The infamous Jack the Ripper was a mysterious serial killer who targeted female victims in London. The suspects of Jack the Ripper include Montague John Druitt, Aaron Kosminski, Michael Ostrog, James Maybrick, Francis Tumblety, George Chapman, and Joseph Barnett. Montague John Druitt is thought to be the most likely suspect of Jack the Ripper.
He was a barrister dismissed from his job in 1888 and found dead in the Thames a month after the last murder attributed to Jack the Ripper. He had a history of mental illness in his family and was known to have violent tendencies.
Severin Klosowski (George Chapman)
Severin Klosowski (George Chapman) Severin Klosowski, also known by his pseudonym George Chapman by police and the press, was a Polish barber. He had worked as an assistant to poisoner William Palmer before becoming a London hairdresser in 1888. Severin married multiple times, with six of his seven wives dying locked in suspicious circumstances. He was arrested for the attempted murder of one wife and eventually hanged for the murder of three other women in 1903.
Severin Klosowski (George Chapman) was born on March 19, 1858, in Austria. He became an apprentice barber in his youth before moving to Bavaria and working for William Palmer. As such, he was intimately acquainted with poisons and had come across the same poisons. Used by Palmer on the bodies of his wife Ann Taylor and her sister Marion Taylor when they were discovered in 1888. He married three women who died under suspicious circumstances. Margaret Fogarty died after being locked alone inside a trunk for two minutes. Ellen Williams-Barratt died after being locked inside a cabinet.
Aaron Kosminski was a Polish Jew hailing from Whitechapel. He had been admitted to an insane asylum in 1891 and later on the census reports of 1901 and 1911 placed him there. Although he was one of the prime suspects during the time of the investigation. No conclusive evidence tying him to Ripper’s crimes besides his mental instability has ever been found. Some evidence points out that Kosminski may have been an unidentified suspect known as ‘The Leather Apron.’
Kosminski is the first documented person to be officially eliminated from being a suspect in the Jack the Ripper case. Aaron Kosminski was born in Poland in 1864. He left the country to come to England, where he arrived in about 1888. He was admitted for treatment for a mental disease at the Cane Hill Asylum near London. A private psychiatric hospital that accepted patients from public asylums if they were judged too dangerous to remain there.
Although Kosminski did not fit the typical profile of Jack the Ripper’s victims. He is thought by some who study criminology and history as being one of his potential suspects due to his mental instability and violent tendencies.
Francis Tumblety was an American quack doctor who fled from London shortly after the Ripper’s last murder. This technique of fleeing earned him his ‘ prime suspect’ status overnight. Although no definitive evidence has ever been found to tie him to the murders. Francis Tumblety enjoyed bragging about his wealth and honor. Which may have led him to become a suspect in the Jack The Ripper case due to his suspicious behavior.
Francis Tumblety was an American quack doctor who fled from London shortly after the Ripper’s last murder. This technique of fleeing earned him his ‘prime suspect’ status overnight. Although no definitive evidence has ever been found to tie him to the murders. He had a deep hatred for women and believed that men should rule the world. He enjoyed bragging about his wealth and honor, which may have led him to become a suspect in the Jack The Ripper case due to his suspicious behavior. Francis Tumbletyalso made many enemies over the years during his lectures around Europe.
Michael Ostrog, also known as ‘The Russian Physician’ was another suspect in the Jack The Ripper case. He was a Russian psychiatrist who used to live in the Whitechapel district before becoming a patient in a lunatic hospital. His medical records describe him as an ‘evil genius’. He was violent and unpredictable with a tendency for hysteria and delusions of grandeur. He had been arrested many times for assaulting women on the streets of Whitechapel which may have caused suspicion against him. Since all the victims of Jack The Ripper were female.
Another man who was suspected in the case was a Polish barber called John Pizer. His wife, Lydia, had been brutally murdered just weeks before Mary Jane Kelly’s murder. The police had found blood on Pizer’s clothes and even though he would explain that one of his shirts got torn while he was fighting with a woman on the streets, they still arrested him for the crime and incarcerated him in Newgate Prison. After three months, however, they dropped all charges against him because they could not find enough evidence to convict him.
Montague John Druitt
Montague John Druitt was a cricket coach and lawyer who is known to be one of the suspects in the Jack The Ripper cases. After his father was declared mentally insane. Druitt was forced to resign from his teaching job and work as a barrister instead. His body parts were found in London’s Thames River right after the last victim of Jack The Ripper died. Leading to police suspecting that he might have killed her too. However, it wasn’t clear if Druitt committed suicide or if someone else murdered him and dumped his body in the river so this line of the investigation never produced concrete results.
Marian Druitt was the accuser in this case and had a falling out with her father after he was declared insane. She believed that John committed suicide because of the mental stress he experienced throughout his life, not because of any other suspect.
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Still to this day, the identity of Jack the Ripper remains a mystery. Despite numerous suspects over the years, including some of the most notorious criminals in history, there has never been enough evidence to definitively identify the killer. Despite this, the case has captivated people for over a century and continues to fascinate them today. As more evidence is uncovered, new theories and suspects may be revealed. Until then, we can only speculate on who Jack the Ripper was.