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To what extent do you agree with the view that Kosminski was Jack the Ripper?

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To what extent do you agree with the view that Kosminski was Jack the Ripper? By Einthavy Arunachalam 9O Jack the Ripper was one of the most famous and renowned killers in history. Even though he was not the first serial killer, he was the first killer to strike on a metropolis setting. Jack the Ripper was in his prime at a time when the media had a strong control over society and society had as a whole was becoming much more literate. Jack started his killing campaign at a time of political controversy between the liberals and social reformers along with the Irish Home rule partisans. The reports of Jack the Ripper were collected and reported by the police, but then the different newspapers with their political influences slightly distorted the stories to give them their own effect. It has been more than one hundred years since the last murder and there is no longer any more original evidence, and the "facts" about the stories have changed over time due to different writers or differing sources. The press changed Jack the Ripper from being a depressed killer of prostitutes to one of the most romantic figures seen throughout history. One fact that most sources agreed upon was that the Ripper was a killer who wanted nothing more than to strike fear into the entire city by horribly mutilating his victims and then leaving them in locations where they were sure to be seen. ...read more.


an eyewitness; this allows us to see that Kosminski was a victim and therefore, must have killed the others as she was mutilated akin to the other victims. These pieces of evidences all together point out Kosminski as being Jack the Ripper. However, the only evidence against Kosminski was a positive identification by an eyewitness to the Ripper's Mitre Square murder. At the time of the murder, this witness declared that he could not identify the murderer again, and then two years later he claimed that Kosminski was indeed the man who committed the crime. Many ripper investigators do not believe that this evidence holds enough weight to point the finger at Kosminski, claiming he may simply have been an insane man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Moreover, Aaron Kosminski was not the solitary suspect for Jack the Ripper, there were more. On the contrary, I personally believe these two suspects, who I shall introduce, could have potentially been Jack the Ripper. The first suspect is a Montague John Druitt. Montague John Druitt, born in Dorset to a well-off family, he graduated with a degree in classics and went on to teach at a boarding school in Blackheath. Druitt's father, who was a surgeon, died in 1885 and his mother was institutionalized for depression. ...read more.


Hard evidence names Chapman as Jack the Ripper, however, the question remains whether he could transform himself from a brutal mutilator of prostitutes to that of a conniving "wife-prisoner." Although, many criminologists, historians and detectives differ in the opinion of indentifying the genuine Jack the Ripper, I tend to believe there are only two possibilities, either Aaron Kosminski or Severin Klosowski (George Chapman). In the case of Kosminski, I believe that the evidence for him being Jack the Ripper is powerful as the evidence shows that he had the exact personality and mental issues that many criminologists, historians and detectives believed Jack the Ripper had. He was an insane man who had great hatred for women with strong homicidal tendencies, which is exactly the type of man Jack the Ripper would have been. Furthermore, Kosminski was the solitary suspect who had an eyewitness statement; therefore, he is most likely to be Jack the Ripper. In the case of Klosowski, I believe that he is also the type of man who could have been Jack the Ripper in the view of the fact that he was a man who killed his wives with poison; however, it states that he eradicated his wives with poison while Jack the Ripper had mutilated his victims. To conclude, I agree with the views, which say that Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper due to the fact that there is more evidence pointing at him to be Jack the Ripper. ...read more.

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