It is a well-known fact that two police forces investigated the Jack the Ripper crimes of 1888 – The Metropolitan Police (on whose territory the majority of the victims were murdered) and The City of London Police (on […]Read Article
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On August 31st, 1888, Mary Nichols became the first victim of the killer who would become known as “Jack the Ripper.” The lack of motive, coupled with the sheer brutality of the mutilations inflicted on her body led […]Read Article
As I have mentioned in several previous blogs, the reputation of Whitechapel as an abyss of vice, villainy and poverty had been firmly established in the public consciousness long before the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 drew […]Read Article
The Salvation Army was very active on the streets of the East End of London in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Their hostels provided some semblance of night time shelter for homeless drifters who found themselves […]Read Article
In his memoir I Caught Crippen, former Metropolitan Police detective Walter Dew (1863 – 1947) made the point that the area where the Whitechapel Murders occurred had long held a reputation for lawlessness. Dew had begun his career with […]Read Article
In 1903, a series of slashings of horses, cows and sheep, took place in the South Staffordshire village of Great Wyrley. In the October of that year, George Edalji (1876 – 1953) was arrested on suspicion of having […]Read Article
In May, 1888, Police Constable George Russell found himself in the unenviable position of appearing at Bow Street Police Court to face charges of perjury and of having assaulted a lady by the name of Hannah Williams. Lloyd’s […]Read Article
On the 9th March, 1939, a new book on the Whitechapel Murders was published. Titled Jack The Ripper:- A New Theory, it was written by William Douglas Steward (1883 – 1965), and its premise that the murders had […]Read Article
Although the Jack the Ripper murders were the crimes that truly shocked the people of London in 1888, and, as a consequence, tend to, nowadays at least, be the only homicides that are remembered from that year, other […]Read Article
The gangs of Victorian London posed a huge problem for the Metropolitan Police, and, for that matter, for many of the citizens of the 19th century Metropolis. In many people eyes, the gangs were uncontrollable, and had succeeded […]Read Article