Skip to content

Jack the Ripper: Introducing a Gruesome Journey into the Macabre

Do you wish you were more knowledgeable on the macabre? Learn more about the infamous Jack the Riper and impress your friends with your freakish knowledge of this serial killer.

Visit the gruesome past of Jack the Ripper on this virtual tour of London with our host Jaime. Jaime is a writer and performer living in London. He has been studying serial killers and talking about them as well as discussing socioeconomic similarities between then and now for 7 years.

Jack the Ripper crime scene photos in this post are from wikipedia.

Who is Jack the Ripper?

Jack the Ripper was a serial killer in London, 1888. His identity was unknown. These 5 victims were all murdered within a short period of time and then no further murders occurred. People believed that this serial killer had knowlede as a surgeon due to the precise cuts and organ removal of the bodies.

Jack the Ripper Victims

The tour takes us back to 1888 London, the area of the White Chapel murders. While affluent at present time, White Chapel was an area of extreme poverty during the time of Jack the Ripper. Men could work 15 hours a day on the docks for 8 cents. Women could work 15 hours in a match factory for 5 cents per day. This option caused phossy jaw due to phosphorus corroding one’s face. This lead to open bloody sores and deterioration of the jaw. Doctors would have to stitch up the face and victims would have to drink meals from a straw the rest of their lives. The alternative was prostitution for 4 cents per customer. It is easy to see why prostitution was the better alternative.

The Murder of MaryAnn Nichols

Jack the ripper murder scene sketch of a policeman finding MaryAnn Nichols

On the evening of August 30th 1888, patrons heard MaryAnn Nichols bragging in the local pub about how much she had earned that evening while drinking her gin. She ordered another when she realized she had spent all her nightly earnings in the pub and on a new hat. At midnight she left to earn some more money.

3 hours later a policeman finds MaryAnn a 20 minute walk away from the pub lying on her back with her throat cut deeply from left to right. When the medical examiner gets there, he removes her clothes. What he finds is horrifying. The killer inserted a long blade into her genitalia and brought it all the way up to her throat almost slicing her in half. In addition, he ripped her open and disemboweled her. The killer removed parts of her womb and genitalia. Later, people remembered seeing MaryAnn chatting with a mysterious man.

If you are already in the UK, make some time for an England staycation. Don’t forget to take in a Jack the Ripper Tour while in London.

Serial Killer Victim #2: Annie Chapman

Newspaper page with jack the ripper crime scene pictures of Annie Chapman, the second victim if Jack the Ripper,  with the medical examiner

At 5:30am on September 7th a friend spotted Dark Annie laughing with a man in a dark suit and hat. At 6 am a man leaving his flat finds Annie lying in his courtyard. A deep cut lies across her throat from left to right. Additionally, the murderer ripped open her body with a long blade just like Mary Ann Nichols. The killer took her genitalia and parts of her womb , but this time he also takes a kidney. Not only that, but he tore out her intestines and draped them over her right shoulder.

Later, on September 27, the local newspaper receives a letter regarding the murders. It was signed Jack the Ripper. It turns out two men from the newspaper trying to build publicity faked the letter to sell more papers. But the name stuck and Jack the Ripper became famous.

Most likely enraged by someone taking credit for his work, the killer struck again two days later.

The Name Jack the Ripper is Born

Victim #3: Elizabeth Stride

jack the ripper murder photo of Liz Stride in death

On September 29th, Liz Stride treated herself to a night on the town after earning a lot of money from cleaning houses that day. Some workers spotted her outside the Bricklayers Arms Pub at 11 pm linking arms with a man.

At 1am a man found her with her throat cut lying in an alley. The man had been trying to turn down the alley to tie up his horse. When his horse became spooked and refused to go into the alley, the man investigated and saw a woman lying there. However, he didn’t look any further as he assumed it to be his wife passed out after too much to drink. Instead he went next door to the pub for a drink of his own. Surprisingly, his wife was in the pub which caused him to get a constable to go check on the woman in the alley.

It is thought that the horse and rider had scared off the killer because other than the slit throat, the other gruesome details were absent from this killing.

However, the killer struck again less than an hour afterward.

Jack the Ripper Strikes Again

Victim #4: Catherine Eddowes

Sketch of Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim

At 1am the local jail released Catherine Eddowes where she had spent the evening for drunken and disorderly conduct. 15 minutes later people saw Catherine speaking with a man that fit the killer’s description. At 1:45 a police officer finds her mutilated body.

This time the killer had devolved further. It seems that the cut throat, disembowelment, removed genitalia, kidney and womb were not enough. This time the killer removed all of her organs in addition to placing her intestines over her shoulder. Plus the killer cut off her nose, eyes, lips, and ears, and slashed both cheeks.

