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The 20 Coolest Unsolved Mysteries in History

By Becky Ferreira Sep 18, 2013

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Jack the Ripper's Identity

The unhinged brutality of the Whitechapel murders have horrified over a century of people. The killings continue to generate notoriety and puzzlement over the person who committed them, known only as Jack the Ripper. The unknown serial killer has inspired so much morbid fascination that there is a whole field devoted to him — "ripperology," no kidding. There are over 100 different theories about who dismembered those five London prostitutes, and the gruesome acts have inspired countless works of fiction. Whoever Jack the Ripper was, the dude was MESSED. UP.

Tags: history, slideshows, puzzles, mysteries, unsolved mysteries

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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