Montague John Druitt is a powerful abnormal and one of the most important people in Helen Magnus's life.
Thanks to the source blood, he possesses the gift of teleportation, but this attracted an energy being that led to insanity, temporarily turning him into a brutal killer. In 19th century England, he became known as "Jack the Ripper".
He was previously involved with Magnus and is the biological father of her daughter Ashley.
John met Helen as well as three other students (Nigel Griffin, Nikola Tesla and James Watson) at the University of Oxford with whom he would soon become close friends. His friendship with Helen evolved into something more. Together they became collectively known as The Five and researched the abnormal world as well as expanding their knowledge of the world, using even unconventional means for these ends.
Things in their lives took a mixed turn when Helen was able to acquire a sample of pure, untainted Vampire blood that was collected before the species was eradicated by the Church. The group's curiosity to learn what humanity had the potential to evolve into led them to each take an injection of a serum Helen derived from the blood. Such a thing had never been done before. Each member survived the injection and acquired their own unique powers from exposure to the blood. While the other four members were able to master and adapt to their new powers, John's ability attracted an energy being that was thought to have awakened a psychotic nature in him causing him to go on a murderous rampage that eventually became known as the Jack the Ripper killings. For some time he was able to hide his condition from his friends and lover who were oblivious to the fact that the monster that roamed the London streets and their respectable friend were one and the same.
Eventually however, Magnus, noticing the change in his character and the way the Ripper's profile matched with his abnormal abilities, confronted him and discovered the awful truth; she still held on to some small hope that the old John could be restored, but that belief was shattered when he almost killed her when she tried to confront him, forcing her to defend herself and leading him to disappear from his friends lives for a long time.
John's relationship with the other members of the Five was severely damaged when the truth became known. Nigel Griffin apprently turned his back on him, as did Watson, who had been a dear friend at the time and confided and consulted with John during the investigation. He still held a grudge against John up until shortly before his death when they finally made peace. Tesla, who in the past was mearly a rival for Helen's affection, became more hostile, especially when it was implied John tried to pin some of his actions on the young scientist when he was still coming to grips with his newly emerged Vampirism. The 2000s allowed the pair to mellow back in to rivals has they were both able to fight together in the battle against the Superabnormals.
His longevity has been artificially extended by a treatment of Helen Magnus' blood, and in the early 21st Century, Druitt endangers Ashley's life in hopes of obtaining another treatment. After doing so, Druitt is harmed by something in Helen's blood. In fear of his life he transports to another member of The Five, Nikola Tesla's location by chance (although Tesla was looking for muscle for his abnormal war on the Cabal and John was the perfect candidate) because Nikola was currently in hiding after World War 2 . Because he went rogue from the Five all those years ago he was unaware of Nigel's death and the fact Tesla had gone underground or James worked with Helen, and threatened her before leaving that the rest of the Five would come looking for Helen because of her actions. Tesla revives Druitt after his death and then tells Druitt of his plans to create a vampire army. Druitt, seemingly a changed man after his death because of Tesla's treatment, disagrees with Tesla's plans and begins to seek out Ashley again, now for a different reason.
He later kidnaps her again, this time to reveal all to her. He explains the circumstances in which his powers were derived and gives her the necessary clues to realize that he is in fact her father.
It was actually Tesla who inadvertently cured John's insanity when he refused to aide him; enraged, Tesla attacked the still-weakened John, blasting him with lightning as he escaped through one of his portals. The electrical blast appeared to correct the imbalance in John's mind, returning him to sanity. In actuality, it simply stunned the entity that he was harboring, allowing him to use his power without a bloodlust.
After Ashley sacrifices herself to stop the last superabnormal and to stop the Cabal from using her again, John begins targeting the heads of the Cabal and killing them one by one. While still quite sane, a confrontation with Helen reveals he is doing this out of anger for what the Cabal did to Ashley (mostly turning her into the same kind of monster he used to be before Tesla stunned him) and he is frustrated that Magnus has not even mourned Ashley's passing yet. When Magnus does come to terms with Ashley's death, Druitt says he is glad. When Magnus asks him if he will stop hunting the Cabal he says no: while she may have found closure he hasn't just yet. Later at the end of the episode he is seen stalking Dana Whitcomb of the Cabal while wielding his old rapier weapon from his Jack the Ripper days.
