MEGHAN Markle is related to Jack the Ripper serial killer suspect H.H. Holmes, her family has claimed. The US actress’ ancestor could be the American medic, who confessed to 27 murders in the 19th century and has been linked to the grisly murders in 1888 London. H. H. Holmes was a serial killer who lived in…
MEGHAN Markle is related to Jack the Ripper serial killer suspect H.H. Holmes, her family has claimed.
The US actress’ ancestor could be the American medic, who confessed to 27 murders in the 19th century and has been linked to the grisly murders in 1888 London.
Serial killer H.H. Holmes murdered at least nine known victims, targeting his victims in a specialist Factory of Death hotel, and was executed in 1896 – with some theories suggesting he had travelled to the UK to unleash the horrific killings in London’s East End to become Jack the Ripper.
The eighth cousin of Prince Harry’s fiancée lawyer Jeff Mudgett has since claimed the family is related to the notorious killer, telling the Daily Star: “We did a study with the FBI and CIA and Scotland Yard regarding handwriting analysis.
“It turns out he was Jack the Ripper. This means Meghan is related to Jack the Ripper.
“I don’t think the Queen knows. I am not proud he is my ancestor. Meghan won’t be either.”
While Holmes was confirmed to have killed nine people at the time of his death, there have been suggestions that his body count could have totalled more than 200.
It comes as Meghan Markle readies herself to walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry this weekend.
Holmes’ crimes saw him dubbed America’s first serial killer, with his crimes inspiring Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City.
Author Erik Larson told The Sun: “Holmes was a complete psychopath, utterly lacking a moral core.
WHO WAS HE? Serial killer H.H. Holmes
Herman Webster Mudgett was born in May, 1861 – going on to become one of America’s first known serial killers.
As a young man, Herman grew up in a small New Hampshire town, becoming fascinated with taking apart local dogs and rabbits, it has been claimed.
He then enrolled in medical school, allegedly taking out life insurance policies on fictional people that he had created and listed himself as a beneficiary.
Mudgett later changed his name ot Henry Howard Holmes, moving to Chicago.
It was there that he built a property which was dubbed the “Castle” by locals.
The building allegedly included a labyrinth of corridors, trapdoors and horrors, with Holmes gonig on to seduce women, have them list him on their life insurance, then murder them.
He was ultimately put on trial for the murder of his accomplice Benjamin Pitezel, confessing to killing 27 people during the police investigation.
However, the true number of his victims may never be known, with the body count potentially as high as 200.
It has previously been claimed that Holmes travelled to the UK at one point in his life, unleashing the Jack the Ripper murders.
“He would just as soon kill you as buy you a drink. He had zero sense of right and wrong.
“He sought stimulation in manipulation, and was utterly charming in ways that were unfamiliar to women at the time — and thus very compelling.”
Warped Dr Holmes, who was dubbed the Beast of Chicago, was born Herman Webster Mudgett to a rich family in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, in May 1861.
He studied medicine at the University of Michigan, where he stole corpses to perform experiments on and he also started making false insurance claims.
His killing rampage began after he moved to Chicago in 1886, changed his named to Henry H Holmes and started to construct a three-storey hotel designed to trap and kill his guests.