Category: X-Files

Scotland Yard Famous Investigation: Jack the Ripper

Untitled-1.jpg

Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski was Jack the Ripper Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-unmasked-How-amateur-sleuth-used-DNA-breakthrough-identify-Britains-notorious-criminal-126-years-string-terrible-murders.html#ixzz3CffUn8mD Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

I have just read on the net that the real Jack the Ripper has been named.  The monster in the case of this most gruesome 126 years old unsolved serial killing  has finally been revealed by using modern technology.

The most telling evidence was from DNAs taken from a bloodsoaked shawl bought in an auction by a businessman, Russell Edwards, in 2007 from the heirs of Sergeant Amos Simpson, the policeman on duty the night Catherine Eddowes was murdered.

Mr Edwards has learnt of the big reveal from scientific investigation from Dr Jari Louhelainen, a world-renowned expert in analysing genetic evidence from historical crime scenes.

Using cutting-edge techniques, Dr Louhelainen was able to extract 126-year-old DNA from the material and compare it to DNA from descendants of Eddowes and the suspect, with both proving a perfect match.

JACK THE RIPPER WAS A POLISH JEW.  HIS NAME WAS AARON KOSMINSKI.  He and his family immigrated to London to escape the pogrom, the persecution of an ethnic or religious group, particularly one aimed at Jews.

Kosminski would have been 23 years old when the murders happened.

He later died in an insane asylum.

Apparently there is a Black Museum at the New Scotland Yard, which unfortunately is not available to the public except for the very chosen few.  It would be interesting to get a glimpse of these Victorian murders and horror.  Well the next best thing is to join one of the Jack the Ripper tours, taking paying public to places where the murders occured  on foot.  Interesting.

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-unmasked-How-amateur-sleuth-used-DNA-breakthrough-identify-Britains-notorious-criminal-126-years-string-terrible-murders.html#ixzz3CfiTHl8e

…………………………………………………………………………………………

30 October 2012

As it is Halloween soon, let us go back to history to see and read some of the famous or infamous cases by Scotland Yard.

Scotland Yard Famous Investigation: Jack the Ripper

History of the Metropolitan Police

The Enduring Mystery of Jack the Ripper

The name ‘Jack the Ripper’ has become the most infamous in the annals of murder. Yet, the amazing fact is that his identity remains unproven today. In the years 1888-1891 the name was regarded with terror by the residents of London’s East End, and was known the world over. So shrouded in myth and mystery is this story that the facts are hard to identify at this remove in time. And it was the officers of Scotland Yard to whom the task of apprehending the fearsome killer was entrusted.

They may have failed, but they failed honourably, having made every effort and inquiry in their power to free London of the unknown terror.

Over the years the mystery has deepened to the degree that the truth is almost totally obscured. Innumerable press stories, pamphlets, books, plays, films, and even musicals have dramatised and distorted the facts to such a degree that the fiction is publicly accepted more than the reality.

Suspects

Suffice to say genuine suspects are far fewer than the prolific authors of the genre would have us believe. In fact, to reduce them to only those with a genuine claim having been nominated by contemporary police officers, we are left with a mere four. They are:

  • Kosminski, a poor Polish Jewish resident in Whitechapel;
  • Montague John Druitt, a 31 year old barrister and school teacher who committed suicide in December 1888;
  • Michael Ostrog, a Russian-born multi-pseudonymous thief and confidence trickster, believed to be 55 years old in 1888, and detained in asylums on several occasions;
  • Dr Francis J. Tumblety, 56 Years old, an American ‘quack’ doctor, who was arrested in November 1888 for offences of gross indecency, and fled the country later the same month, having obtained bail at a very high price.

The first three of these suspects were nominated by Sir Melville Macnaghten, who joined the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Chief Constable, second in command of the Criminal Investigation Deptment (C.I.D.) at Scotland Yard in June 1889. They were named in a report dated 23 February 1894, although there is no evidence of contemporary police suspicion against the three at the time of the murders. Indeed, Macnaghten’s report contains several odd factual errors.

Inspector Donald Swanson

Kosminski was certainly favoured by the head of the C.I.D. Dr. Robert Anderson, and the officer in charge of the case, Chief Inspector Donald Swanson. Druitt appears to have been Macnaghten’s preferred candidate, whilst the fact that Ostrog was arrested and incarcerated before the report was compiled leaves the historian puzzling why he was included as a viable suspect in the first place.

