, 1992, 1994 Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell Northampton, MA : Mad Love Publishing in association with Kitchen Sink Press, Inc., 1994 ISBN : 0-87816-286-0. Originally serialized in Taboo #2 and #3 by SpiderBaby Grafix & Publications. First published by Tundra Publishing Ltd. in March 1991. Printed in Canada. Also see From Hell, The Hughes Brothers, Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias (screenplay) 2001, 122 min.”