In Lees and his family moved to London, where he worked as a journalist in Fleet Street and where he befriended W. And even now, after a lapse of half a century the vivid memory of his strong but kindly face is as freshly recalled as if he had sat beside me whilst this New Year was born.
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Despite having had little formal education, Lees wrote a series of spiritualist books which continued to sell many years after his death. He claimed that these books had been dictated to him by friends from the spirit realm, and referred to himself as the Recorder. The Heretic was written as his only autobiographical novel which was a record of his many years in London. An Astral Bridegroom was a study into reincarnation. Skeptics consider his psychic claims to be the result of self- delusion. At the time of the Jack the Ripper murders in , Lees was living in the London area.
However, he was turned away as a madman on both occasions, though Scotland Yard offered to write to him. One story, frequently quoted in books and films on the subject, is that Lees, using his psychic power, led the police to Jack the Ripper.
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This story first appeared in print on 28 April , in The Chicago Herald. Another version of the same story was also published in The People on 19 May The Chicago Herald article claimed that over a number of years Lees had been troubled by psychic visions of Jack the Ripper killing his victims. Each of these visions came true. Lees became disturbed by the visions and sought medical advice, going abroad as a result, where he no longer had the visions.
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Back in London, he and his wife Sarah were travelling on an omnibus when a man got on at Notting Hill. Lees turned and told his wife that the man was 'Jack the Ripper'. Even though his wife laughed at him, when the man got off the bus at Marble Arch Lees followed him. Finding a Police Constable on the way Lees told him of his suspicions, but the Constable also laughed at him. After more murders Lees was able to convince the Police of the truth of his visions and led them to a fashionable house in London which was home to a noted physician who had treated members of the Royal Family   On being found in incriminating circumstances, the doctor was put in a lunatic asylum under the name of Thomas Mason , and a mock funeral held.
According to the Chicago Herald , the tale had been related by a Dr. Howard of London, who, when drunk, had told the story to a man who then told the newspaper.
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Ripperologists disregard the story as a hoax. Obvious errors in the Chicago Herald story include the claim there had been 17 murders that took place over a number of years, while the actual number of Ripper victims was just five, with the actual murders occurring in just a few months in the Autumn of He believes that the hoaxers were the 'Whitechapel Club, Chicago', the offices of the Club at that time being behind those of the Chicago Herald.
In Fact, Robert Lees's own diary entries contradict this part of the tale. They show that he didn't approach the police until October 2, three days after the murders on the twenty-ninth. The lowest-priced item in unused and unworn condition with absolutely no signs of wear. The item may be missing the original packaging such as the original box or bag or tags or in the original packaging but not sealed. The item may be a factory second or a new, unused item with defects or irregularities. See details for description of any imperfections.
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