Jack the Ripper was a person of almost mythical stature who stills haunts us today. Many authors have tried to uncover his identity without success. In addition to this, no-one has managed to explain the terrible motive behind his hideous murders and why they ceased so abruptly. What is the identity of the man, known as Jack the Ripper, who, towards the end of the nineteenth century, held the entire East End of London, England, in the grip of unparalleled terror. |
And what of Spitalfields and Whitechapel, his killing ground? The squalid streets, alley-ways, doss-houses, public houses and official institutions have almost disappeared today.
Mapping Spitalfields and Whitechapel in 1888 as accurately as possible has taken 10 years to complete. Finally, the definitive 1888 map of the area where Jack the ripper killed his victims is ready.
How many women did Jack the Ripper kill? There is no simple answer. At least four, probably five, possibly eight, or even eleven. Most Ripperologists accept that the killer murdered only five, the so-called ‘Canonical Five’, but nobody’s sure about that.
The Jack the Ripper Victims.
Here we present the alleged victims of Jack the Ripper. Not just the canonical 5, but almost all of the Whitechapel murder victims, leaving out only the more obviously incorrect ones.
Annie Millwood: Spitalfields Chambers, 8 White's Row, Spitalfields.
Annie was attacked and stabbed in the legs and lower torso on Saturday, February 25, 1888 at her home, by a strange man with a clasp knife.
Annie made a complete recovery, but strangely, just over a month later on the 31st of March, she collapsed and died from natural causes, unrelated to her previous vicious attack.
Ada Wilson: 19 Maidman St, Mile End.
On March 28, 1888, Ada was attacked in her home, and stabbed twice in the throat. The motive was apparently robbery, as the attacker demanded money first before stabbing Ada when she said she had none. Ada survived the attack and lived to tell the tale.
Emma Elizabeth Smith: 18 George Street, Spitalfields.
Emma Smith was a local prostitute. On Easter Monday, April 3, 1888 she was attacked by a gang of youths at the junction of Osborn Street, (or Wentworth Street) and Brick Lane.
Although she almost certainly was not a victim of Jack the Ripper, it was with her death that the police opened the file on the Whitechapel Murders, a file that included the murders by Jack the Ripper.
Emma Smith died on April 5, 1888, in the London Hospital as a result of her injuries
Martha Tabram a.k.a. Martha Tabran, or Emma Turner: Satchell's Lodging House, 19 George Street, Spitalfields. Martha Tabram was a local prostitute. She was murdered on a first floor landing of the stairway in George Yard Buildings, some time in the early hours of the 7th August 1888. She had been stabbed 39 times. Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Nichols: born on August 26, 1845 Polly Nichols was murdered in the early morning of August 31 1888. Her body was discovered in Buck's Row, Whitechapel, around 3:40 to 3:45 AM.
Annie Chapman a.k.a. Dark Annie, Annie Siffey, Sievey or Sivvey: born in September 1841. She was murdered some time in the early hours of the 8th September 1888. Her body was discovered just before 6.00AM in the back yard of 29 Hanbury Street Elizabeth Stride a.k.a. 'Long Liz': born on November 27, 1843. She was murdered some time between 1250 and 1255am on 30th September 1888. Her body was discovered around 1 AM in Dutfield’s Yard, Berner Street
Catherine Eddowes a.k.a. Kate Kelly: born on April 14, 1842 She was murdered some time between 1:35AM and 1:45AM in Mitre Square on 30 Sept 1888
Mary Jane Kelly a.k.a. Marie Jeanette Kelly, Mary Ann Kelly, Ginger, Fair Emma: born in or around 1863. She was murdered some time in the early morning of 9 November 1888, at 13 Miller’s Court, Dorset Street.
Annie Farmer a.k.a. 'Flossie', 'Tilly', 'Dark Sarah' and 'Laughing Liz':
At around 9:30 AM on the morning of November 21, 1888 Annie was allegedly attacked, and her throat lightly cut, at Satchell's Lodging House, at 19 George Street, Spitalfields, by a man described as "shabby genteel" in a suit, who apparently then ran away. The police, however, were skeptical of her claims
Rose Mylett a.k.a. Catherine Millett or Mellett, 'Drunken Lizzie' Davis, 'Fair Alice' Downey: born on 8 December 1859. She was murdered sometime between 2:30 AM and 4:15 AM on December 20, 1888. Her body was discovered in Clarke’s Yard, between 184 and 186 Poplar High Street.
Alice McKenzie a.k.a. "Clay Pipe" Alice, Alice Bryant: born around 1849. She was murdered sometime around 12:30 AM 17 July 1889 in Castle Alley, Whitechapel.
Frances Coles aka. Frances Coleman, Frances Hawkins, 'Carroty Nell' : born on September 17, 1859. She was murdered around 2:00 AM on the morning of February 13, 1891 in Swallow Gardens.
The new Jack the Ripper Map Book shows the locations of the murder sites of all these possible victims of Jack the Ripper.
The Jack the Ripper Map Book of Spitalfields & Whitechapel 1888: ISBN 978-0-9571990-0-2 is now available at http://www.jacktherippermap.info
Author: Geoff Cooper Jack the Ripper Map Book
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