In actuality, he did graduate from the University of Michigan's Department of Medicine and Surgery in June 1884 after passing his exams, and whilst enrolled, worked in the anatomy lab under their chief anatomy instructor.
He had previously apprenticed in New Hampshire under Dr. Nahum Wight, an advocate of human dissection.
Holmes/Mudgett has been considered one of the many suspects in the Jack the Ripper murders in various accounts, even by his great-great-grandson, There has also been questions as to whether he was actually executed, which lead to the exhumation of the body to assess the DNA (see video below.)
The History Channel will be doing a special (July 11th) featuring said great-great-grandchild, Jeff Mudgett (lawyer [whom obviously understands how to present a case] and author of 'Bloodstains') who believes his great-great grandfather was, indeed, Jack the Ripper.
It has been iffy whether 'Holmes' was in the East End of London during the time of the murders, though purportedly, according to census records (as well as alleged inherited diaries), he had a residence in Whitechapel, and after attempting to sell a corpse to a local hospital, a formal complaint was filed against him, which places him in the Whitechapel area around the time of the murders.
Anyway, I, personally, do not believe him to be the Ripper as there were those with more feasible associations, though all are arguable.
(You can read my theory of the why, if not the who, HERE.)
So, here are the more recent events in the case of the Beast of Chicago, King of the Murder Castle....
(I have not read Mudgett's book, 'Bloodstains' but did read a review which states as follows:
'Patience is also necessary to withstand the long rambling segments in which Mudgett describes hallucinations of Holmes’ ghost. Coincidentally, around the same time Mudgett inherited the diaries, he also inherited the murderer’s arrogant and demanding spirit. He literally sees his great-great-grandfather’s face and hears the man’s voice in his head, trying to convince Mudgett to become a killer as well.
Doctors explain the hallucinations, attributing them to an equally coincidental development of a brain tumor and periodic life-threatening seizures. The illness threatens Mudgett’s life throughout the story, and at one point he is given a terminal diagnosis. The tumor also miraculously dissipates around the same time that Mudgett solves a few personal mysteries surrounding his ancestry.'
This, to me, casts some doubt on the authenticity of certain claims, and throws a proverbial monkey-wrench in the assumption of Holmes being the Ripper.
Perhaps I am being just too skeptical. So many of the suspects have been as adamantly proclaimed the Ripper. Such a puzzle with so many warped pieces to fit together. So many complex (as well as random) connections....