The fourth suspect, Tumblety, was stated to have been “amongst the suspects” at the time of the murders and “to my mind a very likely one,” by the ex-head of the Special Branch at Scotland Yard in 1888, ex-Detective Chief lspector John George Littlechild. He confided his thoughts in a letter dated 23 September, 1913, to the criminological journalist and author George R Sims.

For a list of viable suspects they have not inspired any uniform confidence in the minds of those well-versed in the case.

Indeed, arguments can be made against all of them being the culprit, and no hard evidence exists against any of them. What is obvious is the fact that the police were at no stage in a position to prove a case against anyone, and it is highly unlikely a positive case will ever be proved. If the police were in this position in 1888-1891, then what hope for the enthusiastic modern investigator?

To clear the confusion for the new student of the case we have to return to factual basics. Just who was ‘Jack the Ripper,’ and what were the ‘Whitechapel murders’?

The crimes

What has to be understood is the fact that the ‘Ripper’ murders and the ‘Whitechapel murders’ are not the same thing, although the latter does include the ‘Ripper’ murders. So to set the scene, the list of the eleven Whitechapel murders, (all of which at some stage have been looked upon as ‘Ripper’ murders), was as follows:

Throat cutting attended the murders of Nichols, Chapman, Stride, Eddowes, Kelly, McKenzie and Coles. In all except the cases of Stride and Mylett there was abdominal mutilation. In the case of Chapman the uterus was taken away by the killer

Date Victim Circumstances
Tuesday 3 April 1888 Emma Elizabeth Smith Assaulte and robbed in Osborn Street, Whitechapel.
Tuesday 7 August 1888 Martha Tabram George Yard Buildings,George Yard, Whitechapel.
Friday 31 August 1888 Mary Ann Nichols Buck’s Row, Whitechapel,
Saturday 8 September 1888 Annie Chapman Rear Yard at 29 Hanbury Street,
Spitalfields.
Sunday 30 September 1888 Elizabeth Stride Yard at side of 40 Berner Street,
St Georges-in-the- East.
Sunday 30 September 1888 Catherine Eddowes Mitre Square, Aldgate, City of London.
Friday 9 November 1888 Mary Jane Kelly 13 Miller’s Court, 26 Dorset Street Spitalfields.
Thursday 20 December 1888 Rose Mylett Clarke’s Yard, High Street. Poplar.
Wednesday 17 July 1889 Alice McKenzie` Castle Alley,
Whitechapel.
Tuesday 10 September 1889 unknown female torso Found under railway arch in Pinchin Street, Whitechapel,
Friday 13 February 1891 Frances Coles Under railway arch, Swallow Gardens, Whitechapel.

; Eddowes’ uterus and left kidney were taken; and in Kelly’s case, evidence suggests, the heart.

The murders were considered too much for the local Whitechapel (H) Division C.I.D, headed by Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, to handle alone. Assistance was sent from the Central Office at Scotland Yard, after the Nichols murder, in the persons of Detective Inspectors, Frederick George Abberline, Henry Moore, and Walter Andrews, together with a team of subordinate officers. Reinforcements were drafted into the area to supplement the local men. After the Eddowes murder the City Police, under Detective Inspector James McWilliam, were also engaged on the hunt for the killer.

Every one of these murders remained unsolved, no person was ever convicted of any of them. Thus It must be said that we simply do not know which of them for certain were the work of a single killer. Over the years, mainly as a result of Macnaghten’s beliefs, the ‘Ripper’-victims have been listed as

  • Nichols
  • Chapman
  • Stride
  • Eddowes
  • Kelly,

with Tabram having gained favour more recently as a possible sixth in the opinion of some historians.

Non-Ripper murders

Certainly the evidence indicates that Smith was murdered by a group of three young hoodlums. The police investigated a suspicion that Tabram was murdered by a soldier. Mylett, who was not even murdered according to the Assistant Commissioner Robert Anderson, was probably strangled by a client.

McKenzie’s wounds indicated yet a different killer.The ‘Pinchin Street torso’ was undoubtedly an exercise in the disposal of a body, and Coles was possibly murdered by a male companion, James Thomas Sadler, who was arrested and, certainly for a while, suspected of being the Ripper.

The name

Almost certainly the one single reason for the enduring appeal of this rather sordid series of prostitute murders is the name Jack the Ripper. The name is easy to explain. It was written at the end of a letter, dated 25 September, 1888, and received by the Central News Agency on 27 September, 1888. They, in turn, forwarded it to the Metropolitan Police on 29 September.

The letter was couched in lurid prose and began “Dear Boss……” It went on to speak of “That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits……” (‘Leather Apron’ was a John Pizer, briefly suspected at the time of the Chapman murder). “I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled…”; and so on in a similar vein. The appended “trade name” of Jack the Ripper was then made public and further excited the imagination of the populace.

