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The Five Known Victims of Jack the Ripper (Caution - Some pictures are graphic and gruesome)

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Jack the Ripper is the infamous serial murderer who victimized women in the Whitechapel area of London in the 1880’s. Inhabitants of the Whitechapel area were destitute. Their living conditions were deplorable. Whole families lived in one filthy room. It was not uncommon to find the rotting remains of dead rats, a pig, or a human body lying next to a naked, malnourished child. It was poverty at it’s most cruel. Adults and children alike did whatever it took to eke out an existence; to earn the cost of a night’s lodging and a chunk of bread to share with whomever they spent the night.

 It was in this disgusting and hellish corner of London that Jack the Ripper gave these desperate women the one chance of escape they did not want.


Victim #1 Mary Ann Nichols Body Found August 31, 1888

Description at time of Murder: Age 45, Height 5’2”, Complexion Dark, Eyes Brown, Hair Brown turning grey.

Apparel at time of Murder: Brown dress with 7 large brass buttons, Grey woolen petticoats (reportedly recorded as being stenciled with “Lambeth Workhouse”), Flannel drawers and white chest flannel, Brown stays, Black ribbed woolen stockings, Men’s spring-sided boots and a Black straw bonnet trimmed with black velvet.

Mary Ann Nichols was the wife of William Nichols of 37 Coburg Street, Old Kent Road, though the couple had actually been separated for nine years due to Mrs. Nichols drunkenness and immoral habits. During their separation Mary was an inmate at several workhouses, the last of which was Lambeth Workhouse. She left Lambeth Workhouse in May of 1888 and entered the service of Mr. Cowdry. On July 12 of that same year she left there after helping herself to a number of items of wearing apparel. After that she spent nights in common lodging houses.

On the night of August 31, 1888, Mary Ann Nichols told the manager of the lodging house at 18 Thrawl Street to save her bed. It was 1:40 am and she had no money, so she set out to earn her night’s lodging. She was drunk at the time.

At 2:30 a.m. Ellen Holland who was staying at 18 Thrawl Street saw Mary Ann Nichols at the corner of Osborn Street and Whitechapel Road. She tried to get the drunken woman to return to the lodging house with her, but instead Mary Ann walk toward Buck’s Row where her dead body was later found.


At 3:15 a passerby named Charles Cross found the body of Mary Ann Nichols on the Buck’s Row walkway.  He left to inform the police.  In his absence Constable John Neil came upon the body.  It had not been there during his last walk by one- half hour earlier.  That fact coupled with there being very little blood at the scene lent the police to deduce the body was transported there after the murder.

Mary Ann Nichols was pronounced dead by Dr. Llewellyn who took her body to the mortuary.  Her throat had been cut as had been her abdomen.  Inquiries at the murder site offered no clues to the murder.


Victim # 2 Anne Chapman Body Found September 8, 1888

Description at time of Murder: Age 45, Complexion Fair, Eyes Blue, Hair Dark Brown Wavy, 2 Missing Lower Teeth, Large Thick Nose

Apparel at time of Murder: Black figured jacket, Brown bodice, Old dirty, laced boots

Anne Chapman had been residing at Timothy Donovan’s lodge house at 35 Dorset Street. On September 8, 1888 at 1:45 a.m. Anne was in the Donovan Kitchen. She was drunk and had no money. She soon left declaring she would be back and she would have money.

Back Yard No.29 Hanburg


 At 6:10 a.m. Anne Chapman lay dead in the back yard at No. 29 Hanburg Street.  According to Inspector Joseph Chandler she was “lying on her back, dead, left arm resting on left breast, legs drawn up”.  Her throat was “cut deeply from left and back in a jagged manner right around the throat”.  Inspector Chandler’s report also indicated her abdomen had been cut with her entrails on the ground above her right shoulder.  The wall and fence near where the body was laid out was spattered with blood.

Dr. Phillips pronounced Anne Chapman dead and took her to the mortuary. His notes included a lot of information that never made it into police records.

The following are the clues that were overlooked or ignored:

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Ø   A piece of muslin fabric, a comb and a paper case were left by the body

Ø   Two rings from Anne’s fingers, some pennies and two new farthings were left at the foot  of the body

Ø   An envelope and a piece of paper containing two pills were at the head of the body

         On the back of the envelope was the seal of the Sussex Military Regiment

         On the front of the envelope was a letter “M” and a postage stamp

Ø   A leather apron soaked with water was found near a faucet two feet away

         Some accounts have it as a partial apron

Though the apron was, for a while, considered a viable clue, all other items were discounted despite their being carefully arranged around Anne’s slain body.

Victim # 3 Elizabeth Stride Body Found September 30, 1888

At 1 a.m. behind a workmen’s club inside the gates of Dutfield’s yard in Bermer Street, Commercial Road East, Louis Diemshutz, Secretary to the Socialist Club, found the body of Elizabeth Stride. He rushed to report the incident. Constable Lamb returned to the scene with him, and then sent for Dr Blackwell and Dr Phillips who pronounced her dead at 1:10 a.m. The immediate area was searched, but no weapon was found.

