- Midnight, New Years Eve, and out of the foggy dimly lit murkiness
on Westminster Bridge a shadowy figure looms into view, climbs onto
the parapet and throws himself off.
The next day the body of Montague John Druitt, a 31 year old barrister
and teacher who had been, and still is, a prime suspect in the case
of Jack the Ripper was discovered and fished out of the River Thames.
While nearby Big Ben chimes midnight
on every New Years Eve since then, Druitts ghost appears to
some on the bridge and re-enacts his final wretched moments culminating
with the leap from the parapet. Although many have claimed to have
witnessed this supernatural incident - no one has ever described hearing
or seeing any kind of a splash.
Jack the Ripper was never identified
Also observed has been a small
boat carrying three hazy indistinct figures that is seen to sail under
the bridge but never reach the other side.