Jack the Ripper’s First Victim

Mary Ann Nicols Grave | Courtesy of funerabilia.pl
Mary Ann Nicols Grave | Courtesy of funerabilia.pl

Born on August 26, 1845 in London England, Mary Ann Walker was raised by locksmith Edward Walker and his wife Caroline. She married William Nichols, a printer’s machinist, in 1864; however, the couple divorced due to Mary’s drinking habits and prostitution allegations. Mary, now Mary Anne Nichols, continued practicing prostitution and was known for moving between workhouses and boarding houses, and living off charitable donations.

Jack was found only to kill in the early hours of the morning | Courtesy of TopYaps.com

Prostitutes in Europe were regarded with mixed feelings in the nineteenth century. An awareness for the vulnerability of women prostitutes was fairly low and they were treated with curiosity as well as disgust. They had few economic options for making their way in the world and the women themselves were generally born into poverty and had little education or work skills. London prostitutes, especially those who operated on the streets, regularly picked the pockets of the men they preyed on. They kept an eye out for drunkards, from whom they could steal without the risk of being caught. However, this wasn’t the case with Mary as she herself spent most of her waking hours under the influence. Prostitution was very much frowned upon in London, and the women engaging in the profession were seen as the lowest of the low. It wasn’t unusual for men to beat and kill a prostitute after a ‘session,’ so when Mary Ann was found dead with her skirt lifted above her stomach, it was nothing out of the ordinary.1

The night in question was August 30, 1888. A heavy rain was falling on London during one of the coldest and wettest summers on record. Mary Ann was last seen walking down Whitechapel Road, and more than likely she was there soliciting her trade. Prostitution was a very dangerous profession one hundred thirty years ago. With no proper policing and the women themselves looked upon as animals, people would do with them as they pleased. No wonder the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper’s’ victims were all prostitutes.2 They were easy targets, and he was able to get away with murder.

Nichols was often found in the lodging house on 18 Thrawl Street; however, on this specific night she was knocked back due to a lack of money.3 Mary wasn’t fazed by this though, and was on her way back to her ‘office,’ the streets. At 2:30 am she ran into Emily Holland, another worker, who described Mary to be drunk and staggered against a wall. She told Emily that she was off to find another ‘punter’ in an attempt to get her ‘doss’ money in order to rest her head that night.4 One can’t help but think that Mary was selected by Jack because of her drunkenness and through no fault of her own she was destined to a brutal ending because she was such an easy victim. Emily Holland was the last known person to interact with Mary, and only one hour later, at 3:40 am, the latter was found cold and lifeless on the side of Bucks Row, a mere ten minutes walk from where the interaction took place.5

Constable Thain and Sergeant Kerby both passed down Bucks Row at 3:15, but reported nothing out of the ordinary. One must wonder what Nichols was doing from 2:30 to 3:40. She was only ten minutes away from Bucks Row, yet was found dead there seventy minutes later. Another thought would be: what was Jack the Ripper doing during that time. 6

Nichols’ body was initially found by two workmen, who both decided to leave her lying, as they didn’t want to be late for work. However, they let a police officer know her whereabouts on their way. Major bruising was found on Mary’s body and five of her teeth were missing. Investigators put this down to the struggle. Nevertheless, there were several deep cuts along her abdomen, which shows that her attacker enjoyed closeness with his victim, whom he supposedly raped and then mutilated. One can only speculate on why these cuts were made as they were, in no pattern, and didn’t relate to anything. As the first kill, maybe Jack was experimenting with Mary, and she was some sort of sick puppet in which his fantasies could be played out.7