The following outlines the doctors’ report on Elizabeth Stride:

Ø She was found lying on her left side with left arm extended from the elbow with small candies in her hand

Ø Her right arm was over her stomach – back of hand and inner wrist dotted with blood

Ø Her legs were drawn up, knees fixed, feet close to the wall

Ø Slightly torn silk handkerchief around her throat with throat being deeply gashed and showing a skin abrasion about 1 ¼ inches in diameter



The Evening News reported Elizabeth Stride also had grapes in her right hand claiming a man seen with Stride earlier had purchased grapes from a local vendor.  Even though police reports stated two private detectives found grape stems in the debris swept from the site of the murder, the clue was dismissed as unimportant.    (It is thought grapes were quite expensive during that time period and an unfortunate would not have access to them unless a wealthy person were to provide them)


Victim #4 Catherine Eddows Body Found September 30, 1888

After being in the Billingsgate Street Police Station for drunkenness, Catherine Eddows was released at 1 a.m. on September 30, 1888. At 1:45 a.m. Constable Watkins found her mutilated body at Mitre Square. Her face was unrecognizable from acts perpetrated by the murderer.

The following describes her injuries:

Ø   A part of her nose was missing

Ø   Her right earlobe was barely attached

Ø   Her throat was cut

Ø   Her abdomen was laid open and one kidney had been removed

Mortuary Photo


 It has long been assumed Catherine Eddowes’ body was placed at Mitre Square after the murder and mutilation was performed in an empty building nearby.  This conclusion was drawn from the report that at 2:55 a.m. a constable found a blood-stained apron next to a wall where the phrase “The JUWES are not the men That Will be Blamed for nothing” had been written in chalk.  Nothing of import was derived from the phrase, but the apron and the removal of the kidney  led Drs Brown and Phillips to suggest Jack the Ripper may have been “a hunter, a butcher, a student in surgery or a properly qualified surgeon”.

Victim #5 Mary Kelly Body Found November 9, 1888

 Mary Kelly met her end in her own room at the 16 Dorset Street boardinghouse, No. 13.  True to form, her throat had been sliced open, her body mutilated.  In a strange twist, some skin had been removed from her legs.


Mary Kelly is considered to be the last of the Jack the Ripper victims, but little detail was reported of her or her death as compared to the previous murders contributed to Jack the Ripper.

It was said she was seen on the night of November 9, 1888 in the presence of a man with a mustache wearing a bowler style hat who was carrying a small, long, leather bag.

At this time in Whitechapel it was a belief, in the event of a violent death, the last image seen would be indelibly etched on the retina. Therefore, an industrious photographer took pictures of the dead eyes of Mary Kelly hoping to be able to finally learn the true identity of the elusive Jack the Ripper. Of course, this was to no avail.

Dorset Street in Whitechapel



Suspects were numerous. Some were considered suspects totally due to general speculation, others because of descriptions, locations or occupations.

A popular theory named Queen Victoria’s grandson who was known as Eddy. From there it was then suspected Eddy’s friend and tutor committed the murders hoping Eddy would be blamed. The next link to Eddy was Dr. William Gull. Some theorized Dr. Gull killed women so they could not be connected to immoral liaisons with Eddy. His wife, however, claimed Dr. Gull was given to sporadic “manias for inflicting pain” and she had no idea where he’d been on the nights of each murder.

Coincidentally, another suspect, Montague John Driutt, who was rumored to have law offices and had been know to rent rooms in the Whitechapel area, bore an astonishing resemblance to the grandson of Queen Victoria, the notorious Eddy. Druitt took his own life in 1888; after which no further Jack the Ripper killings were reported.

In spite of more than a century of research, investigation and being the subject of numerous books and films, Jack the Ripper and his five victims remain a most ugly part of the Whitechapel/London history as the most infamous cold case in Scotland Yard’s files.


Christopher Uy on January 19, 2020:


ki ki on October 30, 2018:

y did he do it in the first place

Gudio on December 19, 2017:

Prince Eddy Political Cover Up

billy on October 31, 2015:

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed (ISBN 0-425-19273-3) is a 2002 nonfiction book by crime novelist Patricia Cornwell which presents the theory that Walter Sickert, a British painter, was the 19th-century serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Jean Overton Fuller, in her 1990 book Sickert and the Ripper Crimes, had maintained that Sickert was Jack the Ripper. Prior to that, Stephen Knight, in his 1976 book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, had maintained that Sickert had been forced to be an accomplice of the Ripper. Neither of these two books is mentioned in Cornwell's book. I think it was Walter Sickert also and that there were more than five victims.

Grey on August 21, 2015:

25 yrs service as a police officer. Put it to bed as the unsolved Murder numbers keep growing

Brian Williams on April 11, 2015:

I was there.

I'm 12&im a goth on March 15, 2015:

Hell no, he wasn't!

Last September they found out that JACK THE RIPPER was actually...

Aaron Kosminski, a Jewish, Polish immigrant.


Jack on February 18, 2015:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the kille

someone on February 12, 2015:

Who had something to gain by distroying the evidence. the can be no crime without motive.

andy nicholas on November 23, 2014:

All the theories and speculation have completely engulfed and clouded the few facts about the case. Most theories and suspects are complete nonsense. There are a few viable suspects who sadly get largely overlooked on the grounds of not being 'trendy' enough.

People like William Bury, Carl Figenbaum and the recently suggested Charles Lechmere aka Cross who was found by Robert Paul standing beside Polly Nichols but claimed he had found this woman while walking to work. Why this man wasn't investigated by the police at the time beggars belief. I still believe Bury to be the likeliest but there are several others who are good calls other than those I've mentioned that have been mentioned by others on this forum.

