Rizal - Man of Mystery

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Rizal: Man of Mystery
Posted on: June 21, 2011
By: Knox Balbastro, musamanila.blogspot.com
Rizal was really Jack the Ripper.
Jack the Ripper is polled as Great Britain’s most evil person on BBC History Magazine. His hatred for women and savage killing of at least 5 prostitutes is a tale of horror still talked about today. His case was never solved thus his identity is one of the world’s great mysteries. How is this related to Rizal? Our national hero Jose Rizal was in London during the killings from May 1888 to January 1889. He was copying a book, “the Sucesos de las islas Filipinas” staying in the library for the whole day. But not much is known of his whereabouts at night. Other than his mere presence in London, the killings link to Rizal because he was a doctor. Skilled with the surgical knife, he even performed on his mother’s eye. Jack the Ripper’s victims were brutalized with strategic cuts on the neck and incisions that took out the uterus from the abdomen. In his many letters sent back home, not once did he mention the killings - undoubtedly the biggest news of that time. When Rizal departed from London in 1889, the killings stopped. In 1986, the present day owners of the house Rizal stayed in reported finding preserved human innards and a confession letter from Rizal. Most obvious of all, the links is that Jack the Ripper and Jose Rizal shared the same initials.

Illustration depicting how Jack the Ripper cut his victim

Reflection
I was really shock and horrified while reading this article. I never ever thought that Dr. Jose Rizal our national hero would be a murderer. About the story of Jack the Ripper, I already saw a part of it but in anime form from the anime Black Butler because I am really an anime lover, but I really thought that it’s just a story, not real. That’s why I’m really surprise when I had read the article. I was almost convince by the evidences presented though, as well as the letters by Jack the Ripper...
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