JACK THE RIPPER: we still do not know who he was … (HE WAS NOT AARON KOSMINSKI)…

My latest true crime article is about Jack the Ripper. You can read it here : http://crimemagazine.com/jack-ripper-we-still-do-not-know-who-he-was Yes, my research shows that Jack the Ripper was not the Polish Jew Aaron Kosminski as announced recently and when you read my article on the true crime site – crimemagazine.com – you will see why I do. […]

My latest true crime article is about Jack the Ripper. You can read it here : http://crimemagazine.com/jack-ripper-we-still-do-not-know-who-he-was

Yes, my research shows that Jack the Ripper was not the Polish Jew Aaron Kosminski as announced recently and when you read my article on the true crime site – crimemagazine.com – you will see why I do.

My article begins:

In London during the fall of 1888, it was cold and wet with thick fog descending over the narrow dimly-lit streets, alleys and squares. The weather, however, did not make life for the hundreds of thousands, most of them immigrants, living in London’s Whitechapel district, harder than it already was. For the majority of them unemployed or working at menial jobs for up to 18 hours a day for a weekly wage of five pennies, and living sometimes up to 12 in an unheated room without running water, or living in insalubrious lodging houses, the weather was their least concern.

Survival was what was on the minds of the immigrants, and this was so especially for the women, because at that time the men of Whitechapel considered a woman no different than their other “chattels” — furniture, carts and horses for example — and domestic violence was a common occurrence. Furthermore, as for many women prostitution was the only means of survival, they faced an added danger: being beaten up or being slashed with a knife by the men who paid them tuppence (two pennies) for satisfying their sexual demands.

That fall another danger also confronted the women of Whitechapel: Jack the Ripper.

One hundred and twenty-six years later and despite the investigations of thousands of Ripper enthusiasts — “ripperologists” as they have become known — many of them writing books claiming to know the identity of this killer, and indeed naming him, the debate over who was Jack the Ripper continues.

 

 

 

Map of 1888 Whitechapel

Map of 1888 Whitechapel

 

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