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Old 06-05-2014, 07:18 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by lightgiver View Post
"From Hell" takes as its premise Stephen Knight's theory that the murders were part of a conspiracy to conceal the birth of an illegitimate royal baby fathered by Prince Albert Victor,

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, marries and fathers a child with Annie Crook, a shop worker from the East End of London; she is unaware of her husband's royal position. Queen Victoria becomes aware of the marriage, and has Albert separated forcibly from his wife, whom she then places in an asylum. Victoria then instructs her royal physician Sir William Gull to impair Annie's sanity, which he does by damaging or impairing her thyroid gland (In fact, Gull was the first to medically describe the state of hypothyroidism, calling it a 'cretinoid condition in adult women'.) The potentially scandalous matter is resolved, until a group of prostitutes - Annie's friends - who are aware of the illegitimate child and its royal connections, attempt blackmail in order to pay off a gang of thugs who are threatening them. Gull is once again enlisted, this time to silence the group of women who are threatening the crown. The police are complicit in the crimes - they are granted prior knowledge of Gull's intentions, and are adjured not to interfere until the plot is completed.

Gull, a high-ranking Freemason, begins a campaign of violence against the five women, brutally murdering them with the aid of a carriage driver called John Netley. While he justifies the brutal murders by claiming they are a Masonic warning to an apparent Illuminati threat to the throne (the Illuminati were blamed, in some quarters, for the French Revolution), the killings are actually part of an elaborate mystical ritual to ensure male societal dominance over women . It is revealed that Gull suffered a stroke a year previous to his killings in the East End; during this episode he was afforded a vision of Jah-Bul-On, a masonic deity. Apparently, it was this vision that prompted the later murders, and its accompanying masonic designs.

The story also serves as an in-depth character study of Gull; exploring his personal philosophy and motivation, and making sense of his dual role as royal assassin and serial killer. Though rooted in factual biographical details of Gull's life, Moore admitted taking substantial fictional license: for example, the real-life Gull suffered a stroke; Moore fictionalizes this event as a theophany, with Gull seeing "Jahbulon," a mystical Freemasonic figure, fundamentally altering Gull's world view and indirectly leading to the murders.

Gull takes John Netley, his coachman, sole confidant, and reluctant aide, on a tour of London landmarks (including Cleopatra's Needle and Nicholas Hawksmoor's churches), expounding about their hidden mystical significance, which is lost to the modern world. (Moore credits Iain Sinclair with inspiring much of this portion of "From Hell".) Later, Gull forces the semi-literate Netley to write the infamous "From Hell letter" which lends the work its title.

Gull has a number of transcendent, mystical experiences in the course of the murders, culminating with a vivid vision of what London will be like a century after the last murder. It is implied that, through his grisly activities, male dominance over femininity is assured, and the twentieth century is thus given its dominant form.

Inspector Frederick Abberline investigates the Ripper crimes, without success until a fraudulent psychic, Robert Lees, acting on a personal grudge against Gull, identifies him as the murderer. Gull confesses, and Lees and Abberline, shocked, report the matter to superiors within the Police force, who work to cover up the discovery. They inform both Abberline and Lees that Gull was operating alone, and gripped by insanity. Abberline later discovers through chance Gull's actual intentions to cover up the matter of the royal 'bastard' fathered by Prince Albert, and resigns from the Metropolitan Police, protesting the official coverup of the murders. One critic noted that "From Hell" might be seen as a "police procedural as it follows Scotland Yard's Inspector Abberline throughout the case".

Gull is tried by a secret Freemasonic council, which determines he is insane; Gull, for his own part, refuses to submit to the council, informing them that no man amongst them may be counted as his peer, and may not therefore judge the 'mighty work' he has wrought. A phony funeral is staged, and Gull is imprisoned under a pseudonym 'Thomas Mason'. Years later, and moments before his death, Gull has an extended mystical experience, where his spirit travels through time, instigating or inspiring a number of other killers (Peter Sutcliffe, Ian Brady), as well as serving as the model for William Blake's painting "The Ghost of a Flea" - Gull had previously avowed himself as an admirer of Blake. The last thing his spirit sees before it 'becomes God' is a view of Mary Kelly - the one intended victim who escaped him - who is apparently able to see his spirit and abjures him to begone "back to Hell."

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He was partially deaf, owing to inherited hearing problems through his mother's side of the family.
DUDE?! its just a film.......... Its just a film

My brother is a high ranking mason and there is things that the ripper done which look masonic, but who knows...why don't you look at the jfk case next seems the sort of thing your into...also is elvis really dead? I hear him on the radio????

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