Prince Eddy? William Gull? Montague Druitt? Francis Tumblety? Walter Sickert? Lewis Carroll? Thomas Barnardo? No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Not in a million years.

G on November 22, 2014:

it was me

Quirkily on October 27, 2014:

MysteryQuest uncovered some interesting information. Check out the episode on this subject.

karl67 on July 17, 2014:

Scotland Yard and The Metropolitan Police have all the paperwork for the infamous Jack the Ripper case and it was stated that the true identity would be made public after the death of The Queen Mother!....why?....because there is evidence pointing towards the Royal Family,why you ask?....well everytime a murder was committed;a coach was seen nearby,with the royal crest on;each time;not only was Edward VII a punter round Whitechapel,but his son Albert Victor(Duke of Clarence was to),also both Father & Son had contracted Syphilis and the clapp...even Edward VII's wife contracted Syphilis,due to her husbands there's a clue in itself...but it was said that Albert Victor had developed Syphilis of the brain and was institutionalised for a while;Albert Victor wasn't of sound mind and I believe revenge was on his mind,because of his Father's love of loose women and what his father had contracted and passed on to his mother,also it could explain why Albert Victor wasn't fully sound of mind as a child.....The Royal Family are above the law and can never be imprisoned and that is fact!....I believe Queen Victoria ordered her son Edward VII to sign an agreement to basically have his son put to sleep to protect the royal family..simple as that,plus it does explain a lot,plus Albert Victor was fascinated with the human body and surgery...the truth with leak out eventually!!

Alper on July 08, 2014:

I am 100% convinced it was Jacob Levy (and not Kanwinski)! Please read below.

Kanwinski was incoherent to talk to and ate scraps off the street. Not the kind of man who could get a prostitute to go with him or be good at dodging the police. He was also a compulsive masterbator but no semen was ever found on or near the victims. But biggest of all, he was committed in March1889

The Ripper showed signs of anger against female genitalia. He performed mutilations in the genital area of four of his victims, he may not have had a chance to do this with Catherine Eddowes the exception.

The Hell letter he tries to hard to hide himself but actually gives part of himself away! Because the only three words relevant to a butcher, kidney, preserved and knife are spelt wrongly. Yep he was trying trying to hide his occupation.

And if the Ripper indeed ate a diseased piece of kidney (kidney of Eddows was diseased and looked like it too) then was it because he didn't care for he was already diseased like a syphilitic?

When Mary Ann Nicholls was murdered it was determined that the knife used to mutilate her was moderately sharp. A medical student or a surgeon would have a very sharp knife. A butcher would have a blunter one that needs frequent sharpening. That was why the knife was sharper later.

Also when Annie Chapman was murdered, why didn't the Ripper use the water tap where a leather apron was found in the yard to clean his hands? There is only one possible answer. He was afraid that if people thought he used the tap, that the apron might be his!

A doctor or surgeon cuts into bodies slowly for they have to take their time. A butcher would be an expert at cutting with some skill rapidly. If the Ripper had been a doctor or surgeon he would have shown more concern for giving himself time to cut up his victims. Annie Chapman was extensively mutilated in about two minutes. Only an expert at cutting flesh up fast could manage all this. And only a butcher would have that kind of practice.

At the night of the double event (killing of both Miss Stride and Miss Eddows) things almost went wrong for him, he was seen several times and witness tastified he had a Jewish appearance. So the writing on the wall of the "Juwes are The men that Will not be Blamed for nothing", he deliberately spelt it incorrectly to make it seem that he wasn’t a Jew reasoning that detectives would think a Jew wouldn’t misspell Jews. But could also be he tried to rub it out having had second thoughts, but that seem unlikely I think.

The Ripper was good at talking to prostitutes, he was able to charm them and approach them and even make them feel safe with him. This was a man who had used prostitutes a lot in the past. 100% he caught syphilis from Whitechapel prostitute. This would explain him not having sex with the victims and only had 2 children with his wife in a time where people had much more kids especially at the lower classes. He got physically seriously ill only after the last murder, incapable to continue his work. Syphilis took his life in 1891.

There is strong indication he was motivated by his Jewish religion as he was doing Gods work. A torso was found and people thought it was another victim of Jack, further investigation showed someone's wife had gone missing and presumed dead. Some time after this event the central news agency got this letter:

"In the name of God hear me I swear I did not kill the female whose body was found at Whitehall. If she was an honest woman I will hunt down and destroy her murderer. If she was a whore God will bless the hand that slew her, for the women of Moab and Midian shall die and their blood shall mingle with the dust. I never harm any others or the Divine power that protects and helps me in my grand work would quit for ever. Do as I do and the light of glory shall shine upon you. I must get to work tomorrow treble event this time yes yes three must be ripped. will send you a bit of face by post I promise this dear old Boss. The police now reckon my work a practical joke well well Jacky’s a very practical joker ha ha ha Keep this back till three are wiped out and you can show the cold meat

Yours truly

Jack the Ripper"

The interpretation of this letter is that the Ripper believed that God approved of his murders and was a Jew for he knew of Jewish doctrine and the curse on the women of Moab and Midian. He knew the Old Testament well

The killer was outraged for he was killing only sinfull women and this was a stain on his name he did not do.

