What is a ripper? The term "ripper" was first used to refer to a killer in 19th century England after the famed "Jack the Ripper" went on his killing spree. He - or she - wrote letters to the media claiming responsibility for a slew of murders involving sex workers, signing with his now infamous code name. A ripper was a tool used to trim the edges of roofing slates, and the name was nod to an obscene pun on "ripping old slates."
The term ripper went on to be used time and time again to refer to gruesome serial killers - like the Bavarian Ripper, the Hollywood Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper - who stabbed or mutilated their victims just as Jack the Ripper did. It has also been used as a nickname for murderers who targeted sex workers - just like the notorious British serial killer - even if they didn't stab, slash, disembowel, or dismember their victims.
These rippers truly created some of the most horrifying and scary true crime stories because of their heartless methods of murder.