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Who was Jack the Ripper? Show more Show less
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Jack the Ripper was one of the most notorious serial killers in history. In 1888, the Ripper was suspected of brutally killing at least five women in and around the Whitechapel district in the East End of London. The Ripper killings were the focus of an intensive police investigation and garnered enormous attention from the public and media, but the case went unsolved, and the identity of the Ripper remains a subject of widespread debate over a century later. So who was Jack the Ripper? Was he one of the contemporaneous suspects, or one revealed by historical and scientific research? Was he even a man - or, for that matter, was he real at all?

Seweryn Klosowski (George Chapman) Show more Show less

Klosowski was a convicted serial killer who lived in Whitechapel at the time of the Ripper murders.
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Klosowski killed women

Like the Ripper, Klosowski was a serial murderer who targeted women; he poisoned three of his wives.
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The Argument

Although many different claims have been made about the psychological characteristics of Jack the Ripper, the one certainty of his character is that he must have been capable of committing the heinous act of murder. It is also a well-known fact that he exclusively killed women. In 1903, Seweryn Kłosowski was hanged for just that type of crime: he married and murdered three successive women. As he lived in Whitechapel during the same period of time in which the Ripper killings took place, it is likely that Klosowski was responsible for the Ripper's crimes.

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