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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?

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Despite the fact that almost all the suspects were men, a woman would have been better positioned to commit the crimes and escape.
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A midwife could have committed the crimes

A midwife would have had the necessary skills to commit the Ripper murders and would have had a much easier time evading suspicion than any man.
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One of the most perplexing elements of the Ripper's crimes is the question of how the killer managed to enter into and escape from each crime scene without being identified by any witnesses. A man leaving his household late at night, wandering the streets, being covered in bloodstained clothes, and possibly being found by a body would be very likely to arouse suspicion. A woman, especially a midwife, would have had a much easier time escaping notice while committing the Ripper's killings. A midwife would have had the knowledge of anatomy and basic surgical skills needed to perform the mutilations committed by Jack the Ripper. Furthermore, in London in 1888 it would not have been unusual for a midwife to travel the streets at any hour, even with clothes covered in blood, due to their responsibilities in attending to childbirth.

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