The following article, consisting of excerpts from the memoirs of Ex-Chief Inspector, Tom Divall – who had, early on in his police career, been assigned to a beat as a constable in Whitechapel – appeared in The Gloucester […]Read Article
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From almost the beginning of the Whitechapel murders, the newspapers were full of accounts from people who claimed to have met Jack the Ripper. Almost all of these accounts were disregarded by the police, amounting as they did […]Read Article
Major Arthur George Frederick Griffiths (1838 – 1908) was the author of more than 60 books, the best known of which, as far as the public were concerned, were about sensational crime cases. In 1901, he published Mysteries […]Read Article
Long before the Jack the Ripper murders attracted attention to the grinding poverty that was inherent in the everyday lives of the poor of Whitechapel, newspapers were publishing articles that were critical of the way in which the […]Read Article
In late June, 1887, the Miss Cass case hit the headlines, and led to a barrage of press criticism towards the Metropolitan Police. Police Constable Endacott had arrested Miss Maria Cass, claiming that she had been soliciting for […]Read Article
It gives me great pleasure to bring you the seventh challenge of 2019 – the Jack the Ripper July 2019 Quiz. For those of you who regularly participate in answering the questions we set each month about the […]Read Article
At the end of June, 1887, Police Constable Endacott arrested Miss Maria Cass on Regent Street, and accused her of soliciting for purposes of prostitution. The case grabbed the public imagination and, in consequence, it received a huge […]Read Article
With the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, in the early hours of the 30th of September, 1888, the newspapers and the public alike went into an absolute frenzy of speculation and criticisms over the Whitechapel atrocities […]Read Article
The Whitechapel murders, which are now attributed to the criminal who became known as “Jack the Ripper”, certainly exposed some major shortcomings of the Detective Department of the Metropolitan Police. However, for several years prior to the onslaught […]Read Article
Parts of the Victorian East End of London were extremely violent – and all manner of disputes ended up with violence. The situation was helped by the fact that many of the people, men in particular, were routinely […]Read Article