Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most famous serial murder case in the world. Even after over one hundred, twenty years, the case is widely talked about, speculated about, and mulled over (Jones, Jack the Ripper 1888). A lot of the intrigue over the case lies in the fact that it is, to this day, unsolved. Questions still remain over the case. What was Jack the Ripper’s real identity? What was the actual number of victims?
The known murders attributed to Jack the Ripper took place between August 7, 1888 and November 10, 1888 (Jack the Ripper Biography). There were five known victims; four suspected prostitutes and another woman, all of whom were severely dissected. Four of the women had their throats slit and organs removed, a kidney in one instance and the reproductive organs in another. The murder of the other victim, Elizabeth Stride, is said to have been interrupted (Cohen). Other murders have been unofficially credited to Jack the Ripper, under the assumption that he had left London. Directly after the last murder in London, there was one in the United States that matched the method of operation exactly, the mutilations also exact to the murders of Jack the Ripper. Other people say that murders in South Africa matched, also, and bore his “signature” (Cohen).
One victim, Mary Nichols, was a 41 year old prostitute. She had been thrown out of lodging earlier for not having the money that she needed, and she stated that she would come back with the money (Jones, Jack the Ripper Photos). She was discovered at almost 3:40 AM on August 31, 1888. Upon inspection, it was found that her skin was still warm, and it was thought that she might have still been shallowly breathing. The man, though, Charles Cross, refused to touch her after that, and had decided that since he was already late for work, he would leave and alert the first police officer that he saw. When a police officer arrived, though, it was seen that her neck had been so severely slit that it had almost been severed. Upon both inspections of her body, it was found that her clothes were in disarray (Jones, Mary Nichols- The First Victim).
Elizabeth Stride, the victim whose murder was suspected to have been interrupted, was not one of the prostitutes. Instead, she cleaned houses. She was the third murder victim, though many historians don’t consider her a Jack the Ripper victim. The last night of her life, Elizabeth had cleaned the house that she had lived in on and off for about six years. As soon as that was finished, she left the house, later to be seen with a respectable looking gentleman. Onlookers were appalled at the gentleman because he was kissing Elizabeth and showing behavior towards her that was deemed to be inappropriate for someone who was dressed such as he was. The couple was spotted by several people, and the gentleman was described to be about five foot seven inches tall. From the location that they were originally seen, the couple moved to Dutfield’s Yard, where the...