Mary was buried on Thursday, September 6 of that year in the City of London’s Cemetery.8 Two days later, another of Jack’s victims, Annie Chapman, was found in the back garden of a London flat.9 Her womb had been removed and her body left horrifically mutilated. Jack the Ripper had indeed struck a second time. He wasted no time in preparing his second victim, yet this time it was more brutal than the first. One may wonder if Jack had attempted to remove Mary’s womb, but was perhaps disturbed and fled the scene before he could complete the operation.10 Jack the Ripper’s third victim was Elizabeth Stride. She was found at 1:00 am in Dutfield’s Yard, London. The fact that her throat had been cut, but the rest of her body had not been touched, led to speculation that her killer had been interrupted. This links with Mary Ann’s case because it is believed that Jack was also interrupted while working on her. One may believe that Jack liked the excitement of being caught, as he seemed to carry out his kills in the middle of streets. The fourth victim was found in Mitre Square in the City of London at 1:45 am. Catherine Eddowes was savagely mutilated by The Ripper, as her face was torn off and her uterus was missing along with her kidney. Clearly, Jack had not been interrupted this time. On November 9, the body of Mary Kelly was found in her room in Miller’s Court at 10:45 am. She had been virtually skinned to the bone and many experts believed that she was Jack the Ripper’s final victim. This was a fitting finale for the sick monster, as he chose a private area in order to carry out his most disturbing kill of all.11

For well over one hundred years since the time of the murder of Mary Ann and the rest of Jack’s victims, the identity of the killer has been regularly questioned, with nearly one hundred suspects having been named in the process. While many theories exist, none of them have proven to be indisputably convincing. Many think the Ripper was a commoner, possibly a butcher or other tradesman, who lived locally and was employed during the week, explaining why the murders occurred on or near the weekend. A lot of experts also agree that the Ripper was a local to Whitechapel. One of the most compelling suspects was Thomas Hayne Cutbush, who was a violent youth diagnosed insane at the time of the murders in 1888, and was believed to be wandering the streets of London throughout the time of the killings. Subsequently, the murders then stopped after Cutbush was locked up. Disappointingly, this information, along with more evidence, did not prove that Cutbush and Jack the Ripper were the same man; but there was enough evidence to keep Cutbush on the suspect list.12

The finger of suspicion was first pointed at Cutbush in 1894, by The Sun newspaper.13 The article claimed that despite the popular theory of the Ripper being dead, he was in fact a mental patient. The Sun’s detailed description clearly resembled that of Cutbush. The suspicion was that the Metropolitan Police covered up his guilt to avoid the embarrassing outcry that would have followed if the country’s most feared serial killer was found to be Superintendent Henry Cutbush’s nephew. Henry was a high ranked officer, whose reputation could have been seriously damaged if his relative was found to be Jack the Ripper. This is another reason why Thomas Cutbush was actively considered as a suspect.

Some named Cutbush as the No 1 Ripper suspect, but others have strongly denied this theory. Its main weakness is that the last known Ripper victim died in November 1888, at the end of the eleven week killing spree. If Cutbush was the killer, it seems odd that he would commit five murders over such short a period of time, stop for more than two years, and then commit one more assault, in which his victim survived. But there is almost no chance that the case will ever be solved. Thomas Hayne Cutbush remains top of the suspect list.14

It’s an eerie thought that this case will never be solved and even if it is, there is no one to suffer the consequences. It’s even scarier to think that there may currently still be serial killers on the run now that will also never be found and charged for their crimes. There will never be any justice for Jack the Rippers victims, but they can be certain they will never be forgotten.

 

  1. Mary Spongberg, The Body of the Female Prostitute in the Nineteenth-Century (New York, NY: New York University Press, 1997), 83-85.
  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica, July 1998, s.v, “Jack the Ripper, English Murderer,” by John Phillip Jenkins.
  3. Knocked back means dismissed.
  4. A punter is a client. Doss is rent.
  5. Stephen P. Ryder, “Casebook Jack the Ripper,” Victims: Last Addresses, August 14, 2009, 2, www.casebook.org/victims/polly.html.
  6. Stephen P. Ryder, “Casebook Jack the Ripper.” Victims: Last Addresses, August 14, 2009, 2, www.casebook.org/victims/polly.html.
  7. Salem Press Encyclopedia, January 2016, s.v. “Jack the Ripper,” by Cait Caffrey.
  8. Death Certificate: no.370. 25 September, 1888. http://www.casebook.org/victims/polly.html
  9. back garden is a backyard.
  10. William D. Rubenstien, “The Hunt For Jack the Ripper,” Ripper Diaries, (May 2000): 1-3.
  11. Richard Jones, “Jack The Ripper 1888,” Victims (13 March 2016): 3.
  12. Andy McSmith, “Madman’s notes throw new light on Ripper case,” The Independent article London, (19 November 2008).
  13. A tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  14. Richard Wheatsone, “Ripping Discovery,” The Sun (16 September 2017).
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  • Very well written. It was like telling a horror story. The details of the crimes like the mutilation, victimology, and the background information really brought me into the story. Its sad that society didn’t pay attention because she was a prostitute it makes you realize it hasn’t changed much over the years. Except the technology we have now could probably prevented that second murder.