At 2:30 the police find some clues left tauntingly by the killer. A wall covered in Katherine’s blood had a reference to the freemason society. Additionally the killer left a torn piece of Katherine’s dress soaked in her blood and feces.

Mary Jane Kelly the Final Victim of Jack the Ripper

Drawing of Mary Jane Kelly, the last victim of Jack the Ripper

Mary Jane Kelly differed from the other victims in that the other victims were all between the ages of 39 and 49, whereas she was only 25. She moved to London to work as a seamstress, but involved herself with a man who drank too much. When he lost his job he forced Mary Jane into prostitution to pay the bills. On November 9th, behind six weeks in rent, she went out to earn some money. At 2am patrons saw her linking arms with someone fitting the killer’s description at a local pub.

The next morning a debt collector entering her home finds her remains at 10:45am. The skin and flesh were cut off her face and neck exposing her skull. The killer cut off her breasts while she was still alive. He removed her organs and placed them on a bedside table. Her femur was exposed due to all the flesh of her thigh being shaved away. Her intestines were placed over her right shoulder. In addition, this time the killer removed the heart and took it with him.

After this, the killings stopped and Jack the Ripper disappeared.

Jaime’s presentation includes maps, photos, and sketches. He also includes ideas as to the identity of Jack the Ripper. To participate in Jaime’s tour go to Airbnb. For additional reading on a similar American Serial killer check out Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

paid link

Was Jack the Ripper ever caught?

While Jack the Ripper was never caught, he later became linked with a series of murders in Chicago during 1893. A man named H.H. Holmes was suspected of murdering numerous people in the Chicago area during the 1893 World’s Fair. Holmes constructed a building that he used to carry out his murders. The amount of victims is unknown. A series called American Ripper is available now on the History Channel.

author profile picture

Donna Emperador is a travel and food blogger and copywriter. Donna believes in learning about different cultures while sharing good food and cocktails. She has lived in South Florida for over 20 years and enjoys spending time exploring the road to find unique places to share with readers. She can be found on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

Mixed Drinks with Rum: History & How to Make Them
April 8, 2021

All photos on this page are compliments of Ray Letoa’s rum class sign up for my newsletter here Several years ago my husband and I visited a rum distillery during our road trip to New Orleans so we thought it…

Read More
Irish Whiskey Best: Stories and How to Drink it
March 18, 2021

Virtual Irish Whiskey Tasting Here we recount Irish Whiskey best tasting practices along with some historic tales. Since we couldn’t actually go to Ireland, we decided to bring Ireland to us. We traveled through Zoom to learn about Irish Whiskey….

Read More
shows a picture of Wright Brothers first flight as shown on America's Summer Road Trip
History Travel: Now Introducing the Ultimate American Road Trip
October 4, 2021

If you are like me, then you probably thought learning about history in school was boring. I remember having this greasy teacher in 8th grade that made us endlessly copy notes. It wasn’t until I got older that I started…

Read More
Maasai tribe
Visit Kenya Virtually, Fall in Love with the Resilience
November 23, 2020

By D. Gordon E. Robertson – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cover photo credit Africa is a varied continent from the wineries of South Africa to the native villages of Kenya. Although, Covid-19 has made travel more difficult in recent…

Read More
painting of Tori Gates
Kyoto Forest Bathing, How to Become One With Nature
July 16, 2020

Recently, my husband and I traveled to Kyoto, Japan to learn about forest bathing. The trip was virtual through Zoom due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Our tour guide, Lee, demonstrated forest bathing and practiced simple forms of meditation with us….

Read More
shows two bottles of South African wine from the Spier wine farm
South African Wine: Discover Must Do Virtual Experience Now
January 17, 2022

Crisp whites, full bodied reds, you don’t need to be a sommelier to enjoy good South African wine. However, we wanted some information from an expert, so we decided to check out some of the best South African wineries with…

Read More
shows a photo of historic Prague
Prague Historical Tour: Learn how to be a Plague Doctor
October 2, 2021

During the beginning of the pandemic, I think we all had that feeling of impending doom, not knowing what the future held, what tragedies were in store for us and our loved ones. I’ve read a lot of historical novels…

Read More
Irish Folk Tales: amaze your friends with strange stories
March 15, 2021

We have all heard fairy stories and folk tales as children. Little girls expect one day they will go to the ball to meet a handsome prince. We wish a fairy godmother would come and wave a magic wand to…

Read More
Jack the Ripper: Introducing a Gruesome Journey into the Macabre
October 18, 2021

Do you wish you were more knowledgeable on the macabre? Learn more about the infamous Jack the Riper and impress your friends with your freakish knowledge of this serial killer. Visit the gruesome past of Jack the Ripper on this…

Read More

5 thoughts on “Jack the Ripper: Introducing a Gruesome Journey into the Macabre”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *