Who Was Aaron Kosminski Known Before As ‘Jack the Ripper’ Until DNA Test Revealed His Identity

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With the help of several DNA tests, researchers at Liverpool John Moores University proved that Pole barber Aaron Kosminski, 23, was infamous Jack the Ripper.

Nexter.org tells what about the life of the main suspect known worldwide as Jack the Ripper.

He was a polish migrant

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Source: AP

It is now known that the suspect in question was a man named Aaron Mordke Kosminski (1865 – 1919).

Kosminski emigrated from Congress Poland to England in the 1880s. From the detective’s notes we know that he was a Polish Jew and resident in Whitechapel.

Life in London

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Source: casebook

His father Abram Josef Kozminski was a tailor, an occupation that Aaron’s brother, Isaac would also take up. As far as can be ascertained, Isaac arrived in London at some stage between 1871 and 1873, where he became a prosperous tailor.

We don’s know exactly when Aaron arrived in London, but it may have been around 1880 – 1881.

We know virtually nothing about Aaron’s life in London. His later Medical records state his occupation as “hairdresser”, but it was also stated that he had not attempted any work for years.

Suspected by the two most senior officers

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Kosminski is of particular interest because, in addition to Macnaghten ( who was Assistant Commissioner (Crime) of the London Metropolitan Police from 1903 to 1913), the two highest ranking officers, with direct responsibility for the Jack the Ripper investigation, also considered him to be a strong suspect for the Jack the Ripper murders.

Assistant Commissioner Sir Robert Anderson claimed that the Ripper had been identified by the “only person who had ever had a good view of the murderer”, but that no prosecution was possible because both the witness and the culprit were Jews, and Jews were not willing to offer testimony against fellow Jews

Kosminski was mentally ill

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Source: AP

 

By mid-1890, he was displaying symptoms of mental illness, and was admitted to Mile End Old Town Workhouse on 12th July, 1890. His address was given as 3 Sion Square.

His stay on this occasion was a relatively short one, and he was discharged three days later, on 15th July, 1890.

He was re-admitted in early 1891, his abode this time being given as 16 Greenfield Street, the home of his brother-in-law, Morris Lubnowski, who was married to Aaron’s sister, Matilda.

This time he was 27. He was certified as insane and, on 7th February, 1891, he was transferred to the Middlesex County Lunatic Asylum Colney Hatch.

The cause of his insanity was recorded as “self-abuse”, which is thought to be a euphemism for masturbation.

His poor diet seems to have kept him in an emaciated state for years; his low weight was recorded in the asylum case notes. – by February 1919, he weighed just 96 pounds (44 kg).

He died the following month, aged 53.

Facts indicating insanity

He declares that he is guided and his movements altogether controlled by an instinct that informs his mind, he says that he knows the movements of all mankind, he r3efuses food from other because he is told to do so, and he eats out of the gutter for the same reason.”

Arguments against his guilt

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( Shawl found by the body of Catherine Eddowes) Source: PA

In Kosminski’s defense, he was described as harmless in the asylum. He had originally been taken into custody for threatening either his sister or the sister of a witness to his admittance with a knife and brandished a chair at an asylum attendant in January 1892, but these two incidents are the only known indications of violent behavior.

In the asylum, Kosminski preferred to speak his native language, Yiddish, which indicates that his English may have been poor and that he was unable to persuade English-speaking victims into dark alleyways, as the Ripper was supposed to do.

In March 2019, the Journal of Forensic Sciences published a study analyzing the mitochondrial DNA from semen extracted from a bloody shawl found near the body of victim Catherine Eddowes. This study, conducted by scientists at Liverpool John Moores University, confirms that the mitochondrial DNA on the shawl matches present-day Kosminski descendants.


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