Throughout the 1880’s, the Victorian authorities had been grappling with the problem of how to deal with the huge numbers of poverty-stricken town and country dwellers that were to be found all over the country. Newly implemented methods […]Read Article
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In the wake of the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes – on the 30th September, 1888 – there was an upsurge of interest in the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields, and in the type of people one was […]Read Article
On Saturday, December 20th, 1924, the following article appeared in The Sphere in which the author, Thomas Burke, took readers on a nighttime wander around the streets of Spitalfields. In the introduction, the editor explained that, for the subject […]Read Article
On Friday, 20th January, 1889, Police Constable Graham, of the Gateshead police force, in the north of England, was murdered, and Edward Wilkinson was charged with the crime. That very night, the Mayor of Newcastle received a letter in […]Read Article
One of the issues that was being discussed by the Victorian press in the years leading up to the Jack the Ripper murders, was the reliability of witness statements in court, especially with regards to the evidence given […]Read Article
Either late in the evening of Thursday, 12th January, 1899, or early on the Friday morning of 13th January, 1899, a lady named Emily Wood was, supposedly, attacked as she made her way along Commercial Road in Whitechapel. She […]Read Article
Alois Szemeredy claimed that he was a “military surgeon.” In 1892, he was arrested in Vienna, on suspicion of murder and robbery, but he committed suicide whilst being held for questioning. In late September, 1892, articles began appearing […]Read Article
Barely has the year 1889 got underway than the residents of the East End of London were learning of another outrage that had taken place in their midst, this time in Limehouse. On Thursday, 10th January, 1889, John […]Read Article
Well, 2019 has now, well and truly arrived and, to celebrate, here is our first Jack the Ripper Quiz of the year. For those of you, and the number grows each month, who are seasoned veterans of our […]Read Article
The area now occupied by Bethnal Green Gardens, Paradise Row Gardens, and Museum Gardens, actually comprises the remnants of the area’s medieval green, which was known as “the Bethnal Green Poor’s Land.” From the 1860’s onwards, there was […]Read Article