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Jack the Ripper

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Valerie Baquerizo

on 18 January 2015

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Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper has been so far the most famous serial killer in the world, he spread terror in London during the latest years of the 19th century.

London in 19th century
Between August and November 1888,the Whitechapel area of London was the scene of five brutal murders. The victims were five prostitutes and all but one were horribly mutilated. The mystery is that Jack the Ripper was never caught and we don't know for sure if he was the real murderer of the victims.
In this period of time, several women were attacked or murdered, because of this it was difficult to say in how many murders Jack the Ripper participated.
Between the years 1888 and 1891, 11 homicides were attributed to him, although they only were sure of five of these deaths.
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is still alive
His legend has endured through the years, and even now keeps scarring the English children.
There are many books about his murders, and so it is the most explored murdered in the criminal literature.
The canonical victims
We called them the canonical victims because all of them were killed more or less the same way.

In 1960, it was the symbol of the aristocracy's cruelty because it was always represented as a man with a top hat on his head and a cape.
In 2006, the magazine BBC History chose him as the most hated English man ever
Nowadays, there is a tour that goes over the places where the murders took place. One of these places is the pub called The Ten Bells where Mary Kelly used to go for a drink.
There are many theories about who Jack the Ripper could have been. Some say he must've been a surgeon because of the way he mutilated his victims, since he must've known about the human anatomy. All of victims' organs were taken away.
Another theory says perhaps he was american.
Scotland Yard was in charge of the investigation, and they came to the conclusion that the murderer was a polish man called Aroon Kosminski as DNA proof said so.
Nevertheless, it still remains a mystery.

Once again, we don't know the answer for sure, although we can guess the reasons.
He probably killed prostitutes because they would go to dark corners in the middle of the night with their clients, whereas normal people wouldn't. And plus, there would definitely be no witnesses. They were more vulnerable.
Another theory is, he was a high class man, which is why he hated prostitutes and instead of having sex with them, he killed them and took their vital organs. That also leads us to the theory that he was a surgeon or a butcher.

In the middle of the 19th century, the Irish people arrived to England. One of the place they live was East End of London. They coexist there with the Jewish from the east of Europe.
But the super population had several consequences in this sector of London. There were lot of people unemployed and homeless. An important part of the population lived in extremely poverty. There were problems with robbery, violence and alcoholism and the prostitution became very popular.
In 1888, the police of London reckoned, only in Whitechappel were 62 whorehouses and 1200 women worked there.
We have found information about a couple of witnesses who confirm having seen suspicious evidence.
A witness says he saw Annie Chapman at 5.30 am with a dark-haired man and ragged aspect, although he seemed nice.
Some people confirmed having seen Elizabeth Stride hour before her murder and offered different sides of view about the murderer's possible identity: some said he was blond, others said he was brunette, that he dressed in a ragged way and that he dressed classy.
All of these are very controversial.

A neighbour called Joseph Lawende said he was walking by at the scene of the crime with some friends few time before the crime was committed, and he testified having seen a blond ragged man with a woman who could've been Eddowes.

Nevertheless, his friends couldn't guarantee having seen the same .

Mary Anne Nichols
Mary Anne Nichols was the first canonical victim. She was found in Durward Street, in the early morning. She had two cuts on her throat and her abdomen was partially torn.
Annie Chapman
Annie Chapman, the second victim was found the next week, in front of a backyard in Hanbury Street. She also had a couple of cuts on her throat. But this time, her abdomen was completely torn. After an examination, they discovered that her uterus was removed.
Elizabeth Stride was found in Dutfield’s Yard. She died because of an incision on the left side of her neck that damaged the main artery. She had no wounds on the abdomen, so they thought that probably Jack was interrupted during the attack.
Elizabeth Stride
Catherine Eddowes
Mary Jane Kelly
45 minutes later, the police found the following corpse at Mittre Squar, it was Catherine Eddowes. Her throat was damaged, too, and she had a deep and extensive cut on her abdomen. Her left kidney was removed and she lacked most part of her uterus.
The last body, Mary Jane Kelly, was found on her bed in Miller’s Court. She had a deep wound on her throat and she had no organs in her abdomen, even the heart was removed.
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