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Posted by , 31 July 2009

Jack the Ripper

Who’s the lucky fella? Jack the Ripper was the name given to an unidentified man who did his business in the Whitechapel area of London in the 1880s.

What did he do? Between April 3 1888 and February 13 April 1891, 11 prostitutes were murdered and mutilated in Whitechapel. The Metropolitan Police at the time said that five were definitely the work of one killer, but some historians reckon the rest were too. Most of them had their throats cut, and three of them had their internal organs removed. Jack the Ripper loved offal. There were loads of prostitutes in an overpopulated Whitechapel in those days because of mass immigration, poverty and other bad things. It was amazing, although Jack the Ripper clearly didn’t think so.

How the hell did he get away with that? The police were pretty crap in the 1880s because of a massive lack of science and technology, so any serial killer with half a brain could get away with it. The standard house-to-house inquiries, writing lists of suspects and looking really hard at the ground wasn’t enough to work out who Jack was. He did have to suffer the indignity of being named BBC History Magazine’s worst Briton in history in 2006, which probably stung.

Is he sorry? Definitely not. If he’d been sorry he’d have handed himself in. He's probably gleefully ripping whores to shreds in hell as you read this.

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