Jack the Ripper in Jersey City?

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Many researchers believe that Severin Antoniovich Klosowski (AKA George Chapman) was Jack the Ripper. The five confirmed Ripper murders took place in 1888. Scotland Yard investigated similar London crimes in 1889 and early 1891.

In 1891, Klosowski emigrated to the United States, moving to Jersey City where he operated a barber shop. Here his wife, Lucy Baderski, claimed that Severin assaulted her. He “held her down on the bed, and pressed his face against her mouth to keep her from screaming. At that moment a customer entered the shop immediately in front of the room, and Klosowski got up to attend him. Lucy chanced to see a handle protruding from underneath the pillow. She found to her horror that it was a sharp and formidable knife, which she promptly hid. Later, Klosowski deliberately told her that he meant to have cut her head off, and pointed to a place in the room where he meant to have buried her.”

On April 24, 1891, Carrie Brown, a New York City prostitute was found dead in a waterfront hotel. The New York Times headline called it “A MURDER LIKE ONE OF JACK THE RIPPER’S DEEDS.” The Times article reported that a New York City Detective had “. . . said that it would be impossible for crimes such as Jack the Ripper committed in London to occur in New York and the murderer not be found.”

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