The two murders of 30 September 1888 gave the letter greater importance and to underline it the unknown correspondent again committed red ink to postcard and posted it on 1 October. In this communication he referred to himself as ‘saucy Jacky…’ and spoke of the “double event…….” He again signed off as Jack the Ripper. The status of this correspondence is still being discussed by modern historians.

The message on the wall

Immediately after the Eddowes murder a piece of her bloodstained apron was found in a doorway in Goulston Street, Whitechapel. Above the piece of apron, on the brick fascia in the doorway, was the legend, in chalk, “The Juwes are The men that Will not be Blamed for nothing.” A message from the murderer, or simply anti-Semitic graffiti? Expert opinion is divided.

The hype

It was at this time that the panic was at its height and the notoriety of the murders was becoming truly international, appearing in newspapers from Europe to the Americas. Even at this early stage the newspapers were carrying theories as to the identity of the killer, including doctors, slaughterers, sailors, and lunatics of every description.

A popular image of the killer as a ‘shabby genteel’ man in dark clothing, slouch hat and carrying a shiny black bag was also beginning to gain currency. The press, especially the nascent tabloid papers, were having a field day. With no Whitechapel murders in October there was still plenty to write about. There were dozens of arrests of suspects “on suspicion” (usually followed by quick release); there was a police house to house search, handbills were circulated, and Vigilance Committee members and private detectives flooded the streets.

The discovery of a female torso in the cellars of the new police building under construction at Whitehall added to the air of horror on 2 October, 1888. The floodgates to a deluge of copy cat ‘Jack the Ripper’ letters were opened, and added to the problems of the police.

An unpleasant experience befell the Chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, builder George Lusk, on 16 October, 1888, when he received half a human kidney in a cardboard box through the post. With this gruesome object was a letter scrawled in a spidery band and addressed “from Hell …..” It finished. “signed Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk.” The writer claimed to have fried and ate the other half of the “kidne,” which was “very nise.” The shaken Lusk took both kidney and letter to the police. The police, and police surgeon felt it was probably a hoax by a medical student, although others believed it was part of Eddowes’ missing organ.

Inquests fuel press speculation

Popular and lengthy inquests were held by Coroner Wynne Baxter on the victims falling under his jurisdiction, which was the majority of them, and he fuelled the press coverage to fever pitch. He was not grudging in dishing out his criticism of witnesses. By the time the murders came to an end in 1891, the proprietors of the Working Lads’ Institute had had enough of the noisy, unruly, proceedings and informed Baxter that he could find a different venue for his next inquest.

The murder of Mary Kelly, in November 1888, was accompanied by mutilation of such ferocity that it beggared description, and, for once, left the press short of superlatives. The murder had been committed on the day of the investiture of the new Mayor of London and the celebrations were soon overshadowed by the news of the Ripper’s latest atrocity.

The Metropolitan Commissioner of Police, Sir Charles Warren, resigned at the time of the Kelly murder, after a long history of dispute with the Home Office, and was replaced by James Monro.

The panic subsides

After the Kelly murder, and many more abortive arrests, the panic began to die down a little and a more quiescent atmosphere began to reign. In early 1889 lnspector Abberline left, to take on other cases, and the inquiry was handed over to Inspector Henry Moore. His last extant report on the murders is dated 1896, when another ‘Jack the Ripper’ letter was received. There were brief flurries of press activity and wild suggestions that the ‘Ripper’ had returned on the occasions of the subsequent murders. However, Sadler was the last serious suspect arrested, and his seafaring activities obviated him from blame for the 1888 murders.

It will be seen from the foregoing that this is a mystery, when stripped of its fictional trappings, which provides all the raw material the imaginative writer or armchair detective could hope for. So popular is the subject that meticulous and scholarly research is carried out on the background of all the characters named in the story. Detailed plans are drawn and Victorian census returns and post office directories are consulted. The newspapers of the time are trawled for every scrap of information. Every minor detail revealed and added is hailed as a major triumph of research, sometims even justifying a book.

The files and other source material

New Scotland Yard have no files on the murders, nor details of the inquiry. The documents have been transfered over to the Public Record Office at Ruskin Avenue, Kew.

