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Robert James Lees:
1849 - 1931


Medium and
20th-Century Author

The Victorian medium and author, Robert James Lees, is accredited by some as the sensitive whose messages helped the British police to arrest a suspect in the infamous 'Jack The Ripper' case in Whitechapel in Victorian London.

Sceptics claim that the entire story about Lees's involvement in the Ripper case is nothing more than an American journalist's invention, and that there's no hard evidence to verify the story. It may be significant that Robert James Lees, himself, never denied or verified his alleged role in the hunt for 'Jack'.

It's claimed that Robert became involved with the inquiry after clairvoyantly 'seeing' the murders of some of the East End prostitutes and also 'seeing' the murderer's face. But when he visited the police at Scotland Yard, they initially considered him to be 'a madman and a fool'.

However, some of the newspapers of the day reported his psychic visions and it was claimed that 'Jack' himself learned of Lees' involvement in the case, when in one of the famous 'Dear Boss' letters (which were sent to the authorities apparently by the killer) it's said that Robert's name was mentioned:

"You have not caught me yet you see, with all your cunning, with all your 'Lees', with all your Blue Bottles!"

But another interpretation of the difficult-to-read, scrawny writing is that the word 'Lees' could be read as 'Tecs', which is a slang term for 'Detectives'.

Lees is then said to have co-operated with Inspector Abberline, the leader of the investigation, who listened carefully to his psychic impressions and then followed him as they walked from the last crime scene into London's wealthy West End, and up to a building that belonged to a renowned surgeon of the day.

It's then alleged that this surgeon's wife incriminated her husband with a testimony about his vicious attacks on her and about blood being found on his clothes, and the police arrested the doctor. Following a medical court of enquiry, it's claimed that the doctor was committed to a London asylum in Islington, but under a pseudonym.

As a mark of gratitude and respect, tradition then records that Robert received a life pension from the Privy Purse, and that his great granddaughter was said to have kept in her possession a gold cross that was given to him as a gift from many of the grateful East End prostitutes.

But how much of the above version of the 'Jack the Ripper' story is based on fact, and how much of it has been created by urban myth, is difficult to decipher.

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Robert James Lees' diary, in which he alludes to a few of the above points, is currently held at the headquarters of The Spiritualists' National Union in Stansted Hall in Essex.


In his earlier years it's also alleged that Lees was summoned to appear before Queen Victoria after the death of her husband Prince Albert. She and Lees are alleged to have had a long and interesting discussion about 'matters of a psychic nature', which could well be true because Victoria was known to be interested in spirit phenomena.

Queen Victoria in her later years

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A Trilogy of Psychic Books
by RJ Lees

Through the Mists is a psychic autobiographical account of an ordinary man whom we follow as he is killed in an accident and he then enters into a new life in the spirit world.

The sequel to this book is The Life Elysian, which records more experiences of this Soul in Paradise, continuing the narrative of this man, now known as Aphraar, and recounting his life spent in the company of his spirit mother in the first embrace of whom he says, "I tasted something of the sweetness to be - found in the compensation heaven bestows on those whose happiness has been deferred."

The Gate of Heaven, is the last in the trilogy and it records the progress of Aphraar through the region often thought of as 'Purgatory' and into the Gateway of the Second Birth.

Robert Lees disclaimed personal responsibility for all of his inspired narratives, which he maintained he'd received through direct spirit agency. He said that he merely played the role of a recorder on behalf of invisible spirit guests who told him their life stories.


Books by Robert James Lees:

Through the Mists
The Life Elysian
The Gate of Heaven

The Heretic
The Car of Phoebus
The Astral Bridegroom