Greetings, Persephoneers. We have a varied roundup of news stories this week, but still quite a bit about police misconduct. Let’s get started, and we’ll end on an up-note, I promise.
Imagine my initial surprise and delight this weekend when I saw the headline that Jack the Ripper had been identified as Aaron Kosminski from DNA gathered left on a shawl belonging to Catherine Eddowes. Then I read the article and saw the source of the news: The Daily Mail, which, okay, maybe, but then the claim started to look bad when it was mentioned that, oh, yeah, Russell Edwards, the current owner of the shawl, has a book coming out this week called Naming Jack the Ripper. Read More Catherine Eddowes, Aaron Kosminiski, and the Question of a Shawl
And now for all the non-Hobby Lobby misogyny news for those of us who are completely sick of hearing about how awful it all is. Not that these stories aren’t awful too! Heaven forbid. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: The Other Shit