Metropolitan Police Office Record Document information
MEPO 1/48 Commissioner’s letters, confidential and private, 1867-91.
MEPO 1/54 Out Ietters, 1890-1919.
MEPO 1/55 Letters to Home Office etc., 1883-1904.
MEPO 1/65 Letters from Receiver to Home Office etc., 1868-91.
MEPO 2/227 Police reinforcements for Whitechapel after Pinchin St. murder 1891.
MEPO 31140 Files on each of the Whitechapel murders (that on Emma Smith missing).
MEPO 3/141 Whitechapel murders, miscellaneous correspondence and suspects.
MEPO 3/142 ‘Jack the Ripper’ letters.
MEPO 3/3153 Documents on the Whitechapel murders returned to Yard in 1987.
MEPO 3/3155 Photographs of Whitechapel Murder victims (original of Stride missing).
MEPO 3/3156 Copy of photograph of Elizabeth Stride

There is much material to be seen in these files though probably as much again is now missing, some as a result of petty pilfering and others were simply destroyed in past years.

Many books have been written on the subject, and they vary in quality. Some concern individual suspects, whilst others are aimed more for the student and researcher, and contain most of the facts available, thus avoiding expensive and time-consuming research.

However, the serious historian is directed to the primary Metropolitan Police (MEPO) sources listed above, as well as the Home Office files which are also available at the Record Office.

For recommended further reading:

  • ‘The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Source book’, by Stewart P Evans and Keith Skinner, published by Robinson, 2001.
  • ‘Jack the Ripper: The Facts’, by Paul Begg, published by Robson Books, 2004.
  • ‘The Jack the Ripper A-Z’ by Paul Begg, Martin Fido and Keith Skinner, published by Headline, 1996, with a new edition due to be published in 2007.

Keira Knightley – Waisted

I saw this photo of the beauteous, Keira Knightly.  She wore this optical illusion ensemble  at a Chanel fashion show.

It is pretty bizarre, don’t you think?

It reminds me of something from popular Filipino folklores called “manananggal”.  

 

Keira

Manananggal (Philippines)

Manananggal (Philippines)

A manananggal is usually a pretty woman who turns into a flying banshee at night to prey on pregnant women sucking  their fetus.  They also prey on sleeping people and suck their blood.

The manananggal can separate itself from its lower torso and fly and look for victims at night.  The only way to vanquish a manananggal is to look for its weak point which is its severed lower body.  You can sprinkle salt all over the top of the standing torso (please refer to the photo opposite), this will prevent the manananggal to  rejoin its lower half and would then die just after sunrise like a vampire.

BTW,  I love Keira Knightley. She is an excellent actress.

Peru’s UFO Probe Team Ressurected

It seems that Peru had no other choice but to resurrect the agency that look for UFO, whether to debunk or to investigate further.  Apparently the move to bring back the department was to research reports after reports of sightings made by the public.

A few days ago, sighting of something luminous hovering in the sky was reported.  The sightings continued for several days.

Wow, interesting.  I know someone you will be interested in a report like this.  He’s read so much about this topic.  He knows the story of Area 51 like the back of his hand.   I shall ask Peter his thoughts about these sightings. 😉

Peru air force brings back its UFO probe team

AFPBy AFP | AFP – Sat, Oct 19, 2013

A view of the the super star cluster Westerlund 1 from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory released on October 14, 2013

AFP/European Southern Observatory/AFP/File – A view of the the super star cluster Westerlund 1 from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory released on October 14, 2013

Peru’s air force has said it is reviving a department to research anomalous aerial phenomena — in other words, UFO sightings.

For people “who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise or concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information,” Colonel Julio Vucetich said in remarks published Saturday.

The Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, or DIFAA, will bring together sociologists, archaeologists and astronomers, as well as air force personnel, to analyze how often these events occur, where and what times, Vucetich said, according to the official Andina news agency.

DIFAA was first created in 2001, but it had been closed down five years ago due to administrative problems. Similar agencies exist in regional neighbors, including Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Peru’s office is now being reopened because of “increased sightings that are occurring in the country and that people are reporting to media,” Vucetich said.

According to media reports, residents of the town of Marabamba, in the central Andes, this week saw luminous objects in the sky over several days.

Alien Abduction in America

I am not talking about illegal immigrants taking American hostage.

images (1)It is far more terrifying, this aliens come farther afield from an upward direction, light-years away.

This is not the twilight zone, apparently 1 in 500 Americans claim that they had been abducted in a very “in your face” close encounter of the third kind.

