Jack The Ripper

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Serial killers were very rare during the Victorian Era, but they were typically very violent when they did show up. They affected their society as a whole and sometimes altered the everyday lives of people around them. These people made it dangerous to walk the streets at night, especially if their identity was unknown. Some of the trends in serial killers during this era are still popular in modern serial killers. Jack the Ripper, one of the most infamous serial killers, was one of the first of his kind, and people still investigate his case today. Year after year, more and more people take interest in his case and come up with their own conclusions. However, there is no definite conclusion and perhaps there never will be. On the night of …show more content…

There were over 30 suspects that were considered in the case, some of which were less considered than others. There was a list of main suspects, to suspects who were less likely to be the murderer. Main suspects, which were narrowed down to five people, at best. The other 26 suspects were not evaluated as much as those main five. These people included the infamous James Maybrick, Francis Tumblety, Walter Sickert, George Chapman, and Aaron Kosminski (source 3). Each suspect has specific reasons why they were considered to be the murderer. For example, James Maybrick was a main suspect in this case. He was the suspect at the very top of the list, solely because he had a written confession in his diary, which was not found until late in the year 1995. In the Michael Barrett’s Confessions section of the Casebook, it states that the diary wrote, “I Michael Barrett, make oath and state as follows… I was the author of the original diary of ‘Jack the Ripper’ and my wife, Anne Barrett, hand wrote it from typed notes and on occasions at my dictation, the details of which I will explain in due course.” However, since this was not discovered until much longer after the case was closed, it was dismissed as irrational evidence. Nowadays, myriad people consider James Maybrick to be the face of the name ‘Jack the Ripper’. Nevertheless, the other four main suspects are also extensively investigated. Francis Tumblety, in fact, had a supposed extreme hatred of women and prostitutes, which would fit the description of the killer. Tumblety was in London at the time and was known by many people, which, therefore, could have given him a more vast knowledge in the East End environment. Following his flee of London, no more murders were committed, if one only counts the canonical victims. Having said that, Tumblety was also a homosexual, which some believe would rule him out

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