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  • Was JTR's father responsible for his becoming a serial killer?

    Could the Ripper's father have influenced him to become a serial killer? The prisons today are full of men who had either no male role model or a bad one when growing up; why should Jack the Ripper have been any different?
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    YES - the old man was a regular whoremonger, and often made young jacky watch when drunk.
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    YES - and he abandoned his family to take up with his own Mary Kelly, thus having a bad influence on young Jacky.
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    YES - like Peter Kurten's father, he would rape and beat his wife in front of his children.
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    YES - he was a psychopathic alcoholic himself.
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    YES - he was no good, but had a business where Jack learned how to wield a knife.
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    YES - he himself was a criminal who would murder without hesitation.
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    NO - he was a good man who deserved better.
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    NO - he died when Jacky was just a baby or young child.
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    NO - he had actually tried "tough love" on him to make him change.
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    NO - he spent most of his life in prison after Jack was born.
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    Although I believe it could conceivably affect Jack's life and life perceptions, I don't see it being the root cause of his deciding to take the actions he took. Whatever role, or lack thereof, Jack's father played in his formative years, even if that influence was detrimental, it nonethelss wouldn't affect Jacks's sense of "free will" to do either right or wrong. Sometimes, even the worst example set by a parent can be beneficial to the child, because they see how NOT to be.

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