True Crime

Jack the Ripper

I am researching Jack the Ripper for a future Sam Smith story and for a novel set in 1888. Personally, I don’t think any of the ‘usual suspects’, George Chapman, Francis Tumblety, Aaron Kosminski, etc was Jack the Ripper and I doubt that his true identity will be found. Nevertheless, the man holds a gruesome fascination and, of course, the subject matter is ripe for a detective novelist.


From the Illustrated London News, 1888, Aaron Kosminski – was this man Jack the Ripper?

3 replies on “Jack the Ripper”

Hello Anna, thank you for your comment. The ‘evidence’ is slight. I will post it here tomorrow.


Some people believe Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper because Chief Constable Sir Melville Macnaughton regarded Kosminski as one of three likely candidates. Kosminski ‘hated prostitutes’ suffered from ‘mania’ and ‘threatened to kill his sister with a knife’. Also, Kosminski’s appearance ‘strongly resembled the individual (Jack) seen in Mitre Square’. This ‘evidence’ is slight and personally I don’t believe Kosminski was Jack.


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