Jack the Ripper finally identified with DNA evidence
Due to a lack of general interest in investigating this topic on the original thread (linked above), I have decided to create a new thread. You may post to it if you like.
In 1998, two FBI profilers named John Douglas and Roy Hazelwood appeared on a television program called The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper. Working independently, they assessed the four prime suspects in the Ripper serial killer murders and assigned the blame for the murders to Polish Jewish immigrant Aaron Kosminsky.
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I don't know the details of their investigation. However, the method of profiling serial killers can easily be found at various websites. Let's see what they have to say and then compare it to Patricia Cornwell's ID'ing of the serial killer as Walter Sickert.
In her book Portrait of a Serial Killer: Jack the Ripper (Case Closed), Ms. Cornwell has gone into depth regarding the life of Walter Sickert. Ms. Cornwell uses this as evidence to point to Sickert's guilt. But the most Ms. Cornwell proves is that Sickert may have been a sociopath. Sociopath or not, by using FBI profiling the evidence presented by Ms. Cornwell can be used to eliminate Sickert as a suspect.
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10. "According to the FBI’s statistics, the childhood homes of more than 70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse."
- Walter Sickert's father often frequented local pubs.
9. "It almost goes without saying that most serial killers were abused as children. According to the interviews and discussions that have been held with known serial killers, emotional abuse and neglect has been the form of abuse most of them (50%) suffered.They were humiliated often – and when parents meted out discipline, it was unfair, unpredictable, destructive and wicked."
- Walter's mother doted on him, much the same way that mothers of beauty pageant children dote on them. He was her beautiful, clever, darling little boy, and she would dress him in a Little Lord Fauntleroy outfit. Was this emotionally damaging? Perhaps, but not enough to produce a serial killer.
8. "Accessible research material tells us violent sexual events during childhood have serious adverse affects on an individual’s development. More than one known serial killer was forced to dress up as a girl as a form of punishment. The witnessing of violent sexual acts between family members and/or parents had some of the most damaging effects."
- I don't believe that being dressed up as Little Lord Fauntleroy by a doting mother, who perhaps projected too many of her needs upon the child, counts as being dressed up as a girl as punishment. And he is not known to have witnessed any violent sexual acts between family members.
7. "Even though bed-wetting in itself has been discredited as a predictor of later violent tendencies, it is speculated that it might be related to arson and animal cruelty in some way."
- Speculative, and bed-wetting was not reported in Cornwell's childhood biography of Sickert.
6. "Family members of future serial killers are usually out of step and at odds with each other. Their relationships are malfunctional [sic] and debilitating. These families also have a tendency to move around a lot, and the children are normally removed into shelters before they can turn 18."
- Sickert was from a normal middle-class family and was not isolated from family members. They did not move around a lot. The only noteworthy incident in Cornwell's bio states that Sickert was removed from boarding school because he found the schoolmistress to be 'intolerable.'
5. "Serial killers’ fantasies are often about control and violation. In fact, during research, it became evident that serial killers could remember NO positive fantasies they had as children. Some would fantasize about mutilating themselves or their genitals. They will even fantasize about their own traumas, over and over again – the difference being that in these fantasies they are the assailant."
- We don't know what Sickert's early fantasies may have been like. But his first amateurish attempts at art consisted of crude drawings, many of which are, according to Cornwell, "clearly the efforts of the tentative but gifted hand of someone learning to sketch street scenes, buildings, and figures."
4. "Most serial killers admitted that during their teenage years they avoided parties and other social events. They definitely never experimented as normal teenagers do with sexual activities among their peers, rather preferring masturbation and other auto-erotic activities such as pornography. In some cases there would be obsessive masturbation – as in the case of Andrei Chikatilo, who had awful scarring on his penis due to the aggression that accompanied his masturbation."
- In most ways, this actually describes Aaron Kozminski, the Polish-Jewish immigrant now believed via DNA evidence to be the real Jack the Ripper. And it doesn't describe Walter Sickert at all.
3. "From an early age, many serial killers are intensely interested in voyeurism and fetishism as well as other paraphilias. Many will start their deviancy as relatively harmless peeping-toms, before moving on to house-breaking, rape, and murder. Given that elements of bondage and dominance feature so strongly in most paraphilias, it is no surprise that this is often the route followed after adolescence. "
- Walter Sickert shows none of this in his life history.
2. "Almost all serial killers – in fact, 99% of them – admitted that they started by acting out their violent fantasies on animals before graduating to human beings."
- Is Walter Sickert in that 1% of serial killers who didn't start their 'careers' by practicing on animals? If Ms. Cornwell wishes to come to this forum and argue that he is in the 1% category, she is certainly free to do so.
1. "70% of serial killers received extensive head injuries as children or adolescents, clearly showing the link between these types of injuries and serial murder. Some researchers believe that the pre-frontal cortex (the area involved in planning and judgement) does not function properly in psychopaths."
- Ms. Cornwell mentions problems with a psychopath's "frontal lobe" - "Thoughts and situations that would give most of us pause, cause distress or fear, and inhibit cruel, violent, or illegal impulses don't register in the psychopath's frontal lobe." Did Cornwell mean to say "pre-frontal cortex"? We'll never know. But there is no evidence of any such brain injury in Walter Sickert.
Conclusion based on profiling - WALTER SICKERT WAS NOT JACK THE RIPPER.