Meghan Markle has been in the news non-stop lately because of her recent marriage to Prince Harry, but it’s another story about the new member of the Royal Family that is causing some people to scratch their heads.
A BBC documentary entitled Meet the Markles claims that Markle is distantly related to the man known as America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes.
Jeff Mudgett, Holmes’ great-great-grandson, discovered that he and Markle are eighth cousins. Holmes is believed to have killed dozens of people in Chicago in a “murder castle” he had specially constructed with secret rooms and chambers.
Mudgett makes the claim based on Holmes’ diaries that he inherited. He said about the connection to Markle: “We did a study with the FBI and CIA and Scotland Yard regarding handwriting analysis. It turns out [H. H. Holmes] was Jack the Ripper. This means Meghan is related to Jack the Ripper. I don’t think the Queen knows. I am not proud he is my ancestor. Meghan won’t be either.”
Holmes was executed in Philadelphia in 1896. I have a feeling we probably won’t be hearing from Markle about this story.
h/t: Mental Floss