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Old 02 May 2007, 06:27 PM
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Default Historian claims to ID Jack the Ripper

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - An eminent South African historian believes he has stumbled on the identity of Jack the Ripper.

Charles van Onselen said at first he wasn't sure he wanted to publicize the conclusions he drew when he noticed parallels in the century-old, unsolved Ripper case and the background of Joseph Silver, who terrorized women as "King of the Pimps" in Johannesburg.
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While the book has been well-received, reaction from "Ripperologists" has been skeptical as van Onselen makes his case on circumstantial evidence.

To his doubters the author said: "How many coincidences do you want to mount up in your mind simultaneously until you start saying this is a real possibility?"
I'm far from a Ripperologist, but this is a new name to me.
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Old 02 May 2007, 06:30 PM
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I think by now, everyone who was alive and in London at the time has been fingered by somebody. So one of them is right.

Let's face it, we're never going to find out are we?
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Old 02 May 2007, 06:32 PM
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Let's face it, we're never going to find out are we?
We've no hope now that John De Lorean died.

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I think by now, everyone who was alive and in London at the time has been fingered by somebody.
Is this TMI?
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Is this TMI?
Only if true.
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Old 01 September 2008, 08:09 AM
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Australia Is Jack the Ripper buried in Australia?

The only clue to the possible sinister identity of the body lying six feet under is a headstone carrying the grainy image of a caped figure raising a dagger.

But it is in this Australian plot, with the epitaph merely reading 'Bessie, died 25th June 1957 and her husband', that some historians believe the body of Jack the Ripper lies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...Australia.html
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The only clue to the possible sinister identity of the body lying six feet under is a headstone carrying the grainy image of a caped figure raising a dagger.

But it is in this Australian plot, with the epitaph merely reading 'Bessie, died 25th June 1957 and her husband', that some historians believe the body of Jack the Ripper lies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...Australia.html
According to the Daily Mail article the suspect was named Porriott, surely a mis-spelling of Poirot - and according to the picture in the article the murderer was Sherlock Holmes!
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Old 13 April 2009, 09:28 AM
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JACK the Ripper's identity has remained a mystery but if a Melbourne academic is right, the murderer was a Windsor resident.

Dr Geoff Crawford, an academic from Templestowe, became interested in the murdererís tale more than a decade ago and started researching the case for a book, the Manningham Leader reports.
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...70-661,00.html

and more here

http://manningham-leader.whereilive....dle-of-ripper/

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Another year, another Ripper suspect.

So basically, the best they have on this guy is that he was a convicted murderer and was alive around the same time as Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, that probably applies to thousands of people.

Their idea to try and DNA test their suspect against a Ripper letter is sketchy as well, since most Ripper letters are quite likely hoaxes. As far as I can tell, they could only get mitochondrial DNA anyway, if Patricia Cornwell's tests are any indication.

I know a lot of the aura around Jack the Ripper is the mystery, and it's always fun to come up with new suspects, but it seems quite likely that the real Jack the Ripper was simply one of the hundreds of thousands of anonymous poor people living in Whitechapel at the time. I know it's not a sexy theory but...
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