In a previous article I have written at length about how the infamous murders committed in London’s East End by Jack the Ripper during the summer of 1888 were likely to have been inspired by shechita (i.e. the process for ritually slaughtering animals in Judaism). (1)

Since it is a common practice – and dare I say it routine - for jewish authors, (2) authorities (3) and their apologists (4) then as now to declare that Jack the Ripper cannot possibly have been jewish without ever actually making a case that actually goes beyond the axiom of the modern study of anti-Semitism: ‘Jews dindu nuffin’ .

The fact that we do not actually know who Jack the Ripper was doesn’t matter to such people and institutions. The point is that a jew cannot possibly be a serial killer and even if you can prove otherwise – as in the case of David Berkowitz – then jews will still ardently all but deny that he was. (5)

That we don’t know for sure who Jack the Ripper was would normally logically render such claims that he ‘couldn’t possibly’ be a jew into logical absurdity, but yet jews still continue to cling to this nonsensical position.

The fact is however that there are twelve very good reasons to believe that Jack the Ripper was indeed of jewish origin.

These are:

  1. The killings show distinct similarities of the jewish ritual practice of shechita and are likely to have been performed by someone very familiar with it. (6) As shechita is a ritual practice unique to Judaism that must be carried out by a religiously devout jew in order to be a valid then this indicates that the Ripper was almost certainly of jewish origin. This was also recognised at the time. (7)
  2. In 1888 at least thirty percent of the population of Whitechapel was jewish. (8) This therefore means that assuming –as many Ripperologists do – that the Ripper was a local man. (9) It follows that there is at least a 3/10 chance that the Ripper was of jewish origin as was noted by newspapers at the time. (10)
  3. There was significant friction between the jewish and non-jewish population of Whitechapel (11) and, considering that all the victims were not jewish, then there was a belief among the local population that a jew was responsible for the murders. (12)
  4. Buck’s Row – where Mary Ann Nichols, the Ripper’s first victim, was killed on 8th September 1888 – was next to a jewish cemetery. (13)
  5. Dutfield’s yard – where the Swedish-born Elizabeth Stride, the Ripper’s third victim, was killed on 30th September 1888 – was next to 40 Berner Street, which housed ‘International Working Mens Educational Club’ . (14) This, to quote Judith Flanders, was a ‘radical jewish organisation’ . (15)
  6. Israel Schwartz – the only man believed to have actually seen Jack the Ripper and a jew – identified an arrested suspect as Jack the Ripper at the London Police’s ‘Seaside Home’ station, but refused to testify against him in court. (16) The reason traditionally ascribed for this is because the Ripper was a fellow member of the jewish community (17) and this is supported by halakha – jewish religious law – which prescribes that religious jews not ‘inform’ on their fellow jews to non-jewish authorities on pain of death. (18)
  7. Sir Robert Anderson, Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police in 1888, stated in an article in 1910 in Blackwoods Magazine that the identity of Jack the Ripper was known and that he was a Polish jew. (19)
  8. Sir Melville Macnaughton, who was actively involved in the police investigation into the Whitechapel murders as Assistant Chief Constable (CID) of the Metropolitan Police from 1889-1891 named a Polish jew named Kosminski as one of his three chief suspects in the case. (20)
  9. Chief Inspector Donald Swanson, head of the Whitechapel Murders investigation, specifically wrote in his marginal note in his personal copy of Sir Robert Anderson’s 1910 memoirs ‘The Lighter Side of My Official Life’ that the Ripper was a jew named Kosminski. (21)
  10. Harry Cox, a former City of London Police Detective, revealed after his retirement in 1906 that the main suspect for the Ripper murders was jewish and that the jews realized who he was and then closed ranks to prevent him being prosecuted. (22)
  11. Robert Sagar, a former inspector in the City of London Police and who as a police sergeant had been closely involved in the 1888 Ripper investigation, revealed that the prime suspect had been jewish, discovered by his family/community and removed as quickly as convenient to a lunatic asylum, which prevented more ripper killings and caused them to stop. (23)
  12. Geoffrey Lushington, the Home Office Under-Secretary in 1888, is also on record as stating that the evidence suggested that Jack the Ripper was a jew. (24)

So, contrary to what jewish authors, authorities and apologists will have you believe, there is not only good reason to believe that Jack the Ripper was a jew, but it is extremely likely that this was the case.


  2. Russell Edwards, 2014, ‘Naming Jack the Ripper’ , 1st Edition, Sidgwick & Jackson: Basingstoke, pp.
  3. John Eddleston, 2010, ‘Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopaedia’ , 2nd Edition, Metro: London, pp. 170-171
  5. For example:
  7. Paul Harrison, 1991, ‘Jack the Ripper: The Mystery Solved’ , 1st Edition, Robert Hale: London, p. 144
  8. Ibid, p. 16
  9. For example see:
  10. Judith Flanders, 2011, ‘The Invention of Murder’ , 1st Edition, Harper Collins: London, pp. 441-442
  11. Edwards, Op. Cit., p. 28
  12. Ibid, pp. 55-56
  13. Ibid, p. 48
  14. Ibid, p. 73; Harrison, Op. Cit., p. 53
  15. Flanders, Op. Cit., p. 439; support by Edwards, Op. Cit., p. 73
  17. Edwards, Op. Cit., pp. 82, 255-256, 261
  18. Myer Lew, 1944, ‘The Jews of Poland: Their Political, Economic, Social and Communal Life in the Sixteenth Century as reflected in the Works of Rabbi Moses Isserls’ , 1st Edition, Edward Goldston: London, pp. 128-129
  19. Paul Begg, James Carnac, 2012, ‘The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper’ , 1st Edition, Bantam: London, p. 270
  20. Edwards, Op. Cit., pp. 221-222; Harrison, Op. Cit., p. 136
  21. Edwards, Op. Cit., p. 227; Harrison, Op. Cit., p. 137
  22. Edwards, Op. Cit., pp. 254-255
  23. Ibid, pp. 252-253
  24. Flanders, Op. Cit., p. 441