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The case of Aaron Kosminski: was he Jack the Ripper?

  • S. K. Lekh (a1), A. Langa (a2), P. Begg (a3) and B. K. Puri (a4)
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The Whitechapel murders of 1888 attributed to Jack the Ripper were, like many of the crimes of multiple-victim killers, well-publicised, bizarre and dramatic (Lunde & Sigal, 1990). Although in the public mind at the time the murders of at least seven women in and around the Whitechapel district of London's East End were believed to have been carried out by Jack the Ripper. However, according to police and forensic evidence his victims, all prostitutes, numbered only five, beginning with Mary Ann Nichols, found murdered on 31 August 1888, and ending with Mary Jane Kelly, whose mutilated body was discovered on 9 November 1888.

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The case of Aaron Kosminski: was he Jack the Ripper?

  • S. K. Lekh (a1), A. Langa (a2), P. Begg (a3) and B. K. Puri (a4)
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