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Does the History of Jack the Ripper Lead Us to Discovering He was Really Jane the Ripper?

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Several years ago, I stumbled on the theory that Jack the Ripper could have been a woman. As history goes, Inspector Frederick Abberline briefly considered a midwife as the killer. There’s no evidence Abberline seriously pursued this theory, and most Ripperologists dismiss the idea since little to no trace or forensic evidence pointed to a woman as the killer. But the seed was planted, growing like a stubborn dandelion in an otherwise perfectly manicured lawn. In 1939, William Stewart published Jack the Ripper: A New Theory. Stewart focused on four key questions: What sort of person could move about late at night without raising suspicion in their own household or on the streets? Who could walk the streets in blood…

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