Monday, September 25, 2006


Considered to be the first modern day serial killer. Jack murdered five women (all prostitutes) in the Whitechapel slum of London’s East End in 1888. He (or she) was one of the first killers to contact the press after his killings. And he was never caught.

August 31. The body of Mary Ann “Polly” Nicols, 42, was discovered on a street called Bucks Row. Throat slit and stomach cut open.

September 8. “Dark Annie” Chapman, 47, found in passageway behind residence on Hanbury Street. Head nearly severed from body and midsection opened wide. Intestines placed on shoulder. Part of vagina and bladder removed and taken.

September 28. Central News Agency receives a letter threatening more killings. It is signed “Jack the Ripper.”

September 30. The body of “Long Liz” Stride, age unknown, is found at 1AM on Berner Street. Blood is still pulsing from her slashed throat. It is believed Jack was disturbed during his attack.

Forty-five minutes later, a short walk from the Stride murder, the body of Catherine Eddows, 43, is discovered in an alley between Mitre Square and Duke Street. Throat slashed and midsection cut open. Intestines placed over right shoulder. Part of nose and right ear cut off. Uterus and left kidney were removed.

Central News Agency receives second letter. Jack apologizes for not sending the police the ears of his victim as he intended.

November 9. The first four victims were all murdered outdoors. The fifth and, many believe, final victim, Mary Jeanette Kelly, 25, is found inside her room at Millers Court. Her throat had been severed. Her body skinned and gutted. Her nose, breasts, and heart placed on a table. Her intestines draped over a picture.

There are 13 other murdered women who some historians believe were also victims of Jack the Ripper. Those killings were from 1887 to 1891.

It is generally believed however that the killings stopped after Kelly. But why? Was Kelly the person Jack was looking for? Was Jack arrested or committed for other acts? Did Jack die – by natural causes or suicide?

It is generally accepted that Jack was male but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of the Sherlock Holmes stories) suggested Jack was actually a Jill – a crazed midwife. Maybe, maybe not.
We may never know.

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