Grey_AliensMind you the survey was done in 1998. Who knows what the figure is now? Maybe those who took the original survey have disappeared 😉

Apparently abductees have reported that prior to being ‘taken’ they experience the following:

  1. Waking paralysed and sensing a presence in the room.  (Apparently nothing to do with being inebriated and waking up in someone else’s room. LOL)
  2. Missing time. (Still not inebriated. LOL)
  3. feeling of flying. (still not very drunk and falling down the stairs)
  4. Seeing balls of lights (not due to hang-over?)
  5. Anomalous scars.  (not remembering falling down the stairs whilst inebriated. LOL)

Again, survey says that only about 2 per cent of abductees experience all of the above at the same time.

Betty & Barney Hill

Betty & Barney Hill

The most famous alien abductees were Betty and Barney Hill.  Their experience was  strange but compelling because during Betty’s hypnotherapy session, she was able to describe and draw a detailed map of Zeta Reticuli star system.  What was amazing was that it was six years before astronomers discovered it.

hmmmmmmm

ALIENS: OUT THERE


The ever increasing number of planets being discovered around other stars solar systems raises the probability that life and even possible other civilizations exist. Human Beings may not be the only beings in the vast universe surrounding us. In the 1960s, US astronomer Frank Drake devised a formula that calculated the number of probable alien civilizations advanced enough to send signals into space. With billions of stars scattered in the cosmos, it is only a matter of time before we discover planets capable of supporting life. Whether any the life on these planets would be sufficiently advanced to at least our current level or even above is another question. As our space probes and telescopes get more sophisticated, signs of life and even civilisations may be eventually detected. Like the ever expanding ripples of a stone thrown into water, our planet has been leaking radio/TV waves into space for over a hundred years. Possible other civilisations within 100+ light years of earth and at our same technological level also using radio telescopes would readily detect our artificially produced signals. Post 1800s industrialisation, our fragile earth’s atmosphere now contains non-natural elements mainly derived from pollution. Again other advanced civilisations would have the means to detect these anomalies as we too are also beginning to analyse the atmospheres of extra solar planets.

Written by
Peter Morton

‘No Aliens On Earth’ Says Senior Obama Official

It is official, no aliens here on Earth! Or is it?!!!

Are we being hoodwinked into believing that there are no aliens when I saw one in Sainsbury’s at the deli counter eating those freebie cheese cubes?!!! LOL

‘No Aliens On Earth’ Says Senior Obama Official

Sky News – Tue, Nov 8, 2011
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/no-aliens-earth-says-senior-obama-official-012017299.html

A senior White House official has insisted there is “no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth”.
And in a blow to millions of conspiracy theorists, the member of Barack Obama’s administration, also said there was no credible information to suggest evidence of alien life is being kept from the public.

The unusual comments were contained in a response by senior space policy and communications official Phil Larson to several petitions lodged on a White House website.

“The US government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race,” Mr Larson wrote.

“In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.
“Many scientists and mathematicians have … come to the conclusion that the odds are pretty high that somewhere among the trillions and trillions of stars in the universe there is a planet other than ours that is home to life.

“Many have also noted, however, that the odds of us making contact with any of them – especially any intelligent ones – are extremely small, given the distances involved.

“But that’s all statistics and speculation. The fact is we have no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth.”

The statement was issued in response to two petitions, which a total of 17,000 signatures, calling on the Government to disclose knowledge of extraterrestrial beings and contact with them.

The White House has started a new initiative called “We the People” by allowing people to submit petitions to their government and pledged to respond to some that get a significant following.

Gag-gak

Gag-gak of Marag

They are called yetis or abominable snowmen in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal and India; Bigfoot or sasquatch in North America but less known is that these hirsute, ape-like beings are called gag-gaks in a little barrio of Marag, Luna, Kalinga-Apayao, Philippines.

Marag is a valley surrounded by mountains, each one greener and more verdant than the next.

While living in the province people used to talk about the gag-gaks in hushed whispers.

We were staying at our farm when we started giggling and frightening one another about the gag-gak. My father stopped us at once and told us to respect it, at the same time we noticed that his eyes went to where his shotgun was safely put away. That look, more than his word, made us stop at once. When we asked him if there were gag-gaks in the mountains, he just nodded quickly and said no more about it.

My 16 year old cousin eloped, with her then boyfriend, to the mountains. The men of our barrio started to gather together to bring the love-birds back but they should have not bothered as a mere few hours later my cousin with her boyfriend came running back, breathless from their adventure. Apparently they went deep into the mountain. They saw piles of what looked like large portions of human wastes and then nearby was what looked like a man/ape who was extremely tall and muscular as well as being hairy all over. It dawned on them that they were looking at the mythical gag-gak. The being saw them but quickly vanished into the thick of the forest.

I tend to believe them because they did not really have a reason to lie afterall a few days later they tried to elope again but made sure not to go into the mountains. 😉