Craziest Cold Cases

By: Victoria Helmer

Jack The Ripper

 Background of Jack The Ripper:

Jack the Ripper” was an active killer between august 7 to September 10, 1888. The murderer was never identified, so they gave him the nickname  “Jack the Ripper”. They terrorized the Whitechapel district in London’s East end, they killed and mutilated bodies in an unusual manner showing he must have known a lot of things about human anatomy.“Jack the Ripper” was never caught and is still one of England’s most famous criminals.

The reasoning for the nickname:

The name “Jack the Ripper” originated in a letter written by an individual claiming to be the murderer that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax and may have been written by journalists in an attempt to heighten interest in the story and increase their newspapers’ circulation. The “From Hell” letter received by  George Lusk of the  Whitechapel Vigilance Committee came with half of a preserved human kidney, purportedly taken from one of the victims. The public came increasingly to believe in a single serial killer known as “Jack the Ripper”, mainly because of both the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders and media coverage of the crimes.

Why were the cases never solved?

It is thought that Jack the Ripper did not act on his own since he acted fairly quickly and never left any evidence behind. No matter how hard they looked to find evidence they could not.

Was there any motive discovered?

The police realized a pattern in Jack the Ripper’s murders, all were women he would offer to pay for sex than would lure them to an empty street and slice their throats. There was nothing discovered on why exactly he chose those types of women.