Jack the Ripper - a serial killer who killed by stabbing at least five women, three of whom were prostitutes.
Jack the Ripper is believed to have worked as a blade runner in London’s jewellery industry, and killed his victims in order to re-sell their valuables. However, never caught and today his killings are the subject of numerous books and films.
You’ve never heard of Jack the Ripper, you’re not alone. This notorious serial killer was active in London in 1888 and it’s been a century since, last spotted (some reports said he died in the late 1910s).
Importantly, one thing we do know about him... that he was well-dressed.
So who was this Jack, infamous phantom? A doctor? A lawyer? An immigrant?
Or a poor London woman with mental health issues?
The identity of Jack the Ripper has fascinated people for years.
Furthermore, this mystery reached its peak in the 1980s with the release of The Ripper Files, a television miniseries which claimed that Kenneth Leslie Kuttner - responsible for five murders attributed.
While this theory has its supporters, there are many who believe that his true identity remains unknown.
Who were Jack the Ripper’s victims?
The five canonical victims of Jack the Ripper were Mary Ann Nichols (found August 31, 1888), Annie Chapman (found September 8, 1888),
Elizabeth Stride (found September 30, 1888), Catherine Eddowes (also found September 30, 1888), and Mary Jane Kelly (found November 9, 1888).
All the victims were prostitutes. All of their corpses had been mutilated.
Serial killer active in the late 1880s and early 1890s in the Whitechapel district of London. Additionally, the crimes in this period occurred within ten square miles and stretched over several districts.
With each victim classifying as a prostitute or beggar, Jack’s attacks became more targeted and calculated as he got closer to catching by authorities.
He would use aliases, leaving little authenticity behind his name other than, “The Whitechapel Murderer”
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
- an electrifying exploration of the five women whose bodies finding on those dark, windy streets.
Situated firmly at the beginning of 19th-century London and the beginning of modern crime detection.
At middle-class dinner parties and in parlors up and down the country, respectable women could jest about prostitution but be ready to trust a husband’s reassuring assertion that no man would harm her body if he loved her.