Jack the Ripper: The Most Famous Killer in History Essay

1489 Words 6 Pages
Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most famous serial murder case in the world. Even after over one hundred, twenty years, the case is widely talked about, speculated about, and mulled over (Jones, Jack the Ripper 1888). A lot of the intrigue over the case lies in the fact that it is, to this day, unsolved. Questions still remain over the case. What was Jack the Ripper’s real identity? What was the actual number of victims? The known murders attributed to Jack the Ripper took place between August 7, 1888 and November 10, 1888 (Jack the Ripper Biography). There were five known victims; four suspected prostitutes and another woman, all of whom were severely dissected. Four of the women had their throats slit and organs removed, a kidney in one …show more content…
When a police officer arrived, though, it was seen that her neck had been so severely slit that it had almost been severed. Upon both inspections of her body, it was found that her clothes were in disarray (Jones, Mary Nichols- The First Victim).
Elizabeth Stride, the victim whose murder was suspected to have been interrupted, was not one of the prostitutes. Instead, she cleaned houses. She was the third murder victim, though many historians don’t consider her a Jack the Ripper victim. The last night of her life, Elizabeth had cleaned the house that she had lived in on and off for about six years. As soon as that was finished, she left the house, later to be seen with a respectable looking gentleman. Onlookers were appalled at the gentleman because he was kissing Elizabeth and showing behavior towards her that was deemed to be inappropriate for someone who was dressed such as he was. The couple was spotted by several people, and the gentleman was described to be about five foot seven inches tall. From the location that they were originally seen, the couple moved to Dutfield’s Yard, where the body of Elizabeth Stride had later been found (Jones, Jack the Ripper 1888).
The murder of Mary Kelly is intriguing and it is unlike the murders of the other victims. Her body was discovered indoors, locked from the inside. She had been living with a younger prostitute at the time, but nothing had been seen. Kelly’s landlord sent his assistant, Thomas

More about Jack the Ripper: The Most Famous Killer in History Essay

Open Document