Jack the Ripper



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Abstract

Jack the Ripper terrorized the East End of London with his haneous acts of
senseless violence in the Nineteenth century. The perpetrator who committed
these malicious murders in which the victim’s body was viciously mutilated
is under speculation. By analyzing each murder, acknowledging the
characteristics of the murderer, and providing a scenario which links Prince
Eddy to the murders, it establishes that he is a likely suspect to be Jack the
Ripper.

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The Murders by Jack the Ripper
The first murder that is connected with Jack the Ripper occurred on
Friday, the Thirty-First of August, 1888. Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols was
found dead on Buck’s Row with her clothes raised almost to her stomach.
After a full post-mortem examination was performed the next day, her
injuries were noted as the following: a bruise on the right side of her face
made by pressure of a thumb; a circular bruise also probably caused by a fist
or thumb; an abrasion on the right side of her neck and a small bruise on the
left side. Two cuts, one four inches long and the other eight, were located on
her neck and reach through to the vertebrae. On the left side of the lower
abdomen there was a jagged wound which cut through the tissues. Several
incisions were also made across the abdomen with three or four cuts running
downward on the right side (Fido, 1991).
In the early morning hours of Saturday, the eighth of September, 1888,
the second murder victim of Jack the Ripper was found at 29 Hanbury Street,
wedged between the steps and the fence. Annie Chapman’s left arm was
placed across her left breast, and her legs were drawn up with the feet resting
on the ground and the knees turned outwards. Her body was terribly
mutilated with her throat being cut through clear to the spine. The abdomen
was entirely laid open and the intestines were placed on the right shoulder.
The pelvis, uterus, and appendages with the upper portion of the vagina and
the posterior two-thirds of the bladder were removed (Fido, 1991).
Elizabeth Stride, the third victim of Jack the Ripper, was discovered
murdered on Sunday, the Thirtieth of September, 1888. Found on Berner
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Street, just a short distance from Hanbury Street, her throat was cut in the
same pattern as the previous two. She was not disemboweled, though, which
suggests that the murderer was interrupted or warned of impending discovery
(Abrahamsen, 1992).
This may account for the reason the murderer struck again in that same
night. Catharine Eddowes was the fourth victim. She was more brutally
murdered than the previous which may have resulted from the murderer’s
frustration at having to leave Stride intact. She was found lying on her back
with her left leg extended and her right leg bent at the knee. Eddowes’ nose
was cut off and her abdomen was sliced open. Her left kidney and intestines
were placed on her right shoulder (Abrahamsen, 1992).
The most cruel and ruthless murder committed by Jack the Ripper was
the fifth and final one. Forty days after his last attack, he murdered Marie
Jeanette Kelly on Friday, the Ninth of November, 1888. Because the murder
took place in the privacy of Kelly’s own room in Miller’s Court and not in
the streets, the murderer had “the safety and leisure to commit the bloodiest
butchery of them all” (Abrahamsen, 1991). The skin on her face, upper body,
and thighs was removed, and in some parts showed the skeleton. Also, her
nose and ears were cut off. Located at her feet was her liver, and her
amputated breasts and kidneys were carefully paced on a nearby table. Her
uterus was also mutilated (Abrahamsen, 1991).
All these murders shared certain characteristics. Most importantly, all
of these women were prostitutes which meant they could be easily
approached by strange men and then led to isolated areas. Next, they all took
place within one square mile of each other. The murders were also
committed between the
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hours of eleven at night and five in the morning and took place on the
weekend. In each instance the throat of the victim had been severed and their
bodies were carved up and mutilated with a knife, with the exception of
Stride. They were all over forty and had borne children with the exception of
Kelly who was shown to be pregnant when murdered (Abrahamsen, 1991).
The Characteristic’s of Jack the Ripper
There are also certain characteristics possessed by Jack the Ripper that
are well-established. This person would have