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Serial Killer Sunday: Jack the Ripper

Warning: Do not read these posts if you are easily affected by gore/abuse. Read at your own risk.

So, for those of you who don’t know I am insanely interested in serial killers. Mainly because I don’t understand why anyone would be capable of committing their crimes, which also makes me incredibly interested in the concept of psychopathy and sociopathy. I know that I’m not the only person in the world thats interested in this, so I decided to start a segment on my blog called “Serial Killer Sunday” where I write about a serial killer each Sunday! (Probably not every Sunday lets face it). If there is anything extra you want me to know about a serial killer, or there’s one that you want me to write about, please let me know in the comments or by contacting me on any of the sites listed on the side of my blog!

And to start off this series I thought that I would start with a serial killer who everybody has heard of, one that was never actually caught but everyone has heard his name…

Year’s active: 1888 possibly until 1891
Number of Killings: 5 accepted, possible 18.
Killing method: Strangulation
Year caught: Never Caught
Where now: Unknown

Jack the Ripper is considered one of the first ever recorded and most famous serial killer of all time. With five known victims that were heavily mutilated and over a hundred years later, his identity is still unknown.

The killings occurred in the east end of London in 1888. Even now, you can take a tour in London, at night, around where the killings took place, I wouldn’t be brave enough to do that! 
The name “Jack the Ripper” came from letters supposedly from the serial killer who signed them with that name. During the time, however, the serial killer was
often referred to as “The White chapel Murderer” or “Leather Apron”. Jack the Ripper’s victim count is often disputed over, it is generally accepted that he had five victims, however there are twelve more murders that were believed to have been the work of Jack the Ripper, but were never officially confirmed, if you want to read more detail on the victims click here

Jack the Ripper was known for mutilating and removing parts of the body of his victims. This is what lead to the possibility that Jack the Ripper could be in the surgical profession as in one instance he removed a kidney without damaging any other organs and in another case he removed sexual organs with one stroke of the knife. His method of murder was actually strangulation.

Jack the Ripper sent a number of letters to the press and the police. Only some were deemed genuine by the press and released in the hope that someone would recognise the handwriting. However, some people, even now, believe that all of the letters were fake and that “Jack the Ripper” made no contact with the authorities or the press. If you want to look at and read all of the letters click here. However, I am going to discuss two of his letters that perhaps are the most well known;


Dear Boss,
I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shan’t quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn’t you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife’s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.
Yours truly
Jack the Ripper
Dont mind me giving the trade name
PS Wasnt good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it No luck yet. They say I’m a doctor now. ha ha

This letter is the first letter in which the name “Jack the Ripper” was used. Sent to the central news agency on September 27th 1888, it was first considered a fake, until days later a double murder proved them wrong, particularly when a earlobe was cut off one of the bodies.

From hell.

Mr Lusk,


I send you half the Kidne I took from one woman and prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer


Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk

This was a letter sent to George Lusk, president of the whitechapel vigilance committee, it was recieved with half a human kidney that is believed to have belonged to Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Rippers victims.

There were many suspects in this case, recently it has been suspected that Jack the Ripper was infact Queen Victoria’s surgeon. If you want to read the full article on this click here

I hope that you enjoyed this segment on my blog and that you may have even learnt something about jack the ripper that you didn’t know. Check back soon to learn about another serial killer! Do you have anything to add to jack the ripper? Is there a particular serial killer you want to know more about? Let me know!

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