JACK THE RIP­PER AT LOOSE IN LON­DON

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The sav­agely grue­some mur­ders of five women, all pros­ti­tutes, com­mit­ted over three months in the Whitechapel slums, spread shock and fear across Lon­don. The police were be­wil­dered. Door-to-door in­quiries, thou­sands of in­ter­views, dozens of sus­pects de­tained (butch­ers and sur­geons were in­ves­ti­gated due to the na­ture of the mu­ti­la­tions) and taunt­ing let­ters pur­port­edly from the killer left de­tec­tives no nearer to the iden­tity of ‘Jack the Rip­per’. All the while, the growth of cheap, mass-cir­cu­lated news­pa­pers turned the case into an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion as read­ers, dis­turbed and mor­bidly en­rap­tured in equal mea­sure, pored over the grisly de­tails.

HIT THE ROAD JACK Most of the Rip­per’s vic­tims were dis­cov­ered in the street, start­ing with Mary Ann Ni­chols – whose death made the front page of The Il­lus­trated Police News

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