This Week In History News, August 6 – August 12

Jack The Ripper Identified? Diary Containing Confessions Proven Authentic, New Research Claims

James Maybrick Jack The Ripper

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For the last 120 years, his crimes have endured as some of the most grisly in the history of serial killing, and his identity has remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of its time.

But now, thanks to groundbreaking new research, Jack the Ripper’s identity may be a mystery no more.

Author Robert Smith is set to publish a new book, 25 Years of The Diary of Jack the Ripper: The True Facts, in which he claims to have verified the authenticity of a document containing one man’s confession to being Jack the Ripper.

Dig deeper here.

Jimmy Hoffa Mystery Finally Solved, Criminologist Claims

Jimmy Hoffa

Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesJimmy Hoffa at the Teamster’s Union Convention in Florida. October 1957.

The mystery of what happened to union leader Jimmy Hoffa has baffled the public ever since his disappearance from a Michigan parking lot 42 years ago.

Now, CBS Detroit reports that James Buccellato, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northern Arizona University, has a new theory that Hoffa was murdered at a home in Bloomfield Hills near where he disappeared on July 30, 1975.

See what may have happened next here.

The New Biggest Dinosaur Ever Has Been Found And It’s 10 Times Larger Than A T-Rex

Worlds Largest Dinosaur

G. Lio/PAPatagotitan Mayorum

Aureliano Hernandez — an Argentinian shepherd — saw a bone sticking out from under a rock in 2013.

Paleontologists were contacted, but Hernandez passed away before they had a chance to make it out to the farm where he worked.

Aureliano would never know, then, that his discovery was actually the thigh bone of the largest dinosaur ever uncovered.

Read more here.

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