This Week In History News, Mar. 17 – 23

Published March 22, 2019

Jack the Ripper possibly unmasked, theory about religion's role in human development debunked, Hitler's goddaughter laid to rest.

Jack The Ripper Possibly Identified By DNA Tests As Polish Barber Aaron Kosminski

Jack The Ripper Illustration

Wikimedia CommonsCould Aaron Kosminski, a Polish barber, be responsible for the horrific crimes depicted here in 1888’s The Police Gazette?

Jack the Ripper’s notorious legacy as the Victorian Era’s most infamous serial killer has captivated people for generations. His anonymous identity has certainly lent to his mystique, but a new study using DNA analysis claims to have just put a swift end to that.

Published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the study claims to have identified that the man responsible for the gruesome murders of at least five female sex workers in 1888’s London may actually have been a 23-year-old Polish barber named Aaron Kosminski.

Early Humans Didn’t Need Religion To Build Complex Societies, Study Claims

Sphinx And Pyramid Of Giza

PixabayThe Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Philosophers of religion, historians, and social theorists have long argued that early humans — and their significant transition from small tribes to cities of more than a million people about 12,000 years ago — required having faith in “moralizing gods” in order to come together and construct those expansive, functioning societies.

Without one or more deities supposedly either rewarding or punishing the people, this theory argued, nothing would get done. Humans would’ve remained as hunter-gatherers, unable to unify without this religious framework.

According to a new study, however, social cohesion and productive cooperation occurred centuries before the advent of religious order.

Dig deeper in this report.

Hermann Göring’s Daughter And Hitler’s Goddaughter, Edda Göring, Dies At 80 Years Old

Adolf Hitler With Edda Goering And Hermann Goering

Ullstein Bild/Getty ImagesAdolf Hitler, Emmy and Hermann Göring at Edda’s baptism in Carinhall. Nov. 4, 1938.

Daughter of high-ranking Nazi military leader Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler’s goddaughter, Edda Göring, has died at the age of 80. According to The New York Times, the famously unrepentant woman has been buried in an unmarked grave.

Edda Göring, daughter to the Führer’s closest ally, garnered national fame almost immediately after she was born when Hitler himself accepted the position of her godfather.

Discover more about Edda Göring here.

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