The year was 1888, and in the Whitechapel district of London, England, a person or persons unknown was murdering prostitutes in the most macabre manner. What made the crime unusual was that the perpetrator of these atrocities appeared to possess knowledge of surgical skills and quite possibly belonged to the English upper classes. The police investigation, led by Inspector Frederick Abberline, was making little, if any, headway.
Theories concerning the series of murders that took place in that year continue to the present day. One famous hypothesis suggests that the reason for the killings was to cover up the birth of an illegitimate child to a member of the royal family. The Order of Freemasons is often purported to be the organisation that both facilitated the crime, on behalf of the crown, and conspired to prevent disclosure of the guilty party.
In spite of all conjectures, Jack The Rippers identity was never uncovered.
Five deaths have been directly attributed to the same man although there were other comparable murders that occurred around that time. Five unfortunate women became gruesome fatalities within a three-month period during the autumn of that year.
Regrettably, birth registers were ill kept in the 19th century, had the complete birth certificates for both groups been available they would have offered substantial evidence for a Numerological analysis. As it is, just the numerological designation for that year remains amongst the inadequate information, but this may be enough to supply both the motive for the slayings and come close to revealing Jack the Rippers identity.
Numerology Analysis of 1888
In Numerology the digits from the year are studied individually. In this case the profusion of eights would bear greater scrutiny. They are then added together thus 1+8+8+8 = 25. The number 25 is then dissected for hidden meanings before finally adding 2+5 to achieve a grand total of 7. The date would henceforth be referred to as a 25/7 year. The following description of that year is in narrative style while staying true to the numerological data fitting that number.
1888, a 25/7year, in London.
It was a dark time in Whitechapel, reasonable for the rich but desperate for the poor. The years’ destiny foretold many things but one of the most disturbing was that events in the early part of the year would culminate in rampant violence.
It was a period that required a business minded approach but one had to have the means to do business in the first place. Nevertheless, the pursuit of money and power took precedence over love and personal relationships.
Mysticism and prophecy distracted peoples’ minds from the realities of living and the years’ disposition favoured the keeping of secrets.
Escapist overtones pervaded the period and predisposed many to overindulgence in alcohol, sex, drugs such as opium or occult practices.
A time of spiritual growth had arrived but in order for this growth to occur, fate had declared that many would be faced with personal struggles or forbidding trials and tribulations.
The subsequent need for isolation and introspection coupled with an impractical perfectionism placed relationships under great stress. The failure of partners to live up to each other’s high expectations coupled with the sexual aspects of the year led to much infidelity, hence the seven-year itch. Weak and sensitive males looked to strong women to satisfy their impossible ideals but disappointment followed, thus an uncertainty or paranoia connected to women flourished in that time. An air of loneliness accompanied this set of circumstances in spite of the need to withdraw from ones fellows. A streak of cruelty and impatience, associated with a lack of fulfilment, was born out of this state of affairs.
Unbalanced individuals were suddenly filled with a pronounced missionary zeal and they carried their message to the world in the harshest terms. They came from both extremes in life. Extreme wealth, power and influence or extreme poverty and a losing streak, there was no middle ground. In either case they were shrewd realists. On the surface they may have appeared self-assured and in control of their emotions but in truth they were given to hiding their feelings because of their innate sensitivity. Their depth of ambition and fear of poverty prompted them to either gain wealth at all costs or to safeguard the wealth that they all ready possessed. Their exterior characteristics suggested them to be rather cold and undemonstrative men with firm moral principals although it is likely that they were misunderstood and beneath the surface they were probably lonely and frustrated. They experienced difficulty with expressing their feelings to members of the opposite sex but were unforgiving when slighted. This would have led them to attempt complete dominance over the object of their affection and they were quite capable of extreme violence.
Their need for sexual gratification was either paramount or they were sexually inhibited; in either case they were possessed of a sexual conceit. A noticeable character trait would have been their apparent lack of a sense of humour and if any existed it would probably have been scornful or sarcastic. In their negativity they were ruthless and intolerant of others failings, therefore, they would have been men to either respect or fear but rarely ones to like or trust. Their emotional issues and sense of loneliness would have alienated them creating embittered, envious and hostile souls who felt cheated of affection or wealth or both. The world owed them and they were not above the abuse of power in order to achieve their ends.
Once their chosen course of action had been decided inflexibility set in and this led them along dangerous and unforeseeable paths but they were familiar with taking risks and probably had a liking for danger. They neither sought nor took advice. They may even have been sportsmen at one point in their lives. Their pasts and ancestries often absorbed their minds. A strong concern for the preservation of the family lineage would have given this issue the utmost priority.
These were truly complex individualists who stood apart from the crowd and who were determined to go their own way..
The phrase ‘A Dark Horse’ means, ‘someone who emerges to prominence; being previously little known’. This description would have applied to them because of their secretive nature.
Hasty or impulsive actions were destined to cause these men to undertake sudden travel, a change of residence or escape.
It is easy to see how the royal conspiracy became so popular and no matter how fanciful, it has to be acknowledged that stranger things have happened. The profusion of 8’s in the year, points to the motive for doing away with the five women, to have either stemmed from great wealth and influence or conversely from the poverty and degradation that was Whitechapel. It has to be asked whether this was the work of a bitter failure that blamed women and specifically prostitutes for his lack of emotional and material well-being or was it a conspiracy that was carried out in order to protect a powerful family. There are approximately twenty serious suspects and it is interesting that so many of the feasible ones descended on the same place at the same time. Amongst them were characters like Chapman, Cream, and Hyams.
The numerical configuration for the year suggested that the person who was behind the Ripper killings was born with the characteristics of the eight influencing his life, in other words, the sum total of his full birth date or segments of his name added up to an eight. In most cases it is impossible to ascertain how many suspects this applied to but there is one. His hidden nature burned with ambition for wealth and power but he neither wanted to be tied to a monotonous job nor did he pay too much attention to the settling of bills. This often led to the experience of great stress in his life. He would have enjoyed both sports and taking risks. His nature was sexual to a large degree but although he always projected an air of confidence he lacked it sufficiently to express his feelings. He was given to an impulsiveness that resulted in sudden love affairs and the woman of his attentions had to reciprocate fully otherwise this man possessed a destructive streak. To the outside world he appeared to be an independent soul who went apart from the crowd and could be a bit of a loner. He was overly aggressive and domineering at times which prevented those close to him from expressing themselves openly. He was a real mans man and needed to be in charge. His destiny showed that he aimed for perfection and that he was unforgiving when his ideals fell short. The years 1887 and 1888 were the darkest in his life both financially and emotionally, accompanied by many arguments and bleak moods. His personal chart in ’88 warned him against any attempts to impose his ideas on others or to prove that he was the boss but this would have gone against his very nature. A sense of frustration caused blood to be spilled. He is to be pitied, as are his victims. His name was Joseph Barnett.
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