sp on July 03, 2014:

interesting that this article is entitled "the five known victims of jack the ripper" - many believe eddowes and kelly weren't actually ripper crimes - doesn't bode well for the rest of the article below it

sara on April 23, 2014:

i think hi was doctor that had a sik wife or child needing a kidny so he tryed to save him/her by taking the womens kidny and taking theyr blood. i found a wab cyte where it sad that all the victems was almost draind of blood

Jessica Laffin on April 15, 2014:

It said it was a surgeon the only hospital was the royal London hospital. An ordinary man couldn't cut out a kidney and not know where it would be at. A surgeon or a student in the practice would have known. A man who had always kept quiet and easily not been seen. He would go through alleyways and sneak up on his victims and cover their mouths with his left hand and his weapon which would be in his right hand and would slit their throat. He probably didn't have a enough time with his first victim, because he only had cut her abdomen and her throat. But with his second victim he had cut his throat and he had cut out her teeth. Just look at the autopsy. You'll get answers quickly and summit up too. All five of them were prostitutes. I maybe young, but I know how the mind of a criminal can work...

Jeff on April 09, 2014:

Jack the Ripper was just a serial killer who never got caught. There's no need for any conspiracy, free-masons, royalty and so on. Because his identity remains unknown, there is a vacuum left which seems to suck up every crazy theory imaginable. He would have appeared to have been an ordinary guy and not some romantic, historical figure. Take a look at just a few serial killer documentaries on You Tube and you will see that they don't stand out. It's their anonymity which makes them hard to catch. Visit for more on this way of thinking.

Oliver Kirkland on April 03, 2014:

Jack the Ripper is a very interesting case. The victims were prostitutes. I could see why he would want to kill them. It also very strange how no one could think of looking at who all lived in London at the time and figure out if they worked a certain day or hours and at least one of them would have a good schedule where "Jack" would be able to kill them and not be noticed.

fenceline on March 17, 2014:

Cornwell may or may not have been right but as I said before her evidence is not as solid as her book indicates. Look up the difference between Primary (Nuclear) DNA and Mitocondrial (secondary) DNA (which Cornwell used) and you'll see what I mean.

Tommy on February 04, 2014:

A couple of people here have already alluded to it, but having been interested in the history of Jack since I saw the 1988 TV mini series with lewis Collins and Michael Caine, I picked up Patricia Cornwells book "Portrait Of A Serial Killer".

I've read and considered pretty much every whacko theory that's been written on the subject, but la Cornwells tome has me convinced that she found the killer.

candimonster on January 31, 2014:

I 100% believe jack the ripper was Aaron Kanwinski. He hated women and even more so prostitutions. He owned a leather aapron that was found beside the body of Annie chapman. He was a hairdresser so he would have the skills of using sisscors and maybe knives. He was reported to be a very violent man. But more so he was sent to the nut house and then the killings stopped. also the two lead investigators truly believed he was there man. Today with all that evidence that would of been enough to arrest him.

fenceline on January 10, 2014:

To Ryan, If you can get it you might try reading Robin O'dell's "Ripperology". He doesn't name a suspect but he adds a lot of common sense to the mystery. Most authors formulate their own theories. O'dell doesn't do that which I think lends some credibility to him since he doesn't insert his own ego into it.

Juliyah on December 29, 2013:

Well a Canadian you say what was his name? Have you ever read the book Prince Jack. Has very compelling evidence from the reports of the royal physician William Gull. Shows to be Prince Albert. The Queen tried to ban this book when it first came out. Good reading. Also a sick mind is a very intelligent mind. Most people that are mentaly ill have way above average iqs. Some are brilliant in fact.

mandy misery on December 24, 2013:

He was brilliant and a legend. It was wrong for what he did but i find his murders very interesting.

stuart on December 17, 2013:

It's funny how many of you say it was a skilled or semi skilled surgeon yet the evidence of the cuts shows it to be someone with no medical knowledge. Jagged cuts, sloppy work even if someone just wanted certain items from inside the body. I don't believe it was royalty or anyone linked to royalty. I do think they had something to do with either the medical profession or biology. In fact, there was a man from Canada that was in London at that time and had asked for female genitalia to take back to Canada for medical studies. They refused him and he floated around for a few months. Then, shortly after the 5th murder he boarded a ship to the USA and then traveled to Canada from New York. After he left New York he was never heard of again. Coincidence??? i don't think so.

fenceline on December 14, 2013:

Good point 714 raine.

I've mentioned this before but it's worth saying again. These women weren't high priced call girls. They were just trying to live in an enviorment which didn't give much chance to do so. Some of these clowns who rip them for being prostitutes ought to take a page ought of that book "Walk a mile in my shoes".

714raine on December 12, 2013:

And might I add just extremely sad, these were people, who suffered in ways we could never imagine...Your Comment...

randhir on December 04, 2013:

From wat i read i can safely say that JTR mother was a prostitute. and at a very young age he must have been abuse or even worse to a point that he felt justified to do tis to a women aged 45 or so. he had no curiosity for the human body. he just wanted revenge.

fenceline on December 03, 2013:

The murders attributed to JTR run as many as 11 and as few as 3 depending on who's book you're reading. The majority of authors agree on the so called "canonical five", not due to the mutilations but to the M.O. Each of them was killed by two cuts to the neck. The mutilations of course occurred afterwords (or in the case of Stride not at all). It's true that many prostitutes were killed by their "clients". Others were killed by their pimps. Some in fact killed each other but those facts alone raise the question of what made the Ripper murders so different. The authorities had to have seen something unique about them. There's little doubt that he'd have been caught today with the forensics of fingerprinting, blood typing, DNA and other evidence but those things didn't exist back then or were at least in their infancy and not reliable or even usable.

