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.

Emma Smith | 3rd April 1888 | Osborn Street
Martha Tabram | 7th August 1888 | George Yard Bulidings
Mary Ann Nichols (First canonical murder) | 31st August 1888 | Buck’s Row
Annie Chapman (Second canonical murder) | 8th September 1888 | Hanbury Street
Elizabeth Stride (Third canonical murder) | 30th September 1888 | Dutfields Yard, Berner Street
Catherine Eddowes (Fourth Canonical murder) | 30th September 1888 | Mitre Square
Mary Jane Kelly (Fifth Canonical murder) | 9th November 1888 | 13 Millers Court, Dorset Street
Rose Mylett | 20th December 1888 | Clarke’s Yard, Poplar High Street
Alice Mckenzie | 17th July 1889 | Castle Alley
Unidentified woman | 8th September 1889 | Pinchin Street
Frances Coles | 13th February 1891 | Swallow Gardens, Chamber Street