On the come-up to Halloween, let’s take a look at some of the gruesome murderers that have inspired movies and books that send shivers down our spines. The true identity of Jack the Ripper has never been identified but we do know a lot about the man that committed these heinous crimes. Jack the Ripper was active in the late 19th century in London. He was also given the name Whitechapel murderer and leather apron. Most of the murderers associated with him involved prostitutes in the east end of London. Their throats were cut and then their abdominal organs were removed.
This infamous murderer gained his nickname from a letter written by an individual claiming the murders. This is now thought to have been a hoax created by the newspapers at the time. 5 women murdered in 1888 are believed to have been connected and were known as ‘The Canonical Five’. Other murders at this time have been stipulated to be associated with Jack the Ripper.
There are many speculations as to who Jack the Ripper is. The murders took place on weekends and bank holidays indicating that the murders revolved around a person's work schedule. Some individuals accused include members of the royal family, an artist, and a doctor.
Ripper was not the first serial killer but he was the first to stir fear in the public and frenzy in the media. The stories of Jack the Ripper filled the newspapers, which greatly encouraged the public to learn how to read, which improved the numbers attending school. The Ripper murders also highlighted how terrible the slums were in the East end of London. With the attention on London thanks to the newspapers, these slums were cleared and demolished, and here began a slow improvement in life for the poorer inhabitants of London.
The story of Jack the Ripper has been widely used in film and tv and tours are exhibiting where the murders took place in London! Maybe watch a film on Ripper this Halloween?
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