The unsolved case of ‘Jack the Ripper’
Mystery, suspense and thrill are the three things we love to have in a movie. But what we don’t know is that these things surround us in real life too. There are murders happening everyday and there are serial killers living next to our houses. Many a times we blame ‘the modern age’ for such increasing incidents but all of this is happening since time immemorial. One of the most famous murder mysteries that remains unsolved till date is that of ‘Jack the Ripper’.
The Whitechapel area of London has been a witness of five brutal murders between August and November 1888 by none other than Jack the Ripper. These five murders were of five prostitutes and indicated that the murderer had enough knowledge about human anatomy as the bodies were mutilated in a strange manner.
What’s strange is that despite of so many speculations, the identity of this criminal is still unknown. The most popular theories suggest that the killer might be Victorian painter Walter Sickert or a Polish migrant or even the grandson of Queen Victoria- Prince Albert Victor.
Recently, in 2011, a British detective Trevor Marriott was denied access to uncensored documents surrounding this case by the Metropolitan Police. In 2014, an amateur sleuth Russell Edwards claimed that the murderer was Aaron Kosminkski, a Polish immigrant and one of the chief suspects of this case. He found this through the DNA results obtained from a shawl belonging to one of the victims, Catherine Eddowes.
It’s quite intriguing to learn about the stories we feel are limited to big screens. ‘Jack the ripper’ remains one of the most infamous criminals of the world and his story and identity is no less than a blockbuster murder thriller.