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DNA evidence has uncovered the identity of Jack The Ripper, and it’s none of the romantic suspects – such as the Queen’s surgeon Sir William Gull, or artist Walter Sickert.

The most infamous serial killer in history has been identified as a relatively underwhelming Polish madman called Aaron Kosminski, who was committed to a mental asylum at the height of the Ripper hysteria.

Kosminski was actually a suspect at the time of the murders, even named by Chief Inspector Donald Swanson in notes the policemen made, but as the myth and legend of the murders grew over more than 125 years, so too did the list of more fanciful suspects.

The breakthrough came when a scientist, using cutting-edge technology, matched DNA evidence on a shawl found at one of the crime scenes with descendants of Kosminski.

Dr Jari Louhelainen, a Finnish expert in historic DNA, was brought in to study a shawl found with Catherine Eddowes, the second-last ‘confirmed’ victim of the Ripper, whose body was discovered in Mitre Square on September 30.

Dr Louhelainen is quoted as saying: ‘It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago.

‘Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.

‘The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.’


What Neighbors Had to Say About Jeffrey Dahmer:

He never looked you in the eye.  He always looked down.” - Henry Barnett

When I saw him, he always acted like a normal person … I used to hear him over there, talking to himself, cussing to himself, talking real loud, and I knew he didn’t have anyone over there.” - Pamela Bass

He was a little weird … kind of a square guy.” - Vernell Bass

He was just a quiet guy who kept to himself … He was kind of dirty and he’d walk through the alleys at all hours of the night.  I thought he was a little strange, but this goes beyond strange.” - Anonymous 

Just a normal white guy.” - Anita Lusk


From Hell

Letter by Jack the Ripper

A photograph of the letter written in 1888 by a person who claimed to be Jack the Ripper. The letter and a kidney were received by George Lusk.

From hell

Mr Lusk
I send you half the
Kidne I took from one women
prasarved it for you tother piece
I fried and ate it was very nise. I
may send you the bloody knif that
took it out if you only wate a whil

Catch me when
you Can
Mishter Lusk

The Murder

On June 23, 1984, Kirsten Costas was stabbed to death by her classmate, Bernadette Protti. Before that night, Bernadette (who was desperately trying to fit in with Kirsten and her “popular” friends) was hanging out with her close friend when she found out that there was a party that some older high-school boys were throwing. Since Bernadette’s friend’s sibling was invited, her friend automatically got an invite and decided to bring Bernadette to accompany her. Once Bernadette discovered this, she instantly thought of inviting Kirsten to the party so she rushed to the phone and called the Costas residence. When Mrs. Costas answered the phone, Bernadette told her that she was a “bobbie” (a school sorority that Kirsten was a part of). She also told her that the “bobbies” were throwing Kirsten a surprise dinner to celebrate her becoming a new member of the sorority and that Kirsten should be ready by 8:30 PM. Mrs. Costas didn’t know exactly who was going to pick her daughter up since Bernadette never left her name.

On June 23, a car horn honked outside the Costas residence. Kirsten rushed out to see who was behind this surprise dinner and discovers Bernadette behind the wheel. Kirsten asked her what was going on and finally realized that there was no surprise dinner. Bernadette tells her that she made the whole thing up but that the real surprise was even better. After Kirsten asks her repeatedly what the surprise was, Bernadette tells her that there was a party being thrown by an upperclassman. Accepting this answer, Kirsten gets in the car and they drive off. On the way, they stop in an empty parking lot so Kirsten can smoke some weed. Kirsten notices a butcher knife and asks about is, Bernadette tells her that her sister like to cut fruits and vegetables in the car. Kirsten accepts it and begins to ask more about this party. She learns that Bernadette wasn’t exactly invited and that they were going to walk into a party that they weren’t invited to. Bernadette tried to explain the situation but was cut off by Kirsten who was telling her to just take her home.

Bernadette was starting to become desperate and yelled at her, “No that would spoil everything!” in which Kirsten responds “There was never anything to spoil!” Bernadette’s last attempt to get Kirsten to stay was to plead with her. She asked Kirsten why she had to be so mean, Kirsten rolled her eyes in response. Then she told Kirsten that all she wanted to do was be her friend and how much she admired her and wanted to be like her. Kristen at this point was “weirded out” and told her that she was pathetic and was acting like she was in love with her. When Bernadette tried explaining herself, she was called a weirdo. Kirsten got out of the car and fled to the nearest house and knocked on the door. She was met by Alex and Mary Jane Arnold and asked them if she could use their phone to call for a ride because her friend had “gone weird on her”. Bernadette was in hysterics, she knew that she was going to be the laughing-stock of the school and that she needed to silence Kirsten before that happened.

