‘Jack the Ripper’ is one of the most enduring and famous serial-killer legends that still captivates the world’s imagination.
The culprit responsible for slaughtering five prostitutes, and possibly more, in London’s East End in the autumn of 1888 was never apprehended. Despite countless investigations which claim to have definitive evidence of the killer’s identity, the brutal murderer’s name and motivation are still unproven.
The moniker ‘Jack the Ripper’ originates from a letter written by someone who claimed to be the Whitechapel butcher, which was published at the time of the attacks. The killings all took place within a mile area and involved the districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate and the City of London.
Adding to the mystery of the affair is the fact that several letters were sent by the killer to the London Metropolitan police, taunting them about his gruesome activities and speculating on further murders to come. The plethora of theories as to the identity of the killer, ranging from the famous Victorian painter Walter Sickert to a Polish migrant and even the grandson of Queen Victoria have all contributed to a culture of folklore and ghoulish entertainment.