During the late summer and early fall of 1888, a serial killer terrorized London's East End. This person would go by a number of names, but over 130 years later, they are most commonly remembered as Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper's identity has never been confirmed, though numerous people, usually men, have been suspected of the crimes.
Although the name Jack the Ripper is known throughout most of the world, the names of the victims, as well as how the story of the murders unfolded, are often forgotten. Below, we'll break down the official timeline of the Whitechapel murders and learn about the very real women whose lives were violently ended by Jack the Ripper.
August 31, 1888: The Body Of Mary Ann Nichols Is Discovered
September 5, 1888: 'The Star' Newspaper Publishes An Article About 'Leather Apron'
September 8, 1888: The Body Of Annie Chapman Is Discovered
September 10, 1888: Local Businessmen Form The Mile End Vigilance Committee
September 10, 1888: 'Leather Apron' Is Arrested
September 27, 1888: The 'Dear Boss' Letter Arrives At The Central News Agency