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Exploring the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 and the origins of Jack the Ripper

Posted by Harbinger451 on April 30, 2014

Ripperology 101 CategoryWe are embarking on an investigation into one of the most persistent true crime mysteries that has now puzzled, perplexed and frustrated countless  criminologists and would-be detectives for over one and a quarter centuries… the identity of the person or persons unknown who committed the Whitechapel Murders. In most people’s mind there is one person associated with these crimes, the one and the only – Jack the Ripper! But that name is a fiction, a legend that became a myth… of the archetypal serial killer. The name “Jack the Ripper” first appeared in a hoax letter claiming to be from the Whitechapel killer that was sent to the Central News Agency on the 25th of September 1888. This “Dear Boss” letter, received on the 27th, was probably written by an enterprising journalist desperate for a scoop and to sensationalize the already sensational story even further… it worked. That name will now forever be associated with the Whitechapel murders – even if the real murderer or murderers are ever identified they will still be known by most as the Ripper.

Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel

Our investigation is in two main parts… in the section of our website entitled Ripperology 101, where the basic known facts of the case will be detailed and assessed – and in an upcoming eBook entitled ABYSS: A Chronicle of the Whitechapel Murders & the Origins of Jack the Ripper, where a very detailed timeline of events will be laid out.

From the website:

“In 1888 a spate of unsolved brutal attacks and increasingly gruesome murders of women befell the London East-End District of Whitechapel and its environs. These crimes would make the area world famous as the stalking ground of the mysterious, and as yet unidentified, killer now widely known as Jack the Ripper. The British Empire was at the height of its power and the City of London was its beating heart – the biggest and richest city in the world at the time. But London’s neglected East-End was massively overcrowded and the residents of Whitechapel in particular were horrendously impoverished. By any definition it was a rough place to live and police resources were stretched to the limit even before this series of unprecedented killings took hold.

      Of the fifteen attacks considered here as crimes directly relating to the Whitechapel Murders, eleven of them were ultimately fatal and all of them were committed by a person, or persons, unknown. All of the murder victims were women who were (probably) “unfortunates”, a euphemism of the time indicating that they were prostitutes. Many contemporary investigators assumed that all the attacks were related and committed by the same callous individual or individuals. However, most Ripperologists today think that as few as five of the murders can be said to have been carried out by the same hand.

      Other crimes that do not technically fit into the scope of the Whitechapel Murders will also be examined in these pages where pertinent connections, to either the Victims or the Suspects, can be theorised.”

Read more at Ripperology 101 as the investigation continues and the site expands – looking at the Victims, the Suspects, the Witnesses, the Investigators, the Trophies & Clues, the Weapons & MO, the Letters, the Theories and much, much more.

More on the upcoming eBook – ABYSS: A Chronicle of the Whitechapel Murders & the Origins of Jack the Ripper – will be released soon… watch this space.

Also: check out our digital newspaper – The Ripperology Gazette – a new, free, daily online ‘newspaper’ that correlates and presents all the latest news, updates, chatter and trends concerning the field of Ripperology, along with all things Ripper-related in fiction, film, games and even music. It explores the mystery of the 1888 Whitechapel murders and the origins and legacy of Jack the Ripper by featuring the most popular stories that are trending on the Twitter and Facebook social networks each day. Subscribe to never miss out on the latest Ripper-related news.

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