  • I had always heard about a person nick named jack the ripper but my mind had never had anyone to relate that to. I’m glad I read this very well written and thought out informative piece. It was very detailed and I find the author captured the essence of why women are still taught today to be afraid of walking around at night. Thank you.

  • This article was very informative! I have heard of Jack the Ripper, but I did not know everything. I find it really disturbing that a common theme amongst cereal killers is their desire of solely women. The name, “Jack the Ripper”, always came up but it wasn’t until now that I actually understood where the name came from. Like I have said with other articles, it is sad to see how the things portrayed in horror movies happen in real life an di believe that it is our duty to ensure history does not keep repeating itself.

  • Before the article I did not have heard of Jack or “The Ripper” before. It is impacting how he take out these women lives. It is sad how people can do these kinds of criminal acts without any mercy. I like how the story is narrated with the details. Very informative article and keep it up with the good work.

  • Jack the Reaper is an iconic figure in London’s history because of his success in murdering people and not being ever caught, because of the gruesome way he murdered his victims, and just because people toady love serial killers. I think he murdered prostitutes to show his opinion about them, but it might have been because they were easy targets, since he could study his victims easily on the streets and determine a precise moment and time to murder them. Good article!

  • Jack the Ripper is probably one of the most known killers throughout history without really being known. Its incredible how he could never be find out, not even years later. He is one of those few mysteries that will remain forever a mystery. I think a great deal about this is the bad way the police handled the situation, and in so never really giving it the right importance until it was to late.

  • I’ve heard Jack the Ripper mentioned in books and movies, but it’s eye-opening to read about how brutal he truly was. Just because Mary was a drunk and easy victim, it’s sad to think that her life choices that she made out of necessity put her in the spot she was in. It goes to show that even the choices you think are for your best interest, can lead you down a dangerous path.

  • This was a very well-written article with many interesting aspects to it. There are so many parts to the story that really raise an eyebrow. Why were those who found her so careless. It is an interesting thought to think what would happen today if what happened during Jack the Ripper’s first murder, happened now. I for one, think that those that found her would definitely be considered as suspects because they were the first coincidentally on the scene of the murder with the murderer no where in sight, and they didn’t even stay.

  • I have heard Jack the Ripper’s name countless of times, but I never really knew what it was that he did. I knew that he was a serial killer, but I was not aware of who his victims were or the terrible things that he did to them. This is a very interesting article that deserves it nomination. I am disturbed that someone could do the things that the ripper did and never get caught. It is scary to know that there are people like this running free around the world.

  • This was a great article to read and it had great amounts of information and I also like the way you organized it as well. I had known about Jack the ripper before but did not know the specifics of him. This was really interesting to read as it really caught my attention and once I started reading the article wouldn’t let me leave, it was really interesting so good job.

  • This article really was disturbing. i don’t think those women deserved that, yes they were selling their bodies, but they don’t deserve to die . i really don’t like Jack the ripper, hes sick. This was a great article don’t get me wrong. i just hate how people can take lives away. Everyone’s life matters. Your article was very informative, i thought i knew about Jack but you informed me even more thank you for sharing.

  • Great article. I think what has made Jack the Ripper so notorious is the amount of fear he brought to the streets and how he wasn’t caught. I liked how you chose to focus on the story of the first victim and not the entire group of victims. It really helps with capturing the story better since it’s not spread out.

  • Jack the Ripper is one of the worlds most disturbed and mysterious killers. The fact the he brutally murdered so many women and was never caught is one of the scariest things to think of. And the fact that there are so many suspects but none of them confirmed adds to the horror of the sort of Jack the Ripper.

