‘My ancestor wouldn’t have interfered in Jack the Ripper case’

PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 October 2013

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper


LORD Salisbury has said his ancestor, Prime Minister Robert Cecil, would not have interfered in the hunt to catch Jack the Ripper.

Lord SalisburyLord Salisbury

Last week the Welwyn Hatfield Times revealed how a document found in the archives at Hatfield House could be a shock new lead in the 125-year-old unsolved murder spree.

The archived letter was an instruction to then Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren by Robert Cecil, to interview a man by the name of De la re Brett.

Mystery man Brett claimed to have knowledge of the prostitute slayings and was spoken to the day before final ripper victim Mary Kelly, also know as Marie Jeanette Kelly, was horrifically murdered and eviscerated on November 9 1888.

But the current Lord Salisbury said his forbear would have left the sleuthing to the experts. He told the WHT: “As Prime Minister, I imagine he would have left things to the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police.

“Prime Minister Salisbury always distrusted sensationalists, being of a High Tory disposition.

“I would expect him to have viewed the case through the same prism. I bet that in this case, as so often, he would have been right to have done so”.

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