Who was the ripper? What was his purpose? How did he choose his victims? Was it their lack of luck, or were they a victim of a plot?
The mistery still buffles historians and criminologists.
Jack the Ripperis a pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer active in the Whitechapel area and adjacent districts of London, England, in late 1888.
Jack the Ripper Victims
Mary Ann Nichols (nicknamed “Polly”) was killed on Friday 31 August 1888.
Annie Chapman (née Smith; nicknamed “Dark Annie”) was killed on Saturday 8 September 1888.
Elizabeth Stride (nicknamed “Long Liz”) was killed on Sunday 30 September 1888.
Catherine Eddowes (also known as “Kate Conway”, “Kate Kelly” and “Mary Ann Kelly”, from the surnames of her two “common-law husbands”, Thomas Conway and John Kelly) was killed on Sunday 30 September 1888.
Mary Jane Kelly (also known as “Marie Jeanette Kelly”; nicknamed “Ginger”) was killed on Friday 9 November 1888.
Jack the Ripper Suspects
Montague John Druitt
William Henry Bury
Thomas Neill Cream
Thomas Hayne Cutbush
Frederick Bailey Deeming
Robert Donston Stephenson
William Withey Gull
James Kenneth Stephen
Prince Albert Victor
Sir John Williams
In Popular Culture
Jack the Ripper features in hundreds of works of fiction and non-fiction. Below is only a portion of the list.
Novel and Short Stories
– The Lodger, 1913, by Marie Belloc Lowndes
– Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, 1943, by Robert Bloch
– Time After Time, 1979, by Karl Alexander
– The Shroud of the Thwacker, 2006, by Chris Elliott
– Ripper, 1994, by Michael Slade
– The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, 1979, by Michael Dibdin
– The Graveyard Book, 2008, by Neil Gaiman
– The Complete History of Jack the Ripper, 2002, by Philip Sugden
– Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed, 2002, by Patricia Cornwell