The ‘Whitechapel killings’ were a series of eleven murders that occurred between 3 April 1888 and 13 February 1891 and were investigated by the London Metropolitan Police Service. Opinions differ on whether these killings should all be attributed to the same person, although the ‘canonical five,’ or five (Polly. Annie. Elizabeth. Kate. Mary-Jane) of the eleven are commonly thought to be the work of Jack the Ripper.
He frightened everyone by going on a killing spree, not only murdering them but also mutilating their bodies in odd ways, showing that the killer was well-versed in human anatomy.
From August 7 to September 10, 1888, all five murders linked to Jack the Ripper occurred within a mile of each other in or around the Whitechapel neighbourhood of London’s East End. Several additional killings that occurred around the same time period have also been examined as the work of “Leather Apron,” the murderer’s other nickname.
The killer is said to have sent a series of letters to the London Metropolitan Police Service (also known as Scotland Yard), teasing police about his heinous actions and speculating on future killings. One victim’s kidney was even sent to the cops, along with a series of taunting messages written by a man claiming to be “Jack the Ripper”.
The killings of Jack the Ripper ceased abruptly in the fall of 1888, but Londoners continued to seek answers that never came, even more than a century later.
Despite several investigations claiming to have conclusive evidence of the horrific killer’s identity, his identity and motivation remain unclear.
The continuous investigation—which has generated dozens of new books, documentaries, TV shows, and historical tours—has run into a number of roadblocks, including a lack of proof, a slew of misinformation and lies and false testimony, and Scotland Yard’s strict standards.
Hundreds of books and articles have been written on Jack the Ripper, whomever he was. His identity has been speculated to be everything from a clandestine Masonic scheme to a member of the royal family. The most plausible suspects are as follows:
Suspect 1- Montague Druitt is a lawyer with a thorough understanding of human anatomy. He vanished after the last murder, and his body was subsequently discovered floating on the River Thames, rumoured to be crazy.
Suspect 2 – George Chapman, a barber from Whitechapel at the time of the killings who was subsequently convicted of poisoning three of his wife.
Suspect 3 – Aaron Kosminski is a Whitechapel inhabitant with a fondness for prostitutes. Several months after the last murder, he was sent to an institution.