Brendan on December 02, 2013:

I like Dr. H. H. Holmes for it, but although that is a novelty, I am not so sure that It is true. In fact-- and don't attack me for saying this because I am no expert but nor are any of you-- I don't think the murders were even related by one man. I believe two subsequent deaths in a rather unsavory part of town sparked interest and possible sparked copy cats to a murderer who didn't even exist. Prostitutes have been prime targets since forever and I think it was just by sheer closeness in time of two murders that the press-- hungry for stories-- made the facade of the Whitechapel Ripper, which then influenced bored, insane people to look for meaning in their life in this Whitechapel Ripper. This would explain the increasing gore in later murders. the first two were killed and by the last victim, the body was completely mutilated. This indicates that the first two may have been crimes of passion, but in the final, the murderer had expectations to meet, so he played himself as the specific, gruesome Ripper.

fenceline on November 26, 2013:

Yamishita Kumiko

You make some good points. I sort of wonder how he knew which body parts to take. Maybe he just took whatever he saw (or felt). The crime scene photo of Mary Kelly certainly doesn't indicate any medical knowledge. More like the work of a drunken butcher. Prostitutes back then (As now) tend to be looked down upon but what about the "Gentlemen" who paid for them? Those arragont morons called them pince bricks, bagtails and what not yet they themselves indulged in the "favors" those women brought. They weren't high paid call girls. They were just trying to survive where there wasn't much chance to do so. Few things irritate me more than a pimp or a "trick". They literally define the word hypocrisy with their own conduct. I have no sympathy whatsoever for those who managed to contract syphilis thanks to their own irresponsible behavior. I like sex as much as most men but if you're going to be a self serving jerk then keep it in your pants or you just might lose it.

Yamishita Kumiko on November 26, 2013:

Ok. My opinion is that jack the ripper obviosly did wrong yet he only targeted whores, drunks, and prostitutes selling themselves for money. Sometimes a combination of both or all. I don't think he was a doctor but I do think he had some type of medical expieriance with this. Because if he knew nothing about the human body then how did he take out half a kidney or cut out a womb. -thats just my opinion anyway sorry for the bad spelling and grammer

fenceline on November 19, 2013:

I know the Mason theory has been kicked around quite a bit but I don't know what it would have to do with JTR. George Washington was a Mason as was Thomas Jefferson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill. What I'm implying is that what one believes is not necessarily how one behaves. Adolf Hitler and Jack Kennedy were both born Catholics but they sure as hell weren't much alike.

fenceline on November 12, 2013:

Jason Assasinated by a Scotland Yard detective???? Hardly a theory, more like a hypothesis formed out of whole cloth. The royal conspiracy is based on Stephen Knight's book. The Duke of Clarence (Fondly known as "Prince Eddie") had allegedly married a commoner named Annie Cook (or Crook depending on which book you read). Knight alleged that Cook was Catholic and the marriage had been witnessed by the 5 canonical victims (Nichols, Chapman, Stride, Eddowes and Kelly). The Royal Hierocy had supposedly sent the queens physician (Sir William Gull) out to kill the victims to keep them quiet. There's no evidence that the victims knew each other and no marriage certificate has ever surfaced indicating the marriage. Also no baptismal certificate has ever surfaced indicating Cook was a Catholic. There is some evidence that she attended protestant services near Whitechapel however. Prince Eddie was 24 years old at the time of the Whitechapel murders. According to a royal statute anyone in line to the throne who is under the age of 25 and marries a commoner (Catholic or otherwise) that marriage can be annulled by royal decree. Why on earth would Queen Victoria or anyone else in the royal family send someone out to butcher half a dozen women when the whole matter could be resolved by simply signing a document? As I posted before Gull was 72 years old at the time of the murders, had suffered a stroke the year before and was dead within two years after having two more. Hardly someone who could run around Whitechapel during the night committing a bunch of murders. My source is Robin O'dell's book "Ripperology", which was endorsed by Donald Rumblow who's considered among the best authorities on Jack the Ripper. O'dell doesn't name a suspect (nor did Rumblow) but his book is very down to earth and provides much needed common sense to the subject.

Magdalene on October 22, 2013:

Jack the Ripper was thought to have had both genders but was sewn up to grow up as a man but later developed as a woman and became so angry at women, whom could have children and grow up as respectable women of England, but decided to throw their lives away and spent their time in the beds of sex-hungered men who were more than happy to pay for their services, and started to cut out their uterus's because he was unable to grow up as a normal adult of either gender.

