white chapel area problems with the police press and piblic evidence suspects Jack the Ripper
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This article is about the serial killer. For other uses, see Jack the Ripper (disambiguation).
|Jack the Ripper |
|"With the Vigilance Committee in the East End: A Suspicious Character" from |
|The Illustrated London News, 13 October 1888 |
|Background information |
|Birth name |Identity unknown |
|Also known as |"The Whitechapel Murderer" |
| |"Leather Apron" |
|Number of victims |5+? |
|Country |United Kingdom |
Jack the Ripper is the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter, written by someone claiming to be the murderer, that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. Within the crime case files as well as journalistic accounts the killer was known as "The Whitechapel Murderer" as well as "Leather Apron".
Attacks ascribed to the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of London and whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the
References: Inspector Frederick Abberline, 1888 The surviving police files on the Whitechapel murders allow a detailed view of investigative procedure in the Victorian era. A large team of policemen conducted house-to-house inquiries throughout Whitechapel [pic] "Blind man 's buff": Punch cartoon by John Tenniel (22 September 1888) criticising the police 's alleged incompetence