The name ‘Jack the Ripper’ has become the most infamous in the annals of murder. Yet, the amazing fact is that his identity remains unproven til today. In the years 1888-1891 the name was regarded with terror by the residents of London’s East End, and was known the world over. So shrouded in myth and mystery is this story that the facts are hard to identify at this remove in time.
The Whitechapel murders were committed in and around the poor slums of the Whitechapel District in the East End of London between 3rd April 1888 and 13th February 1891. Eleven women were killed; the crimes remain unsolved. Some of the victims have been attributed to the notorious, unidentified serial killer who would become known as Jack the Ripper.
Over the last century the regarded number of victims attributed to Jack the Ripper totals five with experts divided on whether this figure should be higher or lower. They have become known as the Canonical five. Most, if not all, the murdered women were prostitutes.