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The Canonical five victims of Jack the Ripper. 

  1. Mary Ann Nichols, 43 - 31 August 1888,  Buck’s Row
  2. Annie Chapman, 47 -  8 September 1888,  29 Hanbury Street
  3. Elizabeth Stride, 44 -  30 September 1888,  Berner Street
  4. Catherine Eddowes, 46 -  30 September 1888,  Mitre Square
  5. Mary Jane Kelly, 25 -  9 November 1888,  Dorset Street
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The Ten Bells is a historic pub located at the corner of Commercial Street and Fournier Street in London. It’s most likely most notable for its association with infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Two victims of this elusive killer, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly, were frequent guests of the pub. The two sex-workers would often pick up clients outside the Ten Bells.

On the evening of 7 September, 1888, Annie finished off her drink and walked out into the chilly winter air. Little did she know, she would be Jack the Ripper’s next victim. The following morning, her bloody and mutilated body was discovered on Haybury Street.

It’s no surprise that there is a plethora of paranormal activity reported from the Ten Bells. Staff and guests alike have recalled seeing an elderly man clad in Victorian-era clothing loitering around the pub before disappearing, seemingly into thin air. Ohers have reported that when the clock strikes midnight on 31 December, a shadowy figure can be seen jumping from Westminster Bridge. This shadowy figure is said to be Jack the Ripper himself.

November 9th, 1888

The final victim attributed to “Jack the Ripper”, Mary Jane Kelly, is found dead and horribly mutilated in her apartment. 

The whole of the surface of the abdomen and thighs was removed and the abdominal cavity emptied of its viscera. The breasts were cut off, the arms mutilated by several jagged wounds and the face hacked beyond recognition of the features. The tissues of the neck were severed all round down to the bone.

The viscera were found in various parts viz: the uterus and kidneys with one breast under the head, the other breast by the right foot, the liver between the feet, the intestines by the right side and the spleen by the left side of the body. The flaps removed from the abdomen and thighs were on a table.

Her heart was absent from the body.

The Whitechapel Murders: The Ripper Myth Unmasked

The murders that people believe he committed were 11 weeks long spanning from August to November of 1888. To this day, there have been no promising leads for a definitive suspect, and I fear there never will be.

Many Ripperologists will pick a pet suspect, then build theories of fancy, add in some personal details and invent coincidences to petition their suspect as Jack. But the fact of the matter is, all of the evidence against any suspect will always be subjective and circumstantial in the most extreme sense of the word. The case is well over a hundred years old, and there are countless records missing from the Scotland Yard Archives that have probably been destroyed. So, we will never truly know everything about the case. Why then, do so many people take an interest in it?

I can’t speak for everyone interested in unmasking Jack the Ripper, and I have my own pet theory. But I know for me, it’s a puzzle. It’s like a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle; those almost minuscule pieces that some how come together to form a succinct whole. That is why i am interested in the Ripper case. So what is my pet theory? Well, frankly, I believe there were different murderers. Since this can’t be proven however, I’ll never know, but the conjecture is mentally stimulating.
See, unlike other Ripperologists with a pet suspect, I’m going to be as plain and unbiased as humanly possible. Below you will find a read-out of the five accepted Ripper victims and a chronology of their last moments:

- Polly Nichols: Last seen alive at 2:30 in the morning on August 30, 1888. She was killed between then and 3:40 that same morning when her body was discovered.

- Annie Chapman: Last seen alive at 5:30 on the morning of September 8, 1888. Killed between 5:30 and somewhere between 5:45 and 6:00 that same morning when her body was discovered.

- Elizabeth Stride: Last seen alive September 30, 1888 at 12:30 in the morning. She was killed between 12:30 and 1:00 that morning.

- Catherine Eddowes: Last seen alive at 1:00 in the morning on September 30, 1888. Killed between 1:00 and 1:45 in the morning.

- Mary Kelly: Last heard alive at 2:00 in the morning on November 9, 1888; believed to be seen alive last between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning. Possibly killed sometime between 10:00 and 10:45 in the morning.

Assuming that the Stride and Eddowes times are accurate that means the killer would have had to kill Stride, clean up so as to not arouse suspicion, then walk or get in a private carriage to Mitre Square within that time frame to kill Eddowes. I’m sorry, but it seems highly unlikely. As for Kelly, the sheer bestiality of her murder has “personal” written all over it, and her heart was taken.

So there you have it, the bald and unbiased facts of the case surrounding the five accepted victims. Will we ever know who killed these five unfortunate women? Probably not, unless you have a time machine and can go back and witness the murders as they take place. But until then, we traverse the realm of coincidence, fantasy, and subjectivity to unmask the father of modern serial killers; Jack the Ripper. Let’s look at the Mary Ann Nichols murder first as it is the first one associated with the Ripper Case.

Mary Ann Walker was born on August 26, 1845. In 1864 she married a printer’s machinist but the marriage ended in 1880 due to her husband’s infidelity and Mary’s alcoholism. The husband gave Mary Ann an allowance of five shillings a week until 1882 when he discovered that she was a prostitute. From the years 1883-1887 Mary Ann moved back in with her father but their constant arguing over Mary Ann’s alcoholism strained their relationship.

From 1887 until about May 31, 1888 she lived in different workhouses before finding a job as a domestic servant (maid). From the time she got the domestic servant’s job up until July or the beginning of August in 1888 she lived with the family but was let go for stealing. Mary Ann Nichols’ last known address was 18 Thrawl Street. Below you will find a brief breakdown of the last few hours she was seen alive:

- At 11:00pm on August 30, 1888 she was seen in Whitechapel Road

- On August 31, 1888 at 12:30am she was seen leaving The Frying Pan Public House (The Pub)

- At 1:20am she was seen in the kitchen of 18 Thrawl Street but was turned out because she didn’t have the money to pay for a bed.