Jason Clendenning on September 24, 2013:

so out of all this negativity and name calling and all you little disillusioned morons calling yourselves jack and the ripper grow up you diseased bastards. its not funny its not cute its disgusting and just proves the weakness of your mind. the lack of anything resembling common decency or human scruples or morays. frankly i have heard only ONE i say again ONE person who actually knows what they are talking about. DET W BELL good for you you did your homework and the only intelligent person who posted here. it has been long believed that Jack was in some way connected to the royal family, at that time any connection to the royals would have made him damn near untouchable especially if he was a relation. and quite frankly because he may or may not have taken coins from his victims shows nothing about his social class. plenty of rich people become kleptomaniacs because the desire to have more is so strong and its the getting that is addictive. i am from a very lower class family but most people who meet me think i am from an upper class social structure i dress well and speak well in person. so they believe i am from a different standing. Jack could have been royalty but could have observed enough lower class that he could have easily assumed an alias that helped him blend in. and the stealing of money? what better to throw police off the trail of a wealthy killer than simple theft of a few worthless coins? think before you post something, it is better to be thought an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt. i am a theatre major and am a rather good(according to audience members and friends) actor its not hard to portray another identity for purposes beyond the "norm". theories that are probably close to the reality are as follows male, related to royal family, some form or medical training, deranged but highly intelligent, and most likely was probably assassinated by a Scotland Yard inspector who know that he couldn't arrest the bastard but he'd be damned if after mary kelly he would let it continue. those are theories not facts but those are most likely and what took place back then. but honestly it doesn't matter its over so let it rest. like the Titanic it is what it is let it be.

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jennifer on July 10, 2013:

you all are just sick calling yourselves jack the ripper

cate on June 27, 2013:

it's just disgusting

amy on March 18, 2013:

If you are doing a history project on Jack the Ripper: you should get a film on him, there is one called "from hell" and that tells you loads about Jack Ripper.

harry on March 11, 2013:

he was crazy man

Tash on February 25, 2013:

hay , im doing a history project on jack the ripper and need a reference for this artical if icould plz hv the name of the author.

Tash on February 25, 2013:

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Tash on February 25, 2013:

hay , im doing a history project on jack the ripper and need a reference for this artical if icould plz hv the name of the author.

MqD on February 19, 2013:

For those of you who have actually read the coroners reports of the ripper victims. I challenge you to seek out "120 days of sodom" by the Maquis De Sade. This book, horrific as it is, explains in great detail the motivations of a man like Jack the Ripper. Some of the crimes depicted in "120" are very similar to the ripper murders especially the death of Augustine as compared to the slaughter of Mary Jane Kelly. A lot of people speak of the "facts" and then try to form a hypothesis like he must have been rich because there were grapes at some of the crime scenes, or he could have worked at a winery or maybe he stole some grapes or took some grape stems from the garbage and planted false evidence. was he that smart? well he was smart enough to get away with it. Was he a doctor? Maybe, but the Marquis was not a doctor and had a sickening knowledge of human anatomy. Note the ripper crimes get more and more horrific as do the crimes in "120 days or sodom" as did Jeff dahmer. I personally have no idea who the ripper was, except a monster, an unfortunate side effect of being human.

Emily on February 12, 2013:

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mark skinner on January 22, 2013:

the probability is that the perpetrator was from the same socio-economic background as his/her victims. lived in the whitechapel area, alone. had a psychotic/mental disorder that allowed him/her to carry out the daily duties without any suspicion but, obviously hated women, or, loose-women of the lower class. would have been of very normal/ordinary appearance. would be fairly adept in not drawing attention in any activities. had ease of access to sharp knife/knives, and, had limited knowledge of anatomy. very good knowledge of the vicinity. MY GUESS WOULD BE; slaughterman/butcher/mortuary attendant.

gb on January 18, 2013:

im a living relative of Mary Kelly

thea ruby on January 16, 2013:

was he a doc

ethan on January 03, 2013:

i cant belive the jack the ripper kill his own mum .i why know why it because his mum was mean so when he started killing people his mum was his second victim

RedRose on January 02, 2013:

Jack The Ripper was, actually, a group of people. It wasn't just one... It was a cult.

mark on December 28, 2012:

Queen victorias doctor was a prime suspect on the case..!!...also prince albert,due to the fact that he caught a nasty disease from one of the working girls at the time..!!..

angle bug on December 26, 2012:

read the book jack the ripper by patisha cromwall.i think thats it she went to london to study all about it .it was a realy good book once u start to read the book she wrote u wont be able to put the book down realy good.enjoy.

shar on December 06, 2012:

James Maybrick is the ripper. A guy who believed he became more powerful with the more arsenic he took. The more arsenic he took the more it destroyed his body and brain. He took out his vengeance on these women because of his addiction and pure hatred for his wife who was sleeping around.

sanje on October 12, 2012:

You sad old men, why are you so fat and ugly, hope you die

jill on October 12, 2012:

sadddos!!!!!!! XD

peeps on October 12, 2012:

this is not about the titanic

Ja on September 11, 2012:

He wasn't on the titanic lovey dates are wrong! Where on earth did u hear that

Rae Bradshaw on September 05, 2012:

I'm doing this in my history class at school and it was easy enough for him to get away with it and he might have been a doctor he might not have been but this is just gruesome but compared to murders now aka serial killers all over america and sometimes england he kind of set the example to them.

briana townsend on August 14, 2012:

tht is so sick

angelinia walker on August 02, 2012:

this just makes me feel realy bad.i herd that he was on the titanic

nathan on July 22, 2012:

If you look into all the murders and get every last bit of details that there are on it, youll notice that all 5 of the victims were linked together, he didn't kill just anyone he came across. all I know is that he knew all 5 and they knew him too.

ann on July 21, 2012:

jack was a sick person. someone had to no.some no him.

ryam on July 13, 2012:


sammy on July 12, 2012:

i think jack the ripper needed special help from a phciatrist! lol :O

john on July 02, 2012:

god know,s who he is(was) and one day he have too tell him (god that is )

UR MUM on June 28, 2012:

your ALL REALLY SAD...........................................

