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All About History Jack The Ripper

All About History Jack The Ripper

3rd Edition

Discover the chilling stories, documents and evidence behind London’s biggest mystery - the case of Jack the Ripper. History’s most notorious serial killer, the Ripper’s identity is still unconfirmed, but in this book we trace every victim, every detective, every letter and every bit of evidence so you can make up your own mind. We’ve collated the most likely suspects and the leads that brought police officials and historians to them, and closely examined every theory surrounding the world’s most elusive murderer. Prepare yourself for a dark and grim journey down into the underworld of 19th century London to learn more about the serial killer From Hell. Featuring: The scenes - Take a walk through the gloomy alleyways of 19th century East End London with high-quality illustrations. The victims - Get insight into the lives of the women Jack the Ripper chose as his victims. The suspects - Make your own mind up about whether any of the prime suspects were, in fact, the Ripper. The theories - Delve into the many theories that have emerged around the case.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
all about history jack the ripper

For ten weeks during the autumn of 1888, London’s East End was gripped by the terror of history’s most notorious serial killer. Despite public outcry, the culprit was never caught, and the mystery of Jack the Ripper continues to fascinate amateur sleuths and crime enthusiasts well over a century later. In this book, you will find a comprehensive collection of the evidence found at the time and in the years after, as well as police reports and the theories about who the Ripper could have been. You'll also see detailed reconstructions of the crime scenes as they would have looked when Jack the Ripper walked them, searching for victims. Everything you need to make your own mind up is here, from who the killer was and why he chose his…

3 min.

One Wednesday in April 1905 a group of gentlemen gathered to take a tour of the East End, specifically the sites where 17 years earlier several woman had been murdered by an unknown killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper. The most famous member of the group was Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Their guide was Dr Frederick Gordon Browne, who had actually examined the corpse of one of the victims within an hour of the murder. They visited the famous Petticoat Lane, toured a doss house, a Jewish fowl-slaughtering house and, of course, the places where Jack the Ripper set to work. It was a ghoulish adventure, not only because they were visiting the places where gory murders had been committed, but because they were gazing upon the…

27 min.
london’s deadly streets

Briefing At the time of the Jack the Ripper murders, towards the end of the nineteenth century, London was, to coin a rather hackneyed phrase, the heart of the greatest empire that the world had ever known, and, consequently, was colossally wealthy and powerful. The East End was the beating heart of that great metropolis, full of factories, warehouses, markets, abattoirs, breweries and the ever-present London docks, all servicing the city, providing the necessities of life, the means of survival, the fuel on which the great commercial heart depended. It was overcrowded and poverty-riven, its grimy side streets flanked by poorly constructed and decaying buildings. Many of these were converted into doss-houses which, for a few pence, provided a bed and warmth to an otherwise homeless, transient population. Here, life was lived…

13 min.
a gruesome attack

Briefing Emma Elizabeth Smith struggled to reach her lodgings in George Street, which ran between the notorious Flower and Dean Street and Wentworth Street in the heart of one of the worst slum districts in London. She lived at No.18, one of several common lodging houses in a row of dilapidated three-story buildings. It was the early hours of Tuesday, 3 April 1888, and bitterly cold. Emma was in considerable pain, for only a few hours earlier, a mere 275 m (300 yards) from her lodgings, she had been attacked and so brutally assaulted that she would die from the injuries she sustained. Nothing much for certain is known about Emma Elizabeth Smith; she was apparently 45 years old, 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) tall, and had light brown hair. She…

25 min.
the first victim

Briefing Emma Smith’s attack and subsequent death were shocking to the people of the East End, warranting brief coverage in the local press and a few national newspapers. However, a four-month gap passed before an atrocity of comparable violence took place in the locale and, whereas the notion that Smith had been murdered by a gang was given credence at the time, the events surrounding the death of the next victim proved less yielding to any definitive solution. It was a homicide that appeared to have no motive, was excessive in its brutality, was noticeably close to the location of the previous crime and, with no solid clues available to the investigating authorities, became what some deemed as an early murder by somebody who would increase their savagery in the weeks…

28 min.
a killer’s pattern emerges

Briefing The murder of Mary Ann Nichols on 31 August 1888 drove home the commonalities of the victims of these unusual attacks. They were of the same class, coming from respectable origins but doomed to fail by their circumstances and a proclivity for alcohol. They appeared to be attracted to the East End by the availability of cheap lodgings and all lodged within a few yards of each other. Nichols, like Emma Smith and Martha Tabram before her, had been reduced to a life of day-to-day survival and with little or no other options, had taken to the streets. They were incredibly vulnerable and the places they chose to operate were dangerously isolated. If these murders were by the same hand, the killer had chosen his target, and it was certainly…