  • Jack the Ripper is a name I have heard time and time again, however I never knew exactly who he was or his story besides the fact that he was a killer/ murderer. It’s horrible to read about the way these women’s lives were taken by Jack or “The Ripper”. No matter their profession, no one deserves to have their lives ended like that. In the end this article was very informational and well written. It is no wounder why it was put up for an award.

  • As horrible as this story is, the article was very informative to read. It is a shame how people can have so much evil in this world and carry-on with their everyday lives knowing that they killed innocent people. It is so good today that police have the technology to catch criminals and serial killers to put a stop to their horrible crimes. I enjoyed reading this descriptive story.

  • In elementary school, I had a book that detailed the story of Jack the Ripper, and it terrified me. A relentless killer out in the streets of London. What I felt was worse was that he was never caught, and this mystery will most likely never be solved. I liked how you gave a lot of detail regarding his first murder and how it was difficult to catch him.

  • Having just read the article on the Zodiac Killer, it was delightful to hear more about the actions of a famous killer. In both cases, the perpetrator was never found, something incomprehensible to me. Our police and government agencies can know exactly what I had for breakfast, yet they can’t catch someone who kills for fun. I have always heard the infamous name of ‘Jack the Ripper,’ yet until now, I did not know much about his tale. I am saddened at the loss of life that occurred. It does, however, make for a marvelous tale. Thank you!

  • Before reading this article, I had heard about “Jack the Ripper” but I never knew why they called him that. Although “The Ripper” was pure evil, I really enjoyed reading this well-written article! It is crazy to think how someone can just go around killing people. The murderer of many of these women was never found. It truly is heart aching to know that these cases were never solved.

  • This is such a good article! I really didn’t know anything about Jack the Ripper and truth be told I was a little surprised. I had no idea that he would go ahead and mutilate his victims and the idea that he got excitement from the thought of being caught it pretty sickening. I really liked how you put in Mary Ann’s death report though; its really cool.

  • Jack the Ripper has always been a fascinating figure to read about. Most depictions of Jack are of him wearing a black trench coat with a top hat on, so I wonder if that’s what witnesses really described him as. The crime scene photos of the victims, especially Mary Kelly’s, are very disturbing, showing just how sadistic Jack was. Unfortunately, I doubt that we will ever find out Jack’s real identity. Outstanding job on the article!

  • The Jack the Ripper story is very interesting to me because they never find out who he is exactly. It’s crazy to think that the man that committed all those horrible murders could’ve still been walking the streets even after the murdering stopped. He committed such gruesome murders that I would think no human could commit. This was a great article to read good job!

  • Great article! I do remember hearing about Jack The Ripper through a Criminal Minds episode I watched a couple years ago. In that episode there was a copycat killer, that preformed murders exactly like Jack. However, I was unaware of the depth of The Ripper’s lack of empathy – it is truly chilling. The detail and specifics in your article definitely keep the reader interested and on edge throughout! Well done!

  • This article certainly gave me the chills. It was not only extremely exhilarating, but also insightful! I had never hear of Jack the Ripper or his victims. It is extremely unfortunate that even with our advanced technology, there are still many unsolved murders. What I found most intriguing is how all these murders occurred in a short time period of just eleven weeks. Also, every murder committed would significantly be worse and more excruciating. I can only imagine how terrified the town was during all these horrific events.

  • Outstanding article! The cover picture I think really caught my attention though, as on the grave it said “Victim of Jack The Ripper”. I found this strange and disrespectful to Mary, but it shows how known Jack was and in a since was used as a threat or warning to women prostitutes. His cruel way of killing and the fact that it was done mostly in public makes me wonder why his identity was never discovered. Is it possibly that one man could be so good at committing murders that he could do it whenever and not be caught?

  • I thought this article was very interesting as to who Jack the Ripper’s first victim was. I agree with the author about how even if this crime were to be solved one day, it would have no affect on anyone. But although he is not talked about much today, it is still a very interesting topic to talk about that I enjoyed reading.

  • This was a total learning experience for me! I had no prior knowledge about who Jack the Ripper was, so thanks for providing this well-written insight! First of all great introduction, it caught my attention the minute I read it. Yet again, this is a horrific case that investigators have found no answers. It is truly amazing how he would go on to murder even more people. Overall, great article!