Kirsten could not reach her parents on the phone so Mr. Arnold offered to drive her home. On the ride to drop her off, he noticed that a car was following them and asked Kirsten is everything was okay with her and her friend and Kirsten replied “Yeah, she’s just a little weird”. They pulled up to her home and Kirsten got out of the car and thanked Mr. Arnold. She made it to the front door but it was locked. She noticed Bernadette was walking towards her fast. Bernadette muttered to Kirsten, “I would have taken you home” and Kirsten replied “Go Away! You’re so weird!” Then Bernadette began to stab her and then ran off after the fifth stab. Mr. Arnold witnessed the incident and thought it was just a fist fight. He attempted to follow Bernadette’s car but was too late, she was long gone. Kirsten’s neighbor heard her screams and noticed her lying on the ground. They called the police and ran out to comfort Kirsten. An ambulance raced her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The knife had gone through a major artery.

The Aftermath

Investigators were at Miramonte High School the upcoming week. They questioned students and had many take lie detector tests; Bernadette was one of the chosen ones who took the test. The test came back inconclusive which didn’t point to guilt, but didn’t prove her innocence either. Bernadette’s alibi went unverified and Kirsten’s murder went unsolved for six months. Rumors and theories quickly spread throughout school and the students were pointing fingers, but none pointing to Bernadette. Many students harassed a girl who they believed was responsible for Kirsten’s murder. The student was labeled a ‘goth’ and Kirsten used to pick on her, so many assumed she freaked and murdered her in revenge. Bernadette lived her outward appearance as normal as possible, but inside she was overwhelmed with guilt. Six months later, Investigators went over all their evidence; they finally had a person-of-interest. Bernadette Protti.

 After attempting to confirm her alibi and rereading her lie detector test, investigators decided to give Bernadette another lie-detector-test which proved, in their mind, her guilt. They interrogated her in an attempt to gain a confession. After speaking with a FBI officer, Bernadette wrote her mother a letter in which she made a full confession. Bernadette claimed to have found the kitchen knife by chance and her older sister Gina testified in court that she used to have that knife in her car to cut her vegetables. Bernadette Protti was sentenced to a maximum of 9-years, but was released 7-years later on parole. She was released from prison in 1992 at the age of 23. 


Jodi Arias Interrogation - Jodi Arias murdered her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexader at his home in Mesa, Arizona on June 4, 2008. It was a savage crime; his body was found in his shower with over two dozen knife wounds and a gunshot wound to the head. Establishing Arias’s guilt was not difficult. Police discovered a digital camera in the washing machine with images of the two of them together. The last two pictures show Alexander in the shower and then lying on the bathroom floor covered in blood.

Arias was questioned on July 15 and 16, and footage of the interrogation reveals a woman with serious mental health issues. Over the course of the interviews, she acts in a bizarre fashion, singing, standing on her head, digging through the garbage, talking to herself, and stuffing paper down her pants. She reasons that “If I was going to ever try to kill somebody, I would use gloves. I have plenty of them.” And: “I had issues with Travis [but] I had worse issues with other people and they’re all still alive.”

Although some of her statements were revealed to the jury, they did not get to view the videos of Arias’s behavior. She was convicted of murder, and her first sentencing ended in a mistrial. She is scheduled to return to court in September 2014 to determine whether she will face death or life behind bars.


 5 weird things that happen after you die

1. Your cells burst open. The process in which the human body decomposes starts just minutes after death. When the heart stops beating, we experience algor mortis, or the “death chill,” when the temperature of the body falls about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit an hour until it reaches room temperature. Almost immediately, the blood becomes more acidic as carbon dioxide builds up. This causes cells to split open, emptying enzymes into the tissues, which start to digest themselves from within.

2. You turn white and purple. Gravity makes its mark on the human body in the first moments after death. While the rest of your body turns deathly pale, heavy red blood cells move to the parts of your body that are closest to the ground. This is because circulation has stopped. The results are purple splotches over your lower parts known as livor mortis. In fact, it is by studying the markings of livor mortis that the coroner can tell exactly what time you died.

3. Calcium makes your muscles contract. We’ve all heard of rigor mortis, in which a dead body becomes stiff and hard to move. Rigor mortis generally sets in about three to four hours after death, peaks at 12 hours, and dissipates after 48 hours. Why does it happen? There are pumps in the membranes of our muscle cells that regulate calcium. When the pumps stop working in death, calcium floods the cells, causing the muscles to contract and stiffen. Thus, there is rigor mortis.

4. Your organs will digest themselves. Putrefaction, or when our bodies start to look like extras in a zombie movie, follows rigor mortis. This phase is delayed by the embalming process, but eventually the body will succumb. Enzymes in the pancreas make the organ begin to digest itself. Microbes will tag-team these enzymes, turning the body green from the belly onwards. As Caroline Williams writes in NewScientist, “the main beneficiaries are among the 100 trillion bacteria that have spent their lives living in harmony with us in our guts.” As this bacterium breaks us down, it releases putrescine and cadaverine, which are the compounds which make the human body smell in death.

5. You may be covered in a wax. After putrefaction, decay moves quickly to turn the body into a skeleton. However, some bodies take an interesting turn on the way. If a body comes into contact with cold soil or water, it may develop adipocere, a fatty, waxy material formed from the bacteria breaking down tissue. Adipocere works as a natural preservative on the inner organs. It can mislead investigators into thinking a body died much sooner than it actually did, as was the case of a 300-year-old adipocere corpse recently found in Switzerland.

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