Jack the Ripper is a serial killer who committed his crimes in London at the end of the 19th century. The villain's nickname has become a household name in world forensics. Despite the presence of witnesses and material evidence, the killer was never caught. The case of the maniac remained unsolved for a century. More recently, with the help of modern technology, it was possible to prove that the legendary criminal was Aaron Kosminsky.
Kosminsky was tried as a suspect in the Jack the Ripper case and was released due to insufficient evidence of involvement. Aaron was born on September 11, 1865 in Poland (the city of Klodawa). The boy was born into a large Jewish family. At that time, Poland was part of the Russian Empire. Aaron Kosminsky grew up in a rather poor provincial city, shrouded in anti-Semitic sentiments. This situation forced the family to immigrate to the UK.
Kosminsky, along with loved ones, settled in the London area of immigrants - Whitechapel. This place can hardly be called prosperous. In the second half of the XIX century, there was a high level of unemployment and crime. Whitechapel was distinguished by poverty and an abundance of women of easy virtue. At the beginning of the series of brutal murders, the twenty-three-year-old Kosminsky Aaron, whose biography is ordinary and uninteresting, worked as a hairdresser.
Under the name Jack the Ripper, an unidentified killer entered the world history, the victims of which were 5 women. Crimes were committed from August 31 to November 9, 1888. Some sources attribute to this maniac another 5-6 murders committed during 1888-1891.
All identified victims of Jack the Ripper are women of easy virtue. The mass resonance around these murders was caused by the incredible cruelty with which they were committed. First, the killer strangled the victim or cut her throat. Then he opened the abdominal cavity. In some cases, he removed organs from the body and placed them next to the corpse. Several times, the maniac even took parts of the bodies of the victims with him. Investigators have failed to agree on whether Jack the Ripper had a medical education. According to some experts familiar with the case materials, the offender is a professional surgeon, or at least a butcher. Other criminologists claimed that a person who does not understand anything in anatomy is operating.
Kosminsky Aaron - a suspect in a series of terrible murders
In the Jack the Ripper case, dozens of Londoners went through. The main suspects were six. Kosminsky was interviewed by police, but had to be released due to lack of evidence. During the investigation, it was possible to establish that Aaron really lived and worked in the area where the crimes were committed. The investigation also had one witness who allegedly saw the killer, but he refused to testify.
Another indirect evidence that Aaron the Kosminsky maniac is a strange inscription. From one of the mutilated bodies, a bloody trail went to the facade of the building, on which it was written: "The Jews are not the people who can be blamed for nothing." This fact was intensely hidden from the public to prevent anti-Semitic sentiments. At the same time, Aaron himself was a Jew and did not hide his origin.
The fate of the hairdresser from London
Kosminsky, from whom all charges of involvement in a series of terrible murders were dropped, continued to live and work in London. In 1891, a young man tried to kill his own sister. After that, he was sent to a mental hospital for compulsory treatment. Doctors have diagnosed schizophrenia. It is believed that the patient heard voices and suffered from other forms of hallucinations. There is a note in the history of the disease according to which the first signs of the disease appeared in 1885.
Theoretically, brutal murders could have been avoided by sending a potential criminal to treatment in time. Of course, if the killer is really Kosminsky Aaron. The family of the suspect quickly enough after the events immigrated from London. The stories of witnesses personally acquainted with Aaron about his personality are contradictory. Some people claim that he was always quick-tempered and aggressive, while others say that no one expected an assassination attempt on his own sister from a calm person. Kosminsky himself spent his whole life in psychiatric hospitals. He died in one of the medical institutions in 1919.
The identity of Jack the Ripper is revealed!
To prove that Jack the Ripper is Aaron of Kosminsky, it was possible quite recently, more than a century after the crimes committed. The history of this serial killer continues to excite the public today. Hundreds of people around the world - professional policemen and ordinary detective story lovers - continue to study all known facts.
One of these researchers, Russell Edwards, bought a shawl at an auction, which, according to legend, was discovered near one of the corpses. There were several spots on this thing. Russell Edwards tracked down the direct descendants of Aaron of Kosminsky and his victim, Catherine Eddows, near whose body a shawl was discovered. Studies have shown that blood stains and the alleged killer match the suspect’s DNA. This evidence can be considered irrefutable.
Letter from hell
There are many secrets and legends connected with the name of Jack the Ripper. Many people wonder where the sinister pseudonym of the criminal came from. His killer chose for himself. On September 25, 1888, the police received a letter stating hell as the return address. An unknown person signed as "Jack the Ripper", not forgetting to mention that the name is fictitious. A fragment of the kidney of the last victim was attached to the letter.
Such messages, often anonymous ones, were constantly received by the police and the media at that time. The “Letter from Hell” was also officially recognized as a hoax. At the same time, it is difficult to doubt its authenticity, since the author of the message promised to cut off the ears of the next victim. This promise has been fulfilled.
Will you be able to reveal all the secrets of the legendary maniac?
The case of Jack the Ripper is fraught with many mysteries and secrets. It is still unknown how exactly Aaron of Kosminsky looked. The photo of the killer was not preserved, in the archives there are only pictures of his own sister and brother. It was not possible to establish the true motives of the offender. The cruelty with which the crimes were committed suggests that Jack the Ripper killed exclusively for the pleasure of the process.
Could all these crimes have committed, acting alone a very young Kosminsky Aaron? The victims of the maniac are only women of average build. Physically, the twenty-three-year-old Aaron could handle them physically. Still, some researchers claim that Kosminsky was only one member of an organized criminal group.