Jack the Ripper
The World's Most Famous Unknown Killer
Who Is Jack the Ripper?
A Royal Conspiracy?
In the late 1800s, London's East End was a place that was viewed by citizens with either compassion or utter contempt. Despite being an area where skilled immigrants, mainly Jews and Russians, came to start a new life and start businesses, the district was notorious for squalor, violence and crime. Prostitution was only illegal if the practice caused a public disturbance, and thousands of brothels and low-rent lodging houses provided sexual services during the late 19th century. At that time, the death or murder of a working girl was rarely reported in the press or discussed within polite society. The reality was that "ladies of the night" were subject to physical attacks, which sometimes resulted in death. Among these common violent crimes was the attack of English prostitute Emma Smith, who was beaten and raped with an object by four men. Smith, who later died of peritonitis, is remembered as one of many unfortunate female victims who were killed by gangs demanding protection money.
However, the series of killings that began in August 1888 stood out from other violent crime of the time: They were marked by sadistic butchery, suggesting a mind more sociopathic and hateful than most citizens could comprehend. Jack the Ripper didn't just snuff out life with a knife, he mutilated and humiliated women, and his crimes seemed to portray an abhorrance for the entire female gender.
A Ripper Myth
It's been said that Jack the Ripper did his murders when no one was around and would slip away. That's not true; he actually left clues behind so the police would discover him. Gotta love a good dose of irony.
The Three Top Suspects
A Newspaper Printed About Jack
What He Did
Adding to the mystery of the affair is the fact that several letters were sent by the killer to the London Metropolitan Police Service, also known as the Scotland Yard, taunting officers about his gruesome activities and speculating on murders to come. Various theories about Jack the Ripper's identity have been produced over the past several decades, which include claims accusing the famous Victorian painter Walter Sickert, a Polish migrant and even the grandson of Queen Victoria.
Jack the Ripper: Discovered?
Random Fun Facts About the Case
- At the time the Ripper was slitting the throat of his first victim, Commissioner Warren was vacationing in France.
- Also, on the day the killer claimed his second victim, Warren's assistant commissioner, Robert Anderson, left to convalesce in Europe and did not return until after the Ripper had murdered and horribly mutilated his fourth of five female victims, all impoverished prostitutes.
- One of the greatest blunders of the case was Commissioner Warren's erasure of what was probably the Ripper's handwriting on a passage wall. Thus went unphotographed the sole handwriting example that might have determined the genuineness of letters in police possession purporting to be from the killer.
- Mary Jane Kelley, his final victim, was the only one murdered indoors. She was disemboweled inside of her room
- Jack the Ripper allegedly sent half a kidney through the Lusk letter (more widely known as the "From Hell" letter) saying "I send you half the kidney I took from one women preserved it for you the other piece I fried and ate it was very nice."
- With what was observed from all the five murders attributed to Jack the Ripper, it is clear that he suffered from incurable mental disorders. Although psychologists cannot claim anything about a man they never met, they still assume that he hated women and thought them lowly, and worthless. The extent of this hatred was beyond limits and this is the reason why he distorted their faces in an effort to destroy their identities.