Mystery Killer in London

By Claire Pfohl

Thursday, April 30 2015

Killer of 1888

Do you know who the famous killer of 1888 was? In 1888 Jack the Ripper created the "greatest mystery of all time," because no one knew who he was. They suspected three men who might have been Jack the Ripper. They were Aaron Kominski, Francis Tumlety, and Montague John Druitt. Also, suspected unmarried white men between 28 and 36 who didn’t look "out of the ordinary." He killed five prostitutes through August to November. Unlit alleys and when you're drunk created dangerous conditions for prostitutes.

The killings started on August 31, 1888 with a middle aged prostitute, Mary Ann Nicols. She was stabbed twice and had a slash on her throat. On September 8, forty seven year old Annie Chapman had a slash on her throat and body parts were removed. Forty five year old Elizabeth Stride, and middle aged Catherine Eddowes were slashed in the throat. Eddowes had her face, stomach, and pelvis slashed also. The last murder was Mary Jane Kelly. Her heart, thighs, and nose were removed.

Why did he kill prostitutes is the real question? People described him as a "loner and domination, cruelty, and mutilation of women." Also, like his mother "he drank heavily and enjoyed company of many men." Before he became a killer, he expressed his emotions by "setting fires and torturing small animals." The case about Jack the Ripper was closed in 1892. No one knows when he died or if he even did..

Where Jack the Ripper Committed his Murders

Where did Jack the Ripper commit his murders? The five murders were located close by the White Chapel in London. They were blocks away from the White Chapel. At 3:45 a.m. police found the body of Mary Ann Nicols. She was killed on the street Buck's Row. Next, Annie Chapman's body was found at 6:00 a.m. on 29 Hanbury Street. Berner Street or Duffield's yard is where police found Elizabeth Stride at 1:00 a.m. Then at 1:45 a.m. on Mitre Street Catherine was found. Mary Jane Kelly was found at 10:45 a.m. on 13 Millers Court.

The White Chapel is located on the eastern end of White Chapel High Street. It was taken down in 1673. Then rebuilt in 1830. It was also called the St. Mary Matfel. The Chapel was dedicated and named St. Mary and it was destroyed in World War II.

The White Chapel today is a ethnic melting pot with a large Bangladeshi community around the Brick Lane. In the 16th century many breweries, tanneries, founderies, and the slaughterhouses were by the White Chapel. The Chapel has to do with the murders because Jack the Ripper was often by the White Chapel in London in 1888. Also no one knows where his body is or he is.

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Jack the Ripper Tour

Wednesday, April 29th, 7:30pm

London, United Kingdom


The tour is open seven days a week and it is at least 1 hour and 45 minutes. From Exit 3 of Aldgate East Station.