Jack the Ripper

By: Josh Escobar and Cheyenne Gregory

Summary

Jack the Ripper is one of the most notorious serial killers in the Victorian Era. Murdering only five victims over the course of a year but never getting caught by the authorities. His only victims were prostitutes in their late 30s and 40s. Looking into each murder the victims were disemboweled and organs stolen. Authorities couldn’t understand why Jack was killing or his choice of victims. After many years the carnage that brought terror still couldn’t be solved.

Key Players

P.C. Watkins, a policeman

George Lusk, chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee

Sir William Gult, royal physician

Suspects: Severin Klosowski (also went by George Chapman) , Dr. Thomas Neil Cream and Montague John Druitt. These were the key suspects

Scotland Yard, investigation agency

Victims: Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, Eliza Anne Smith “Annie Chapman,” Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jeanette Kelly.

Fun Facts

The police made a theory that Jack might actually be a “Jill,” a mad midwife who was killing prostitutes to practice her abortion techniques.

He only killed six people but authorities charged him with eleven murders

Authorities received over seven hundred connections claiming to be from Jack

Jack killed on random but he had a hatred for women

One of the suspects of being Jack the Ripper was Prince Albert Victor but he could possibly be Jack because he wasn’t in London at the time

Jack left clues about who he was but authorities still could not figure it out

Modern technology could solve this case but records were destroyed and lost

What is a mystery?

A mystery is when something unexplainable happens or it is difficult to understand

Where it took place?

London but the first murder was in an alley of a place called Buck’s Row in the East End of London, Victorian era

When it took place?

  • Killing started in 19th century, Victorian Era.

Why is it mysterious?

It’s mysterious because he only murdered women and he was never caught.

Citations

Powell, Phelan. "Jack the Ripper." Major Unsolved Crimes. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2000. Print.

VIGLIOTTI, JAKE. "10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Jack The Ripper." Listverse. 21 Feb. 2014. Web.

<http://listverse.com/2014/02/21/10-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-jack-the-ripper/>.

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