  • In my forensics class I was so used to only learning about the serial killers background, what he did to his victims, and why he did such things. However, the way this article is structured, tells the story of the way some of his first victims lived which is something new for me. I am glad that you chose a serial killer as part of your article topic because it brings attention to the type of people that can be around you without noticing and the cruelty that happens around the world,

  • i have heard of Jack the Ripper and knew that he was a killer but i didn’t know what group of people he was killing. when i read he removed the womb of the woman he murdered i was very shocked. its almost like he was trying to take all the prostitutes off the streets by killing them. but the way he was doing it was very disturbing and he had to have been 51/50.

  • It’s easy to come across the topic of Jack The Ripper, but I don’t think most people come across the story of his victims. To see how he started off and evolved as a killer shows just how twisted he became the more time he spent with his victims. It’s easy to see how easily he got away from justice when the first murder was disregarded due to her profession.

  • This is a great article. I was not previously aware of who Jack the Ripper was until I read this article. I find it crazy that this is still an unsolved murder. I also find it crazy how he killed off so many women in his murders and each one became worse. This article was well written and it kept me wanting to read more.

  • Thank you for this well-written article! I have definitely heard of Jack the Ripper before, but I had never heard of the story of his first victim. Jack the Ripper has been subject to many myths, and it’s crazy to imagine the reason of its act. I am honestly still wondering what his motive was and I think no one will ever know for sure.

  • Great article! The introduction was spot on. Its interesting how you approached this article as well. Most people usually write about how we dont know who jack the ripper really is or about who they speculate he or she is. I knew nothing about what jacm the ripper actually did untill now. Could you imagine if this still occurs now with prostitutes. I know recently a few bodies were found in the deserts of arizon and this article makes me think about how we could habe a 2nd jacm the ripper happening now. Keep up the good work!

  • Jack the Ripper has created quite an impact and a very infamous name for himself. It’s gruesome to think about how he followed through with all of his crimes. The article was almost chilling, concluding with a fair warning of what people are capable of. The case uncovers many questions about the murderer and creates a storyboard of speculation. Much like how this article did. It was interesting, well written, and overall a great topic. It’s astonishing how this person could have continuously brutally murdered women and continuously got away with it. It serves as a warning to many; It’s important to be safe when wandering alone, I have always been told to maintain distance between any stranger around me and to make sure and tell a friend or family member of when and where I’m going.

  • This was a very interesting article! I have heard of the many brutal killings of Jack the Ripper, but I have never heard any specific names or situations that had taken place. The minds of serial killers are so confusing to me, because they are so demented and hard to understand. The mutilation of Jack the Ripper’s victims is so gruesome, and I am so sad to hear of people who actually enjoy committing these awful crimes.

  • Great article, I found it very informative. I never really knew much about Jack the Ripper other than the fact that he was a serial killer in London. Learning about his victims and what he did to the victims reminds me of scenes from a horror movie. It’s sad to say that there’s always not enough information to catch the killer. Those girls deserve justice and they will never get it simply because the Ripper was sadly good at what he did. Like many cases this will forever be unsolved but the story will go on forever. Lets just say people should really learn how to watch out for ourselves and other because you never know what someone is capable of until it is to late.

  • This article tackles Jack the Ripper through an unique perspective. Through Mary Ann Nichols, a narrative forms around a strong central character and an antagonist. The detail of the article gave a lot of insight that was enlightening about each of the cases. It is interesting that at the time Cutbush was incarcerated, the Ripper murders stopped. It is very plausible that he was the murderer. As one of the most popular unsolved mysteries, it frustrates me that we will never be able to know who committed these atrocities.

  • It was shocking to read in this article that murder of prostitutes was not unusual for the 1800’s. Oddly enough its unfortunate to read that her body was found early on but left there because people were on their way to work. The primary source image was so interesting to see the records of that unfaithful night also. The murder description were sad but also written so interesting and really opened my mind to how the murders actually occurred.

