Who Is Jack The Ripper?

Jack the Ripper is known as the world's most infamous and unknown serial killer. In 1888 this individual took the life of five prostitutes.

During the fall of 1888 an unknown serial killer went on a killing spree taking the lives of five prostitutes. These murders took place in East End London, an area where the crime rate was very high. The person became known as "Jack the Ripper" after sending an anonymous letter to a news agency, using this alias as a signature. The killer was never caught or identified.

The first known victim was Mary Ann Nichols, killed on August 31, 1888. Miss Nichols was found with her throat slit and abdominal area mutilated. The second of the victims was Annie Chapman found in the same manner but more severe, on September 8. September 30 marked the deaths of two victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Miss Stride was considered to have been the least gruesome, found with only her throat slit open. Miss Eddowes on the other hand, was one of the more severe; found severely mutilated having been removed of some of her organs. The most gruesome of the murders was the one considered to have been the last. A woman who is believed to have been Mary Jane Kelley was found on November 9. This victim was severly mutilated over the entirety of her body, and was not easy to identify.

Although other women were also murdered during the time frame of this killing spree, they weren't believed to have been victims of Jack the Ripper. There had even been speculations as to whether or not all of these five women were actually slain by the same hand. Without any scientific proof, investigators were unable to determine otherwise.



There are many theories about these murders and the identity of Jack the Ripper. However, due to lack of technology in the forensics department during the 1880's nothing could be proven. It is quite possible that there may have been more victims, and also possible that the five women who were claimed to be victims may not have all been slain by this man.

Now more than 100 years later these events are still widely recognized. Although never identified, Jack the Ripper remains the most infamous serial killer ever known.

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