On the 24th of October 1890, a double murder took place in Hampstead, in the north of London, that truly shocked Victorian society, not least because the victims were a mother and her 18 month old baby daughter. […]Read Article
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One of the most distressing things you come across when you read accounts of everyday life in the East End of London around the time of the Jack the Ripper murders, is the realisation of the sheer grinding […]Read Article
Almost as important as studying the Whitechapel Jack the Ripper murders themselves, is gaining a knowledge of the streets of the East End of London as they were around the time of the crimes. So much has changed […]Read Article
As mentioned in a previous article, domestic violence was extremely commonplace in 19th century London; and there are numerous press reports of spouses attacking, injuring – or even murdering – their wife or husband, – or their live […]Read Article
In 1832 Parliament passed the Anatomy Act in an attempt to curb the activities of the bodysnatchers. Up until that point, the only legal source of bodies for dissection by anatomy schools, medical men and students was the […]Read Article
By 1880 the Detective Force of the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard had been completely overhauled as a result of a scandal that had embroiled it in the late 1870’s. In 1877 three senior detective – Inspector […]Read Article
On October 12th, in 1886, charges were brought against 21-year-old Lois Schwich – whom the press dubbed “the female errand boy.” The next day she appeared at Marylebone Police Court charged with having stolen expensive cloth and clothing from […]Read Article
In the immediate aftermath of the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, the police – or, to be specific, the Metropolitan Police – came in for an awful lot of criticism owing to their seeming inability to […]Read Article
The nights are getting darker, the shadows are swirling, the tension is mounting, the marrow is chilling – and I’ve just run out of things to pad out this sentence! So, with words failing me – I would […]Read Article
In early August 1891 a lady by the name of Katherine Wohler was attacked in Whitechapel, and rumours began to circulate that the deed had been carried out by the same perpetrator who had carried out the Jack […]Read Article