It was announced recently that a man named Russell Edwards came forward, claiming, undeniably, that Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper.
Who is Aaron Kosminski? A polish immigrant who died in 1899 in a mental institution. Who is Jack the Ripper? If you really need the answer to that question, please refer to this.
Long story short, the reason that we know, for real, that Kosminski killed and mutilated five prostitutes, is DNA. They CSI’d it.
Awesome. But why are we loosing our minds over it?
Because we have been obsessed with true crime-gore, serial killers, Nancy Grace (Admit it)-since 1888. When some unknown perp decided to kill a prost in Whitechapel, London. It’s come full circle.
And time is a flat circle.
When Jack the Ripper was first reported in the newspapers, the case became in international sensation. Everyone and their mother was following the case, because the newspapers would not stop printing all sorts of theories, critiques about the police not doing their job, evidence such as the ‘Dear Boss’ letter that ‘Jack’ sent to one of the news agencies, cries for social reform, and of course…money. The papers made so much money.
There’s a saying, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Jack was pouring blood all over the printing presses, in London, and around the world.
In America, pre-Jack, a case of a beautiful murdered woman named Mary Rodgers captured the imagination of the public. Edgar Allan Poe-some obscure alcoholic writer, or so they say-wrote a story about her (The Mystery of Marie Rogêt). You could consider this case as the “patient zero” of media sensationalism and crime-the first infection (Zombie reference).
Nevertheless, Jack the Ripper was the most talked about serial killer in the 19th century. And 20th century. And 21st century. They come and go, be they mass shooters or slow poisoners, cannibals or cult leaders, writing in code or a manifesto. Coverage stays the same.
It’s all breaking news, and, about three months later, a Law & Order: SVU episode. Know more.