Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer generally believed to have been active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name "Jack the Ripper" originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax and may have been written by journalists in an attempt to heighten interest in the story and increase their newspapers' circulation. The killer was called "the Whitechapel Murderer" as well as "Leather Apron" within the crime case files, as well as in contemporary journalistic accounts.
Jack the Ripper 77 The Big Lie (211=47p Contrived) (S 595/5=119 Duplicity) (E 581/7=83=23p Fantasy, Fraud) (J 1021=172p Falsified)
the Ripper 61=18p Faked (47 Contrived) (S 430=43 Fairy Tale) (E 547=101p=26p Lie) (J 407=47 Contrived)
the Whitechapel district of London 151=36p Untrue (470=47 Contrived) (S 1390=139=34p Baloney) (E 1987=300p/6=50 Unrealistic) (J 1887/17=111 This is a Lie)
in (1888) One Eight Eight Eight 123 Conspiracy (93 Propaganda, Unactual) (F 308=38 Death) (S 904/8=113 Mainstream, DisInfo, Dishonest, Not True) (E 861/7=123 Collusion, Invented) (J 531/9=59=17p Lie)
Whitechapel Murderer 104=14 Sham (103=27p Faked) (S 877=151p=36p Mockery) (E 1463/11=133 Its Not Real) (J 1603/7=229=50p Fictitious)
Leather Apron 61=18p Faked (133 A Hoax This Is) (191=43p Fairy Tale) (S 553/7=79=22p Laugh) (E 610/5=122 Fraudulent) (J 450=45 Deceptious)
Attacks ascribed to Jack the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of the East End of London whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer had some anatomical or surgical knowledge. Rumours that the murders were connected intensified in September and October 1888, and letters were received by media outlets and Scotland Yard from a writer or writers purporting to be the murderer. The "From Hell" letter received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee included half of a preserved human kidney, purportedly taken from one of the victims. The public came increasingly to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper", mainly because of the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders, and because of media treatment of the events.
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Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the
Ripper, and his legend solidified. A police investigation into a series of eleven brutal killings in
Whitechapel up to 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888.
Five victims—Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary
Jane Kelly—are known as the "canonical five" and their murders between 31 August and 9
November 1888 are often considered the most likely to be linked. The murders were never solved,
and the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research, folklore,
and pseudohistory. The term "ripperology" was coined to describe the study and analysis of the
Ripper cases. There are now over one hundred theories about the Ripper's identity, and the
murders have inspired many works of fiction.
Is Jack the Ripper a REAL person or is he a character from a fictional written story that got published as real by the mainstream media sensationalization of Jack and thus made him real.