??????? on June 25, 2012:

well h emight have done write because he saw these women selling there sef and said well why dont i end it for them so they dont have to do it all there life and i will make it grusome so people are scared to do it so they

bob on June 22, 2012:


james on June 20, 2012:

jack the ripper was a bad man

Troll on June 19, 2012:

i think it is disgusting what he did and it is wrong in every way but i think it was very, very clever how he got away

Sarah on June 16, 2012:

He is the most weirdest person trying to kill people for what. He didn't get anything at the end. HE DIED !! LOL.

Ian on June 05, 2012:

gee he was really great

Jack on May 28, 2012:

You're all a bunch of loonies if any of you think you're right. Ha. Ha. You think I'm a doctor. You think I'm a morgue assistant. A police officer. A woman. A man with a whore for a wife. Just a 'curious' man. Ha. Ha. You're all wrong, now if any man is brave enough..

Catch me if you can.

-Jack the Ripper

Slasherpop on May 25, 2012:

True...... red haired girls and blond haired girls are stupid....but blond haired girls are really hot...........Brown haired girls are smart and hot to......

Demon on May 23, 2012:

Jack the ripper only killed girls cause they are weak and can't fight that good they be scared even when this guy comes in and kills them they ain't going to do nothing they just going to stand there in shock being a little girl and screaming their heads off till he kills them. women are stupid when it comes to things like this.

shaz on May 23, 2012:

Joseph Barnet,the ginger beer bottle left in mary kellys room the ink. the missing heart. broken heart. the pipe he left behind. forgotten. then the description. and finally the catch me if you can fishermans phrase?OR it was netly and the masons? what happened to baby alice? Do the detective is not that hard!!!why was the queen involved? her physician maybe?

Slasherpop on May 22, 2012:

Jack the Ripper was a seral killer in London, England. He only killed women because it was a easy target. He also did it for his sexual amousment.

Jackdaw 1888 on May 22, 2012:


Jack the Ripper was but an imaginary figure created by Royalty, the Masons... and the hand of a painter - Walter Sickert

Jack still remains a mystery well over a century since his brief appearance.

The truth surrounding the Whitechapel murders has been silenced forever.

Much like a traitor locked away in the 'tower'

And its tale will never be told.

However, maybe some of the answers to the enigma can be found in ART?


The names of Walter Sickert and Jack the Ripper are made up by 13 letters.

Both names can be split into 4 decibels / sounds - ie

WAL - TER - SIC - KERT ........ JACK - THE - RIP - PER

In both names there are exactly the same vowels positioned in exactly the same order.

These being A E I E

w A l t E r s I c k E r t

j A c k t h E r I p p E r

The first letter of the victims surnames are?

S tride C hapman K elly E ddowes T abram = SCKET

Mary Ann Nichols = MAN

We 'commoners' may never know the answers re Whitechapel 1888.

Nonetheless my research will continue.

For I know that my findings are both novel and unique.

RIP - Stephen Knight

Kind Regards and have a nice day!

Jackdaw :-)


Should you wish to see the clues that Walter Sickert secreted within his portraits re The Royal Conspiracy and the images of Jack the Ripper :-



Alex on May 19, 2012:

Jack the ripper is one of the worlds most infamous killers.being he knew the exact location of the liver does in fact tell us he is an educated man or a man of medicine; however, the lack of skill in the removal of the organ puts doubt on the fact. I myself believe he was at least somewhat introduced in the medical field. he had certain knowledge only a man science would know. i believe the the removal of the organs was sloppy due to the fact he was rushed in each murder. trying to carry out proper dissection in an open street. Come on people we all know he would not have had the time to do it right. putting all the facts on the table in front of you clearly shows he had knowledge of medicine.

Josh on May 19, 2012:

Didint someone escape?

Hannah on May 17, 2012:

Hey you got all the facts right, but I was juse wondering what about Martha Tabran and Emily Dimmock?


kristianna on May 16, 2012:

A friend of mines greatgranma said it was a member of the royal family.

Krh on May 16, 2012:

He was my greay grandpa....i dont really care though....

adam on May 15, 2012:

wtf this has no point what so ever who wuld want to learn about this. i would.

armanius on April 27, 2012:

Weishaupt was not seeking to create a secret society whose aim was to enslave mankind, but one which sought to liberate man and cultivate his freedom and morality. Weishaupt writes of how any person wishing to join the Order of the Illuminati out of a thirst for power is acting contrary to the society's aims:

'If you seek power, might, false honour, excess, then ... we shall leave you to the consequences of your folly

. His real idea was that relidgion, money, power corrupted. Read Nesta Webster's Plot against civilization or world Revolution. Illumination is a very great thing, it has its polarities ( oposits

armanius on April 27, 2012:

Weishaupt was not seeking to create a secret society whose aim was to enslave mankind, but one which sought to liberate man and cultivate his freedom and morality. Weishaupt writes of how any person wishing to join the Order of the Illuminati out of a thirst for power is acting contrary to the society's aims:

