Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Real Jack the Ripper identified through DNA analysis


Hey, DNA evidence wasn’t enough to convict OJ Simpson, but it is good enough to identify Jack the Ripper. Sorry, film fans, Jack was not a member of the royal family. He was a mentally ill Polish Jew immigrant.

Chief Inspector Donald Swanson, the officer in charge of the investigation, had named him in his notes: Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew who had fled to London with his family, escaping the Russian pogroms, in the early 1880s.

Kosminski has always been one of the three most credible suspects. He is often described as having been a hairdresser in Whitechapel, the occupation written on his admission papers to the workhouse in 1890. What is certain is he was seriously mentally ill, probably a paranoid schizophrenic who suffered auditory hallucinations and described as a misogynist prone to ‘self-abuse’ – a euphemism for masturbation.

McCormack said police did not have enough evidence to convict Kosminski, despite identification by a witness, but kept him under 24-hour surveillance until he was committed to mental asylums for the rest of his life. 

now that we’ve solved the mystery of Jack the Ripper, I’m filled with home that someday we’ll find Lois lerner’s missing email.

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