Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders

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The Non-Canonical Victims - Part 2 Martha Tabram Martha Tabram is the non-canonical victim that most divides the Ripperology community. Her death, coming just before the start of the Autumn of Terror, the location relative to the later crimes and the sheer ferocity of her death make her (in the eyes of some) a possible [...]

Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders

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The Non-Canonicals: Emma Smith On the 6th April 1888, the Metropolitan Police were informed of an inquest that was to be held the following day into the murder of Emma Elizabeth Smith, who had died in the London hospital two days previously. This death would be the first of the notorious Whitechapel Murders, that six [...]

Catherine Eddowes: The Last 24 Hours

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In the months prior to her death, Catherine Eddowes (the fourth canonical victim of Jack the Ripper) had been hop picking in Kent with John Kelly. They returned to London on Friday September 28th, where Kelly went to Cooney’s Lodging House and Kate checked into the Casual Ward on Shoe Lane (where she had been [...]

Suspect Watch: George Chapman

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“You’ve got Jack the Ripper at last!” These were the words supposedly said by former Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, the man in charge of the Ripper case, to his former colleague Inspector Godley on the arrest of Seweryn Klosowski (aka George Chapman) in 1902. But who was this despicable murderer whom Abberline felt was Jack? [...]

Inspector Frederick Abberline: The man who hunted Jack the Ripper

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On the 31st August 1888, following the murder of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols in Bucks Row, Scotland Yard seconded an experienced officer to J Division, Bethnal Green to lead the ground investigation into the Whitechapel Murders. Just over a week later, after the murder of Annie Chapman in Hanbury Street he would also be seconded [...]

The Diary of Jack the Ripper

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What would it take to convince you of someone being Jack the Ripper? How about a signed and detailed confession? That’s exactly what the world was presented with in 1992, but was there more to the Diary of Jack the Ripper than met the eye? In 1992 Michael Barrett, a Liverpool scrap metal dealer, presented [...]

Thames Torso Murders

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While Jack the Ripper was committing his evil acts in Whitechapel during the Autumn of 1888 another serial killer was also at work in London (and one of these killings is listed as one of the twelve murders in the Whitechapel Murder file alongside the five killings of Jack the Ripper). It began in May [...]

Police Profiles: Inspector Edmund Reid

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In honour of the recent conclusion of the third series of Ripper Street on Amazon Instant Video in the UK (to be broadcast on digital television later this year) for our first Police Profile on Inspector Edmund Reid (portrayed in the television series by Matthew McFadden). Reid was an actual police officer with H Division [...]

Suspect Watch: James Kelly

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On the 23rd of January 1888 James Kelly escapes from Broadmoor Asylum, Berkshire England. In 1883 Kelly had been certified insane and committed for murdering his wife. It was not until 1927 that Kelly was recaptured - after inexplicably turning himself in to the asylum. His movements for the 29 years he was at large [...]

Jack the Ripper Facts & Myths

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There are many myths about the Jack the Ripper case, so these facts will hopefully debunk them. Jack the Ripper wrote letters to taunt the police Whenever a serial killers writes letters to taunt the police it is inevitable mentioned that Jack the Ripper did this and it is often theorised that they may have [...]