The Mystery Continues
Jack the Ripper, probably the best name given to an unknown serial killer, is a true story about what seems to be a demon from Hell emerging , making havoc and then vanishing into thin air, never to be seen or heard from again. Jack the Ripper has become an icon for mysteries and fear even up to this present day. Many speculations have arisen about Jack the Ripper, and the more we think about his story, the more addicted to and perplexed by we become of it. Was he mad or well educated? Was he a member of royalty or a poor guy? Or was he just an average Jimmy or Jackie who went crazy one day and emerged as one of the world’s most infamous serial killers who left the world asking "Who did it?”
After more than 100 years of countless investigations and attempts to solve this mystery, we still know almost nothing about Jack. One simple question, “How many murders did he commit?” is the subject of debate in itself. What we do know, though, is that at least five murders of unparalleled brutality were committed by him (Wilson 170).
It all started in the East End of London, between the months of August and November of the year 1888. All of the killings occurred within a one mile area and involved the districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate, and the city of London proper. The victims were prostitutes between 40 and 50. These killings sent all of London into panic. There were meetings in the streets; bands of citizens formed themselves into vigilante groups to patrol Whitechapel at night; thousands of men were questioned. But all their attempts to catch this evil creature failed.
The first victim of the killer Jack the Ripper was Mary Nichols, who was murdered on August 31, 1888. She was the first of what are referred to as the five “canonical” victims who died between August 31 and November 9, 1888 (Ryder and Johnno). The murdering of prostitutes was nothing of surprise as numerous murders were committed right before this case. For that...