One of the more interesting uses for my psychic skills is when I am reading the news or keeping up with current affairs, and I come across a case where no-one knows what happened, such as murder or court cases that are ‘he said/she said’.
Psychics are able to tune in to any person, using a photograph, and assess their true character. This does not necessarily mean that we know what happened in these cases, but when you read a person’s character, or watch footage of a person claiming innocence, one is able to know whether their energy matches their words, and whether their character is in alignment with the misdeed they are accused of.
The man in this Intuitive Experiment is actually (possibly) connected to a famous murder case – the Jack the Ripper murders, so let’s have a look at his life and background, and then I’ll talk more about my (and other readers’) assessments of his energy, based on the photograph of him
Michael Maybrick – Background
He is English singer and composer Michael Maybrick, who was sometimes known by his performing pseudonym of Stephen Adams. He is perhaps most renowned for composing “The Holy City,” which is one of the most popular religious songs in the English language. He is also known for being proposed as a possible suspect in the Jack the Ripper case by author and film director Bruce Robinson.
Let’s have a look at his life story:
Maybrick was born in Liverpool on January 31, 1841, the fourth of eight children of William and Susannah Maybrick. His father was an engraver and a parish clerk and was also an occasional composer. His uncle and grandfather were musically inclined as well, and Michael followed in their footsteps by becoming trained in the piano by eight and serving as organist at St. Peter’s by the age of fifteen.
Later Life and Career
In 1865, Maybrick traveled to Leipzig to study with several well-known composers and musicians, and later trained as a baritone with distinguished Italian teacher Gaetano Nava in Milan. He appeared in both Italian and London theatres singing ballad concerts to great success and performed in English light opera.
Maybrick adopted the stage name Stephen Adams, and after 1870 he formed a collaboration with barrister and lyricist Frederick E. Weatherly (a relationship that was said to have extended beyond the professional). The pair became extremely well known for the popular songs that they created together, such as “Thora,” “Nirvana,” and “Nancy Lee,” which sold more than 100,000 copies in two years. Other hits included “Your Dear Brown Eyes,” “The Star of Bethlehem,” and “They All Love Jack.”
In 1892 the pair published “The Holy City,” which proved to be their most successful but final collaboration, since Maybrick ended their association not long afterward. Later in life, Michael retired to Ryde on the Isle of Wight, where he married his housekeeper Laura Withers, and served as chairman of the Isle of Wight Hospital, as well as mayor of Ryde for five terms. He had many interests and occupations but does not appear to have written any music after 1896.
Ripper Diary and Suspicions
Maybrick died in his sleep from heart failure on August 26, 1913, and was buried on Ryde. His legacy has faded into partial obscurity over the years but was revived in rather infamous terms by the 1992 “discovery” of a diary supposedly found beneath the floorboards of his brother James Maybrick’s former mansion, Battlecrease House, in Liverpool.
James was a wealthy cotton merchant, whose wife Florence was convicted of murdering him with arsenic in 1889. Her trial was highly sensational, and although she served a number of years in prison as a result, she was exonerated and released when the case was eventually re-examined.
The alleged diary was originally brought to the public eye by scrap metal dealer Mike Barrett, who said it had been given to him by a family friend. The author is never named, but the people and circumstances mentioned make it clear that, if genuine, it would have been written by James Maybrick. The scrapbook contains details of the Whitechapel murders of 1888 and ends with the line “I give my name that all know of me, so history do tell, what love can do to a gentleman born. Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper.”
The diary’s authenticity has been hotly debated over the years, and it is considered by many to be a forgery. In 1995, Mike Barrett wrote a highly detailed affidavit in which he confessed to creating the book with his wife Anne’s help in order to sell it, but his solicitor later retracted that confession. Extensive testing has been carried out on the ink and other materials in the volume, but the results of these are also inconclusive.