  • I have heard of Jack The Ripper but never knew in detail of the crimes he committed. It’s horrific to learn about the crimes he committed and the poor victims who suffered that fate. This article has really shined some light on who Jack the Ripper was. It’s terrifying that he was never caught and there was not enough evidence to convict the suspect.

  • Luckily, it’s harder to commit these types of heinous crimes without being caught eventually. Being a serial killer in Jack’s time was too easy for him. Murdering people left and right in the streets tells us this. His time wasn’t filled with the technology that we have today unfortunately. At least we no longer live in such an age.

  • Jack the Ripper is an infamous bad guy, even in this day in age, many people still know or have heard about Jack the Ripper. I can’t imagine living in London during the time that Jack the Ripper was still at large. Anyways, your article was fascinating, and it was a good read. It flowed well and made sense when reading. Keep up the good work, and I hope to read another one of your articles.

  • I have heard the story of Jack the Ripper many times and I think this article described the story great. I do also find it really scary that there are serial killers free today that may never be caught. This Jack the Ripper case is so old that justice for these victims will never be given and the person behind these murders is long gone. I do hope one day there will be some kind of system invented to make crime investigation sophisticated enough to leave no unsolved crimes. It leaves fear in society and doesn’t provide closer for victims and their families. Overall, this was a very interesting article to read.

  • I remember the story Jack the Ripper when I was a kid. I think that the article really portrayed the theme very well. This article caught my attention because I would always here about him but I never actually thought that there was actual cases amongst it. Reading about Jack the Ripper in this article gave me so much more knowledge than what I had before and also brought the story back to life again and sought to be real. Overall the article was very good in detailed and in setting the mood and tone of the article.

  • The story of Jack the Ripper is a scary one, and this article captured that theme well. Jack the Ripper is one of the reasons why women are afraid to walk alone, especially in the dark. The fact that there could be someone out there who thinks like Jack is frightening. Hopefully the true identity of the Ripper can be discovered because then some of the family members could have closure. This was a good article and told the story of Jack the Ripper well.

  • The case of Jack the Ripper is very curious and interesting. Undoubtedly, we can say that Jack the Ripper is the most known serial killer of all time. This character leaves more questions than answers, and if we analyze his actions deeply, we will find more questions than answers as well. I think that commenting on the horror of the above-mentioned is redundant, but I think if I can share my intrigues with you: What causes a human being to reach such cruelty? What part of the brain causes us to feel a taste for violence? Can people like Jack the Ripper recover? Serial killers are mentally ill or they are exactly like us? Is it possible to identify in the childhood people with the characteristics of Jack the Ripper? These questions need urgent answers, because from 1888 until today everything has gotten worse.

  • Jack the Ripper is a mystery in history that is just that history and full of speculation. If someone names a new person of interest how can it be proven since it happened more than a century ago? This article did a great job in giving the backstory of what occurred on the fateful night that Jake committed his first murder. As well as, a little backstory of his other victims that of the people presumed to be Jack the Ripper.

  • This article really makes you wonder how forensic evidence was at that time. If these series of events had occurred in present day would we have been able to identify the sick, infamous killer? The gory details are chilling and I can’t help but wonder what would make someone commit such horrific crimes and how they can live with themselves afterword.

  • This was a very interesting article to read. I never knew specifics about Jack the Ripper and when I was younger, I thought he was a made up person that children use to scare each other. It’s shocking to know that in those times, anyone could get away with murder. Nowadays, we have forensic technology that allows us to find DNA and multiple other things at a crime scene to lead us to the killer responsible for the crime. It leads me to wonder if they had the technology we have now during the times of Jack the Ripper, could he have possibly been caught? I think there would certainly be less suspects if the technology were present at that time.

  • As a kid I remember watching an adult cartoon about Jack the Ripper and being fascinated with the case. However, I never really knew what had happened to each victim in particular. I never knew how cruel the killings were. He literally mutilated and played with the victims organs after the killings. That is sick to even think about. I’m surprised he has never been caught. But overall great article.

  • Wow, this is a Jack The Ripper case explained in a way I haven’t seen it. I love that you involve the history at the time and how prostitutes were treated during that time. It makes you wonder if, the victims never got justice right away because of what they did… But that’s a whole other thing in itself. Anyways this is a great article and you do a great job of keeping the reader intrigued. I love a well written mystery and that is indeed what you have here.

