Jack the Ripper is one of the most well-known serial killers of the ages. Although everyone knows the name, “Jack the Ripper,” nobody really knows of his true identity. When the murder victims were found the press and the detectives could never put a name with the crime.
Jack the Ripper is a mythic figure comparable with Frankenstein and Dracula. The Rippers first three murdered whores, in 1888, were believed to be by the same person. These murdered victims all seemed to occur around the Parish Church of Saint Mary, also called “the White Chapel.” (Fido…1)
“Jack the Ripper,” was the name given to an unidentified serial killer in the White Chapel district of London in 1888. The name came from a letter left at the crime scene, written by someone claiming to be the killer. The letter was believed to be a joke and thought to be written by a reporter in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the investigation.
It was said that Jack the Ripper would leave letters exclaiming him as the murderer. Sometimes the letters were put in poetic form, while others exclaimed in detail what he had done. The letters were neatly crafted and found pleasantly disturbing, but no one knew who they were from. Investigators and many others thought the reason for these letters was to scare or even play with the emotions of the victim’s family and friends. It is said that all the murders had a letter teasing the officers into outrage. (Fido…10)
One of the most famous letters, was the “From Hell,” letter. This letter was received by George Lusk of the White Chapel vigilance committee. The letter included half of a preserved kidney which Jack the Ripper had taken from one of his victims. (“Jack … i)
Jack’s main victims were typically female prostitutes from the slums whose throats were cut before abdominal mutilation. Investigators thought the reason for this was because nobody would really miss them to begin with. Newspaper coverage and widespread, enduring coverage of the Jack the Ripper case were strongly enforced. Even with all the coverage investigators could not connect anyone with the murders.
In 1888, over a time period of 10 weeks, Jack the Ripper walked the streets of East End. This is where he encountered and murdered several prostitutes between the hours of midnight and dawn. The victims’ bodies were thrown around like rag-dolls, laid out, cut throats, and their abdomens had been ripped open. This way of murder was sought to be very repetitive, giving the Ripper an almost instant notification sign. Nobody knows the exact number of women that were killed by Jack the Ripper. Though the investigators believe there were only five victims. Even with the investigators analysis, through the weeding process it is proven that there were only four victims of murder by Jack. (Evans… 21)
It was decided that the local police of the White Chapel area were not capable of catching Jack the Ripper alone. For this...