True crime and horror fans alike all group words like “terrifying, horrific, and brutal” with the infamous Jack The Ripper. In case you’ve never taken a history class in your life, or are just now navigating the world wide web, the serial killer is defined by good ole Wikipedia as the following:
Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer generally believed to have been active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. In both the criminal case files and contemporary journalistic accounts, the killer was called the Whitechapel Murderer and Leather Apron.
The question of “who was Jack The Ripper” was just as mind-boggling, as “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” Up until recently, no one has been able to crack the case. He was just some creepy dude in a cape and top hat roaming the streets of London waiting to strike at any unsuspecting prey. When two British researchers published a DNA forensic investigation, however, it revealed that one of Jack The Ripper’s victims had incriminating evidence covering their shawl. Thanks to new advancements in DNA, they were able to match the stains to a name; Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber and prime suspect at the time who managed to get off scott-free due to lack of evidence.
While the whole world cheered, there were more than a few skeptics. In an article published by Live Science, Turi King, a reader in genetics and archaeology at the University of Leicester, pointed out that there were several holes in the story, including the shawl itself. Apparently, it’s more likely than not that the piece of cloth didn't even belong to the victim of Jack The ripper’s brutal murders. This particular shawl was sort of generic at the time, and worn by a lot of women. It was also picked up by a police officer outside of the victim's jurisdiction, and then passed down throughout the years being labeled an antique due to it possibly being historically valuable. Kind of how your grandma said you were Native American, and then you got your 23andMe results back and mysteriously, not one drop of Native American can be found.
Many scientists and researchers are questioning why this “evidence” was even published at all. It was one of those “Eh, this seems kinds true, and we have a bunch of fancy science words to back it up, so let's publish this thing!” Check out the link posted above to read all about Jack The Ripper, and how science proves the innocence of the thought to be murderer, but actually just a normal barber (we’re looking at you, Sweeny Todd.)
The question that has haunted our brains for centuries will continue to remain a mystery. With the events of the Ripper taking place such a long time ago, we may never know his true identity.
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