  • Although I knew that Jack the Ripper was responsible for the deaths and mutilations of these women, I like that you emphasized the first victim. I had never thought that there had to be a first victim, one that perhaps confused and shocked the public the most due to the fact that they had never seen anything like that before. It is chilling to know that someone this demented and sadistic actually got away with all of these murders and is still nameless in history.

  • This article has enlightened me on the Jack Ripper, history and what he has done. I had very little knowledge on this topic and this had a lot to offer on the information side in the article. Giving good details on the murders he was involved in. Its unsettling that this guy was never caught, all those lives taken away. Article had very good images and the use of the details. Kept my attention the whole time very hard to stop reading, I have gain a good amount of knowledge on this topic.

  • Once again, I don’t see how someone can do things to people like this, they must not have a piece of their brain working or something. Jack the Ripper always came as a folk tale to me until I read this article. It’s crazy to think that no one will ever figure out who the murderer if these victims is. The evidence is left in history forever and seems somewhat pointless to even try and figure out.

  • Jack the Ripper is probably one of the most notorious killers of all time, and he is definitely heard of by many. I have heard of him, but I must also admit that there was so much about the story that I did not know. I was not aware of how brutal and gruesome the murders were. Reading the descriptions was almost too much for me to handle. It is such a tragedy that women were targeted because they were “easy” ones. Actually, it infuriates me. It is a harsh world for women to live in when there are deranged men like this who see women as objects and not people.

  • This was such an interesting and heartbreaking article to read. But what kept me reading was the mystery behind it all. I personally was not familiar with Jack the Ripper. What he did to all the women is horrifying to read, the fact that many of these women most likely had no other way of income, and were left with no option but to be prostitutes really makes you think of the circumstances these women were in, they knew they were in constant danger, but to be treated and taken advantage by man in such way, really allows you to see the evilness this man carried. How mentally ill he must have been to think that this was right. And the fact that nothing was done, there was no punishment or investigation at the time is really sad.

  • It was a very well written article. I was able to get a better understanding of how prostitution and prostitutes were viewed and learn a little bit about how things worked during that time. Crazy to think that many knew there was a possibility of getting killed. It is even crazier to know that these crimes have still yet to be solved and may never be.

  • I have heard about Jack the Ripper but I did not know the whole story. It is sad that it was normal to find prostitutes dead. They are humans not matter what their profession was. It is unsettling that they never found the person who did such horrific things. The article is good in explaining not only the events of what happened but also what may have been the cause of certain things. Like how Jack the Ripper may have been interrupted. Also, I wonder why we call him Jack the Ripper. In the article it just says people started calling him the Ripper. Where did the jack come from?

  • Concepts that involve death and mystery always make for an entertaining story. This article finds a way to tell of a rather dark and eerie subject in a manner that captivates the reader and keeps them wanting more. This is extremely admirable especially in an article that really has no answer. Jack the Ripper is a case that will haunt the dreams of individuals for centuries to come.

  • Jack the Ripper has always been an interesting topic to me. It was always interesting to see all the conspiracies people would come up with to conclude who really was Jack the Ripper and why he did what he did. I actually believed he killed many more women than 5 or 4. It is actually all very weird, makes anyone question why anyone would be sadistic enough to do something like this and what exactly drove them to the point.

  • I had never stopped to consider who Jack’s first victim, nonetheless was a fully aware of what he had done in the first place. I was unaware that he was never caught nor did I know that he aimed mainly for prostitutes. It is interesting to see that because of these insane killings that the discipline of forensics had developed into a very advanced unit in many countries today.

  • Benjamin Voy wrote a chilling article about the infamous killers of London Jack the Ripper. Voy uses fantastic description for the crimes of Jack the Ripper. He is able to captivate the reader’s attention by telling the scary story of Jack the Ripper’s first victim. This article is particularly interesting because it informs the readers of multiple concepts. For example, possible theories, suspects, and victims.