It was later revealed that John's homicidal behavior was the result of a previously unknown energy abnormal that came to live in him as a parasite. Helen postulated that since Druitt becomes energy himself when he teleports, it was possible that this being was at a location he arrived at and became integrated with him. Its violent actions upon being released from Druitt when he was fatally stunned and then revived by Helen suggest that it was the source of his psychosis. Unfortunately, to protect his friends and the people of the surrounding city from this creature's murderous rampage, John was forced to reabsorb the being back into himself where it was more comfortable and somewhat restrained by him. John then teleported blindly, stating to Magnus that he had "no particular place in mind".
Some time later, Magnus learned that Druitt had made contact with Tesla and was hiding in the slums of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. She eventually found him, heavily drugged, and helped him recover. They returned to the Sanctuary, where Druitt revealed that he saved the life of Adam Worth after the latter leapt of a cliff to escape Magnus in 1908. Adam told him about a network of safehouses he had created, and asked him to let him go. Believing him to be as good as dead, Druitt did just that, and used the safehouses to avoid capture for decades. When it is discovered that Magnus suffers from the same radiation poisoning as Adam, Druitt and the others decide to go find a way into Hollow Earth.
Once in Hollow Earth, Druitt was captured by Adam, who had escaped and returned to his hideout beneath the surface. He was eventually able to escape, and made it appear as though he had killed Adam. However, in reality, he had made another deal with him: Adam explained that he wanted to use a device he stole from Praxis to travel back in time and save the life of his daughter, who died over a hundred years ago. John agreed to help him in exchange for the chance to also go back in time and prevent the Five from injecting themselves with the source blood, so that he and Helen could have a happy, yet mortal life without all the hardships that have happened to them. Adam copied the specifications for the device, but then told him he would not go to a point preceding his daughter's birth in fear of removing her from the timeline entirely; Druitt became angry, and Adam vanished, leaving him with no other choice than to seek Magnus' help once again. They made their way back into Hollow Earth, and found the great city of Praxis destroyed. Once they found Adam, Druitt grabbed several power circuits from Adam's machine, allowing the noncorporeal abnormal inside him to feast on the energy while making it possible for Magnus to pass Adam's protective rift field and follow him through his time portal.
Guardian's Timeline Edit
In the alternate timeline created by the Guardian, Druitt commits suicide two weeks after Helen Magnus is killed in an air strike in Buenos Aires: he takes a tactical nuclear warhead and teleports into the middle of the infected in Boston, obliterating himself, the infected, and half the city.
- Helen Magnus
- Love of his life and mother to his child.
- Ashley Magnus
- Once Druitt discovered that Ashley was his own flesh and blood, he began to seek her out, but without telling her the truth. He was aware that she had inherited a lust for violence from him, and tried to counsel her about it. Once Ashley realized who he was, they had an even more complicated relationship, which was tragically cut short when she was turned into a superabnormal and eventually killed herself by teleporting through an EM shield. Stricken with grief and rage, Druitt hunted down and killed the leadership of the Cabal one by one for what they did to his child.
- James Watson
- Druitt and Watson were very close during their original time with the Five. When the "Jack the Ripper" murders rocked England, Watson tried to find and capture the illusive criminal, and often discussed the case with Druitt, unaware that he was the one he was looking for. Once the truth was revealed, Watson was deeply hurt by his friend's betrayal; Druitt was more affected by the loss of this friendship than he was willing to admit. Shortly before Watson's death in 2009, they finally reconciled.
The real Montague John Druitt was originally considered by the law enforcement of the period to be Jack the Ripper. Inspector Frederick Abberline, however, dismissed Druitt as a serious suspect due to the fact that he lived in Kent, far away from the Whitechapel locations of the murders.
Notes and References Edit
- ↑ Webisode 3
- ↑ Episode 4x01 - "Tempus"
- ↑ Episodes 1x01 & 1x02 - "Sanctuary For All"
- ↑ Episode 1x07 - "The Five"
- ↑ Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy"
- ↑ Episode 2x11 - "Haunted"
- ↑ Episode 3x08 - "For King and Country"
- ↑ Episode 3x11 - "Pax Romana"
- ↑ Episode 3x20 - "Into The Black"
- ↑ Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus"