25 Interesting Facts About Jack The Ripper You Might Not Be Aware Of

Many of the most petrifying acts of violence in history have been committed by serial killers. Always looking for their next victim, these murderers kill again and again, never fully satisfied by their bloody deeds. Their twisted motivations—and even more twisted techniques— make them some of the most sickening and frightening criminals who ever lived. However, probably the scariest serial killer trait is the fact that many serial killers look like any average member of the community. They might even seem like someone you could trust with your kids.

The first recorded serial killers date back to the Roman Empire when a group of matrons were said to have poisoned men using a deadly ring, but the very first man who managed to shock the world with his brutal crimes was the man we all know as Jack the Ripper. From August 7 to September 10, 1888, he terrorized the Whitechapel district in London’s East End. Since then, his name has been synonymous with terror and today he remains one of England’s, as well as the world’s, most infamous criminals and arguably the most famous serial killer in history. Get ready because today we bring 25 Interesting Facts About Jack The Ripper you might not be aware of.

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The plethora of theories as to the killer’s identity, ranging from the famous Victorian painter Walter Sickert to a Polish immigrant and even the grandson of Queen Victoria, have all contributed to a culture of folklore and ghoulish entertainment.

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There were a number of suspects, but only three remained under suspicion. Aron Kosinski, was a Polish immigrant, Montague John Druitt, a barrister, and Michael Ostrog, a Russian doctor, who were all maniacs and hated prostitutes.

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During the time when Jack the Ripper was gaining notoriety, many prostitutes had been murdered in Whitechapel. Eleven of these were registered by the London Metropolitan Police Service. Of these eleven, it's believed five had the same peculiarities, and were murdered by Jack the Ripper. These five were known as the Canonical Five; their bodies were ripped apart and their organs neatly extracted.

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The name “Jack the Ripper” originated in a letter purportedly written by the killer in 1888. However, the letter's authenticity has been highly debated.

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According to another theory, maybe Jack wasn’t "Jack" after all, but a woman, which was a theory posed by famed Inspector Frederick Abberline at the time of the killings. According to Donald McCormick, author of The Identity of Jack the Ripper published in 1959, Abberline raised the theory in a conversation with his mentor, Dr. Thomas Dutton after the murder of Mary Kelly. Testimony given by Caroline Maxwell, who lived in the area, was central to the argument.

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