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April 30th marked 70 years to the day since Adolf Hitler is recorded by history to have met his infamous end; taking his own life in a Berlin bunker as the city lay in ruins around him, the war lost.
The image of a defeated, deflated Hitler confined to his Fuhrer-bunker for the final weeks of the war, declining in health, losing his grip on reality and struggling to comprehend the Nazis’ crushing defeat and the loss of Berlin, is one of those evocative, palpable moments in history that is deeply established in the collective consciousness. Any book on Hitler’s life you might read, it is invariably these final stages that are the most compulsive, the most compelling.
“Jack the Ripper Mystery Solved” is the headline that’s been plastered all over newspapers and the Internet in the last three days as North London ‘armchair detective’ Russell Edwards claims to have uncovered the identity of the legendary Whitechapel murderer.
However, his isn’t the only Jack the Ripper hypothesis to have been forwarded in the last few weeks, though you wouldn’t know that given the enormous amount of coverage Edwards’s theory has received.
More on that shortly. But firstly a more important mystery; is this picture below the proof conspiracy theorists have sought for so long that Adolf Hitler did not die in that Berlin bunker in 1945 but in fact lived well into old age halfway across the world?
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