Jack the Ripper


Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper

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
George Chapman
Aaron Kosminski
Michael Ostrog
John Pizer
Francis Tumblety
William Henry Bury
Thomas Neill Cream
Thomas Hayne Cutbush
Frederick Bailey Deeming
Carl Feigenbaum
Robert Donston Stephenson
Joseph Barnett
Lewis Carroll
David Cohen
William Withey Gull
George Hutchinson
James Kelly
Richard Mansfield
James Maybrick
Alexander Pedachenko
Walter Sickert
Joseph Silver
James Kenneth Stephen
Francis Thompson
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

Non-Fiction Books

The Complete History of Jack the Ripper, 2002, by Philip Sugden
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed, 2002, by Patricia Cornwell


From Hell, 2001
Ripper, 2001
Jack the Ripper, 1979