Do these letters link Prince Albert Victor and Jack the Ripper?
Letters have come up for auction in which Queen Victoria's son Prince Albert Victor discusses his issues with a sexually transmitted disease-refueling speculation that the Prince was involved in the unsolved Jack the Ripper case.
Prince Albert only became connected with the case in 1962, 70 years after his death, when a theory emerged which suggested that the Prince had gone insane after contracting syphilis causing him to kill a string of women in London's East End in 1888. This speculation was thrown out by scholars who claimed there was no evidence available to support this theory, until now.
Though it's hard to believe that Prince Albert was the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper, these newly discovered letters written to the Prince's surgeon do confirm that the Prince was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease that was likely to have been Gonorrhea.
Auction house IAA auctions have put the letters up for sale with an estimate of £3,000.
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