Between August and November 1888 in the Whitechapel area of London, 5 women were brutally murdered by a killer who was dubbed ‘Jack the Ripper’, and the case would go on to become one of the world’s most famous murder mysteries of all time.
There were eleven Whitechapel murders in all, but only 5 of them are thought to have been directly attributed to Jack the Ripper, and these became known as the “Canonical Five”, five women, four of which were prostitutes.
Jack the Ripper was never caught, though there have been many suspects over the years, including travelling actors, a physician, a barber, an artist, and even a member of the British royal family, but most of them are just speculation with little or no evidence against any of them. However the case continues to capture the imagination of many from all around the globe who get drawn into this most enduring of British mysteries, which will probably never be solved and we will never know the real identity of the killer.
However, if you fancy learning more about the case and perhaps even becoming what is known as a “Ripperologist” then you might want to check out this list of suspects.