Who: Nobody knows, theories abound.
What: Serial killer who murdered at least five prostitutes.
Where: Whitechapel, London.
Why: Reasons unknown
When: 31st August – 9th November 1888, maybe later.
“Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk” – “Jack the Ripper”?
Jack the Ripper is the popular name for a serial killer who killed at least five prostitutes in Whitechapel, London in the ‘Autumn of Terror’ in 1888. Most people agree on five victims, but the large number of attacks against women in the area leads to uncertainty. The five canonical victims were: Mary Ann Nichols on August 31st, Annie Chapman on September 8th, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes on September 30th, and Mary Jane Kelly on November 9th. All five happened at night, on or close to a weekend, and all except Stride were mutilated in increasing severity, normally with a severed throat and removal of organs from the abdomen. Stride’s body escaped mutilation probably because the murderer was interrupted. The Ripper was never caught, and over a hundred theories exist analysing the case, with hundreds of suspects, including Lewis Carroll and Prince Albert Victor, eldest grandson of Queen Victoria and second in line to the throne.