Conspiracy Theories: Is an Unborn Child a Threat to Scottish Independence?

When Prince William, Duke of Cambridge announced his engagement to Catherine Middleton in 2010, the world economy was in turmoil.

Over coffee at the nearby Second Cup, my dear friend Diana speculated on the why-now reasons for the engagement. Catherine Middleton’s nickname of Waity Katie was a nod to her long relationship with Prince William, a relationship some doubted would ever culminate in a marriage to the elusive prince.

Scottish by birth, Diana has always had a fascination with the Royals. The engagement, she reasoned, would re-direct the public focus from the state of the economy to the joyful wedding planning.

And now, with the results of the vote for Scottish independence hours away, others are speculating on the announcement of a new royal baby just days before the vote. Think that’s absurd? Many don’t.

Olivia Goldhill, feature writer for The Telegraph, says, “Forget tea time, beefeaters or those derelict red phone boxes – nothing makes you feel more proud to be British than the world’s most photogenic royal couple announcing that they’re expecting a second child.”

It makes you wonder ….

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Jack the Ripper – Was He a Freemason?

Theory: Jack the Ripper Was a Freemason

More than 100 years later, the words “Jack the Ripper” still elicit a chilling response. There has been much speculation about the identity of Jack the Ripper, a sadistic murderer responsible for the deaths of five women in England in 1888. Was he a member of the Royal family, a surgeon, a butcher, a doctor, a Russian secret agent, a mental patient, a convicted criminal, or a boot maker?

And was he, as some have speculated, a Freemason?

One story has His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward falling in love with, and secretly marrying, a commoner named Annie Elizabeth Crook. According to that version, the couple produced a daughter in 1885. When Mary Kelly, close friend to Annie Crook, told her fellow prostitutes about the secret liaison, they decided to blackmail the Royal family. Prince Eddy’s marriage to a lowly commoner might be enough to unravel the monarchy and, with it, the Freemasons who were in comfortable government positions.

As the theory goes, Sir William Gull, physician to the Queen and a Freemason, was spurred on either by the Queen herself or the prime minister to contact fellow Masons and enlist their help to kill the women involved. Gull trapped the women and brutally murdered them. Although this theory identifies only Gull as Jack the Ripper, the Masons who may have known are accused of keeping Gull’s identity secret as part of their oath to protect fellow Masons.

There’s no evidence to support this theory, but for those who endeavor to link Freemasons with evil conspiracies, it’s a titillating story.

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