The image of a mysterious upper-class man with a top hat, cape and briefcase Gladstone is as present in the popular imagination as the other famous scene associated with "Jack the Ripper": the carriage pulled by black horses rattling through the thick fog in the busy streets of Whitechapel. The gentleman Jack who, with his knife ready to cut entrails, stalks an unfortunate East End prostitute in some poorly lit alley or courtyard where another gentleman would not step on, entered popular culture and continues. It is almost always the same bloody scene that we see in artist drawings, online videos, movies, television and even video games. The saga of "Jack the Ripper" is the great police story, and the absence of clues has inspired, for more than a century,
Dr. Sir William Gull has become the ultimate mythified Jack. In more recent times, however, another Victorian face has been added to suspicion: Sir John Williams, also a doctor of Queen Victoria. The projection of the Jack of Whitechapel as a high-class surgeon linked to the establishment, in Britain obsessed with social class, sounded credible, but reduced a complicated and fascinating case to a creepy and usually painful melodrama.
The origin of the figure of the man with the black briefcase goes back to the testimony of a witness after Elizabeth Stride was killed on Berners Street. Mrs. Fanny Mortimer passed by the Leman Street Police Station to offer the description of a "