  • I knew little about Jack the Ripper prior to reading your article, and it is terrifying how this man dared to do the terrible things described on the article in plain sight. This man must have really been mentally ill to murder and mutilate women the way he did. I imagine prostitutes in London during that time might have been reluctant to go out to work in fear of encountering Jack the Ripper. Excellent article, it was very well developed and very engaging.

  • This article was wild, I had never heard of Jack the Ripper before reading this. It’s crazy how he targeted Prostitutes specifically and how it was just a chain of people that he killed. This story was told very well and it kept me captivated the whole time. From the very beginning it was a very well written article, I enjoyed it. 

  • I knew about Jack the Ripper, but I never knew about his victims being prostitutes or that each of his killings were more brutal than the last. It certainly is scary to think that people are so brutal and can get away with those kinds of crimes. I keep imagining how his victims felt during their last moments, I mean who was the last person they saw? Why didn’t they scream for help? I feel sympathy for all of them, it angers me to know that their lives were meaningless to society.

  • This article was very interesting to read. Tragic and sad what happened to these girls, but everyone always enjoys reading a horror story, especially when it is non-fiction. I had no idea that the police had such a serious suspect that had family ties with the police force. Interesting. I’ve heard other theories also that Jack the Ripper was a doctor due to the fact that he was removing specific organs. Awesome article overall!

  • This was a very informative article. I had read in history articles once about Jack the Ripper but this article does well in informing the reader about his acts. This article keeps you in suspense and gives you insight to Jack’s psyche. This article also sheds light on a problem that is very relevant today. Murders still exist, preying on those who many believe will not be missed. Overall this was a great informative article.

  • Great article, very descriptive on how jack killed his victims. I read that they had finally caught the reaper by dan on a scarf but in the year 2000s obviously jack has died because this was in 1888. I think because of the absence of policing and technology to find the correct suspect. Glad to have advanced detective teams and technology to avoided these unsolved mysteries.

  • Great article, it was very suspenseful. I liked it because of the fact it was so informative. I had previously heard,and saw a movie based on jack the ripper and it was intense, just like the article. I was shocked that these women were treated as an equivalent to nothing. People of England were fine with beating and killing these prostitutes, and it was acceptable at the time, a normal thing to see a dead prostitute around the streets. I felt so bad for the way they died, and dying in general, he had no remorse and gradually started to kill these women even more gruesome. In the end they never found who Jack the Ripper was which was not surprising. I liked this article, it was written really good, and was interesting.

  • I have always known of the infamous Jack the Ripper, but never specifically knew about his victims. This article was great in informing readers, like me, who were unaware of any information regarding the type of victims he targeted. This entire topic is very well-known, despite the tragic deaths of these poor young women. All of the Ripper’s murders occurred over a short period of just eleven weeks according to this article, which is horrific. The fact that the real Ripper and other serial killers were never found is most likely terrifying and disappointing to the families who have lost loved ones.

  • Great article Ben. Well written on a truly interesting subject matter. I can’t believe this case has still not been solved. Fabulous work

  • A extremely well written and put together article that I couldn’t look away from. Everyone knows the story of jack the ripper but reading it like this makes the story come to life again. Reading this makes you want to check your back where ever you go. Its easy to forget that there are people like that are out there and sadly not all of them get caught.

  • Made for an interesting read Ben – both about how society viewed prostitution and prostitutes in those days (and possibly still is the case) and how this insane murderer still hasn’t been truly identified. You spoke of how he steadily became more evil and aggressive in his murders; I would have liked more discussion on your thoughts of why he chose to attack and desecrate their lower abdomen and indeed womb. Did he feel this sort of woman should not be allowed to procreate! Should never be able to give birth to another of her type? Apart from this you discussed well how he continued to ‘get away with murder’ and what he potentially was like, his possible profession and how it related to the times and days of the murders. All food for thought in this still unsolved case.

  • Great article Ben, I was aware of the Jack the Ripper case however I wasn’t aware of the actual specifics of each case. This has really spread some light on the subject and gave me a much greater knowledge of it. I to also believe that it was Cutbush how was ‘Jack the Ripper’ but agree there was not enough evidence to give a clear cut decision on the matter. Well done, a truly exhilarating read.

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