Experts note that the handwriting does not appear to be Victorian in style and that it is not a match to James Maybrick’s known writings. Barrett stated in his confession that his wife wrote the text while he dictated, simply because her handwriting was better and less recognizable than his own. The text is written in an old scrapbook from the correct time period, but the first several pages have been removed, which is also regarded as indicating a forgery. Barrett claims that he bought an old photo album at an auction, with the specific intention of writing the diary in it.
In a more recent twist, however, writer and director Bruce Robinson’s book They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper insists that it was Michael Maybrick, not his brother James, who was the real Jack the Ripper. He believes that James murdered his brother, and wrote the diary himself in an effort to frame Florence, whom he hated, and direct suspicion away from himself. He also believes that Michael, who was a Freemason, was protected by other members of that influential society, including policemen and other officials. Because the authenticity of the diary is very much in question, though, these theories can’t currently be verified.
You can read more about the Jack the Ripper case and Maybrick’s possible links to it, in this fascinating article: How One Man Revealed Jack the Ripper’s Identity – the full story
This is a bit of an unusual case, since the subject of this experiment has been accused of things that haven’t been proven one way or the other. Some of you, like Kathy Ambrosat, felt that Michael Maybrick had a secret to keep, which would certainly be true if he was actually the Ripper (and also because he was rumored to have been homosexual, which wasn’t accepted at the time).
Marissa felt that Maybrick had possibly been involved in a poisoning as a result of a betrayal in love, which is interesting since some people do believe that Maybrick was involved in or directly responsible for the arsenic death of his brother (although James was a longtime arsenic addict, and most likely simply poisoned himself). Some feel that if Maybrick did kill James and frame Florence, however, it may have been because she had rejected Michael romantically at some point, or rebuked him in some other way.
Katy and Lacey both felt that Maybrick was a serial killer in the vein of H.H. Holmes, which again is unverified, but would be accurate if the claims against him are true. Pam picked up on his potentially two-sided nature, and the surname beginning with an A (this is true with or without the sordid accusations, since he did go by the alternate surname of Adams). And as Maria Elena noted, 1888 is significant for Maybrick in the context of being a suspect, since that is the year when Jack the Ripper committed the crimes he is so well known for.
Kudos to Johanna for picking up on Michael’s occupation as a composer, and the fact that he frequently traveled for his career – of this, at least, we can be certain!
Ripper or not, as Kathy pointed out, Maybrick was a haughty and complicated man, who was reported to have been charming, but who also reportedly had a large ego and the capacity for arrogance. We may never know the truth about the more serious claims made against him, but he was a talented and interesting man in his own right and is deserving of an enduring legacy for his musical accomplishments alone.
As this man would be a possible candidate for the Jack the Ripper murders, the first thing I am looking for in his energy when I tune into him (using the techniques from my Intuitive Awakening Course), is some concrete sign – on the level of his energy body – that he could not have been the murderer. I looked at his heart chakra for energies like kindness, decency, goodness, love for his fellow man. I didn’t find any of that – instead I felt coldness, distance and a clinical, detached energy about him. The word “stomach” kept coming into my mind. Personally, he repelled me – I would not trust him or feel safe around him. He seemed jaded and cynical about humanity. I wonder if he had used, or had become addicted to opium or some other drug at some point. I felt a strong sexual aspect to him, and maybe an interest in S&M practices.
The majority of what I picked up on was negative. The only positive aspect that came to me was that he was highly intelligent.
I would not rule him out as a candidate for these murders based on what I picked up. If he had been involved in the murders, I feel his motive would have been revenge, but it does not feel like revenge for something in particular, but rather revenge against the whole human race, and/or women.
Well done everyone – there were some very perceptive and intriguing hits in this experiment! This is a great example of how intuition can tell us things about people that might otherwise be hidden from view, so thank you all for having a go and hopefully expanding your skills.
Another experiment will be posted in a couple of months, and I hope to see you here for that one too!
Let me know how you did in the comments section below!
Note: if you have tuned into this man, I would advise cutting psychic ties with him afterwards.
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