'If you seek power, might, false honour, excess, then ... we shall leave you to the consequences of your folly

Adam weishoupt was against the way total power corrupted. He didn't like the way knowledge was hidden & not made availble to all. He seen that the money lenders & property owners kept control. He even said the first man who put the illusion on the people by saying," this river is mine of piece of land pulled a quick one overthe peoples eyes. So he was against civilization in that manner. He belived the all land, knoledge & water,was for all. He was a Jesuit in the catholic church & didn't like it because religion was a form of control. He started the illuminati in Bavaria. He got backing from the Rothschild because he needed money. That was the worse act he ever did they are for &everything he was against.; making the Illuminati corrupt= freemasons. Builders of civlization after everyone falls. They make sure that they stay behind the sceins running things royal corts government & all. The people in the whitechapel area were very poor. They left their coutry to find a better way. Remeber Qeen Victoria was the Queen that nitted all the Royal bloodlines together so the countries these people left were partly hers. A sewage treatment plant was more inportant than her subjects. I t was made to resemble a palace, it had marble floors brass trimming & guess where she had it placed, right in the middle of the whitechapel area. People started to grow ill from it. Very sad when we don't relize that civilization means to be civil to each other & have compassion. To have impathy & make it our problem to educate & help our bothers because I am my brothers keeper.

Jackal on April 27, 2012:



Chloe on April 22, 2012:

Im related to Mary Ann Nichols the fist victim.

Armanius on April 21, 2012:

It is simple to solve. Who had the most to gain or loose. The Freemasons were invovled. The killing were a cover up just like now they control the masses with fear. The killer could not have been an ondinary man. At this time most people could not reed. These were masonic killing done with surgical percison. Ritual killings as the Egyption did while removing of organs. The Petagram trangle up one down+ each other the ancient syble that the (Bauer) put it together making the so called star of david. They hung a Red sign on their door so dealer would know they are of the ancient bloodline that has been mannipulting humanity after the fall keeping us in darkness. Queen Victoria was the blood that seald all the roal familes together. Her nephew had a son & he was married to a catholic not good for the church of England & not the illuminati that were once knights of the Temple. They need to keep us in a illusion of freedom while the universe is mind =spirit. The Ancient Egyption& Greeks tried to re educate the world but there are those that for power & greed will destroy everthing. herodotus was called the father of all lyers. Solon brought back truth but was not able to tell of it. We Use oil, Fossil fulls when tesla showed thw we can tap in the Earth's Ley Lins as the Egyptions did. I could bing all sorts of things to the table but you cattle know one thing & that is how to get fatten up for you slaughter. The Ripper was a ceation of the Engish Royals & their flunkies. Why do the Brits Worrship the norman bloodline when we are engl Saxons. William the basterd (conquer of the last of the celt Englo, & Saxon. Let not thank them for their tyrrany " God save the Merovingian bloodlines. Remember your goverment always has your best interest at heart....... NOT Killing in the name of Johova the first nazi. Hey lets burn down library of Alexandria, only in the name of god or country. I got got a great plan start a war & pray to god that our side kills more Since its the same god . Cattle wake up!

JTR on April 13, 2012:

i think fredrick deely done this thats all i have to say

Adam the Ripper on April 01, 2012:

I believe that most people can learn from Jack the Ripper from Adam the Ripper because he is a serius person to have under your belt to think with because you do not understand anything. In life or the real human conveying issues to manipulate time to water and air. Making the belief of human connection stronger to the conenction of god. The ability of this post of natural being ordinary is simmilar to Adam the Rippers mind. The dream then was to become popular.

A Girl with a Clue on March 15, 2012:

I don't believe it was a doctor, but a butcher, or butcher's assistant. I also wonder, has anyone considered that it could have been a Jew after another Jew? Because of the writing on the wall? Syphilis has also been speculated on because of how he mutilated the faces of the women. Food for thought anyway.

.... on March 15, 2012:

from hell is not the real story

cyclometre on March 15, 2012:

Deena, I think your theory is just about the closest but obviously we will never know. As for those people who name call and abuse others on this site just ask yourself why you need to do that? Everyone is entitled to an opinion. There are 7 billion people on the planet all with their own unique story to tell. Chill out and enjoy all these differences and you will have a more pleasurable life.

Kvothe on March 15, 2012:

To the people who think these crimes were committed by free masons or masons. You guys are simply stupid, you obviously don't know the true history of the Freemasons. So instead of watching stupid, irrelevant movies, go to the library and research it, dumbasses.As well as the people who think the queen's nephew is the suspect, why would the queen's nephew even bother killing women? He's the queen's nephew for christ sake! Also if you read the whole article you would get a glimpse of understanding why he would do what he did to those poor women. R.I.P

nural on March 11, 2012:

I walk to work near most his killings every day creepy.

Colleen Mackill on March 10, 2012:

Does anyone know how they tried to solve the case??? its really comfusing and im trying to write my term paper for english....... thanks :)if you have an answer you can reach me at

tyler silk on March 09, 2012:

jack the ripper was the queen victorias nepew prince eddie the duke of clarence and i think he was jack the ripper because when the murders stopped in the uk and started in the usa he was in the usa and thats wh7y i think he killed the hookers.:( chalie sheen would be very upset if this happened today

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