Jack the Ripper


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Jack the Ripper - The Story

Jack the Ripper is the best known name given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished areas around Whitechapel in 1888.
The name "Jack the Ripper" originated in a letter written by someone, widely believed to have been a hoax and written by journalists. The killer was also called "Leather Apron".
The attacks ascribed to Jack the Ripper involved female prostiutes who lived and worked in the slums of the East End of London whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The public came to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper", mainly because of the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders, and because of media treatment of the events.
Five victims, Mary Ann Nicholls (Polly), Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly (Marie); are known as the "canonical five" and their murders between 31 August and 9 November 1888 are often considered the most likely to be linked. The murders were never solved.

There are now over one hundred theories about the Ripper's identity, and the murders have inspired many works of fiction.