Jack the Ripper - The Whitechapel Murders



Known as one of the most infamous killers in history, Jack the Ripper carried out 5 sadistic murders in the Londons East End Whitechapel in the space of four months in 1888.

His victims were all prostitutes, their throats cut and their bodies mutilated.  The muders seemed as most usually are, sexually motivated.

Jack the Ripper frustrated Scotland Yard, as they had little to no clues to the killers identity.  One thing that was obvious was that the killer was familiar with East End streets.

At the time of the murders letters were sent to the police and media claiming to be that from the Ripper.  One such letter was sent to George Lusk, attached was half a kidney, the writer said 'I send you half the kidne I took from one woman.  Tother piece I fried and ate'.

The Ripper struck two times on the 30 September, killing Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, unusually Stride was not mutilated suggesting the Ripper had been interrupted.  On a building near the crime scene someone had wrote - 'The juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing'.  But this was wiped clean on order of the police commisioner.

The last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, was the only one to be mutilated indoors.  After the death of Kelly, the murders suddenly stopped.

No one is nearer to finding the identity of Jack the Ripper.  Such suspects include known killers George Chapman, Neil Cream and Frederick Bailey Deeming.  Other theories suggest midwifes, Freemasons, Royalty, plus ranks of other suspects.



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