- We hear nothing about her until 2:30am when she was reportedly seen by a fellow lodger at Osborn Street and Brick Lane.

- At varying times between 3:15am and on three patrol constables passed by or through Buck’s Row but they seen nothing suspicious.

- At or around 3:40am Mary Ann Nichols was discovered dead in Buck’s Row.

That, so far as can be ascertained was the play out of the events leading up to her death. However, this case is interesting in many respects:

- A bruise on the right side of the face looked like it was created by the pressure of a thumbprint and a circular bruise was found on the left side of the neck.

- The bruises were fairly recent

- Both cuts in the throat started on the left side. One was 4 inches in length and the other was 8 inches. Both cuts reached the vertebrae. The left and right carotid arteries were severed.

- The legs on the victim were warm, but the hands and wrists were cold when examined by a coroner between 3:45 and 4:30am.

- Very little blood was found around the body or in the gutter and it is because of this that many people believe Mary Ann Nichols was killed elsewhere and transported to Buck’s Row.

Above you will find all pertinent information on this case and it is my belief that Mary Ann Nichols was killed somewhere else, allowed to bleed out then placed in Buck’s Row. The last known time she is seen alive is 2:30am. So if the body was found at 3:40am, there is plenty of time to kill her somewhere close to Buck’s Row, and drag her body to where it was found. What this shows us is that the killer was nervous and he didn’t want to be seen doing his work. He also didn’t want to be seen walking around the area because there are no witnesses who see her with a man.
So, I entreat you to read the facts and decide for yourself. Even if you never come up with a definite answer, the speculation on the case is what makes it so interesting and fun to study. With the death of Mary Ann Nichols, the reign of Jack the Ripper had begun.

This is one of the more mysterious cases of the Ripper murders I believe. See, the thing that makes it so mysterious, is because there were no witness reports or anything that could possibly lend itself to figuring out even the basic description of the culprit. But I will go out on a limb and say the man was between 30-45, tall and thin or reasonably built, a mustache and short hair. He also had experience handling sharp knives and had considerable strength. Next I will say that he had to have a change of clothes or if he killed in the outfit he worked in, his profession where copious amounts of blood or blood in general would be commonplace.

Since we can’t really take much from this, it might be easier to skip much more speculation for this case, let’s look at the Annie Chapman killing.

Annie Chapman had a dark life. She was born in 1841 in Paddington and as far as can be ascertained, she lived a fairly normal existence. But lack of records makes this hard to determine. The next thing we hear about Annie is of her marriage in 1869. From there we know that the couple moved to Windsor in 1881 and that they had three children. One died at the age of 12, one was put in a cripple’s home and the other was put in an institution in France.

Annie left the family after the death of her daughter in 1882 and from that time on until her death she lived in or around Dorset street receiving an allowance from her ex-husband until his death in 1886. From that point she lived with a sieve-maker but her love for drink caused them to separate and after that Annie would take residence in lodging houses until her death. Below you will find a brief account of Annie’s last few hours:

- On September 8, 1888 at 12:12 she was seen in the kitchen at Crossingham’s Lodging House drunk. She stated to a Mr. William Stevens that she had just come from the hospital and she had two medicinal pills wrapped in a piece of envelop paper in her pocket.

- At 1:35am she was seen by the night watchman at Crossingham’s Lodging House and after not being able to pay the fee for a bed, she was put out. This is the last time that she was definitely seen alive.

- At 3:30am one of the residents of 29 Hanbury Street (Where Annie was discovered) was leaving the house for work and he seen nothing suspicious.

- Between 4:40-4:45am another man walked through the yard on his way to the market. He stopped to cut a piece of leather from his boot because they had been bothering him recently and he sat there for several minutes but did not see anything unusual.

- Between 5:20 and 5:33am, a man named Alfred Cadosch stepped outside of his house and heard a woman and man talking behind the fence that separated his house from the yard where Annie was found. They talked for a moment and then Mr. Cadosch heard a scuffle but after that nothing more was heard and he seen nothing suspicious.

- At 5:30am a woman was walking down the same side of Hanbury Street as Annie was found and she seen a a man and woman talking. She later identified the woman as Annie Chapman and the man was described as about 40 years of age and over 5ft tall. He had a dark complexion and a shabby genteel appearance with a brown deerstalker hat and a dark coat.

- Between 5:45 and 6:00am another resident of 29 Hanbury street stepped outside to get some fresh air and upon looking down at the ground discovered the lifeless body of Annie Chapman.
I understand that there really isn’t much there to go on, but frankly that’s the norm with the Whitechapel Case. The description of the man given by one of the witnesses slightly resembles the description given by someone else for the Stride and Eddowes case. But really, we are back to where we started, which is everywhere and nowhere.

Now, I say here that the description resembles the man that people believe killed Stride and Eddowes. The description of the man for that case is as follows:

-The man was described as 5ft 6in, middle-aged, stout and clean-shaven. He was wearing a small black cut away coat, dark trousers and a dark round cap with a peak (like a sailor’s hat.)

So from the description above perhaps the man worked in or around the fishing wharfs? Although, seeing as the killings were done at night or in the early morning, it wouldn’t be hard to mistakenly identify someone. But this is important since it is the first time we have any description of a potential murderer. I don’t think that the same man killed all three or possibly even four out of the five women. The reason behind this is that even the dimmest constable or beat cop would notice a pattern and make an arrest on suspicion. The problem with crime solving in the Victorian Era is that unless you seen the actual crime taking place, it would never be possible to prove conclusively who committed a crime. Forensics was in its infancy and so were proper investigation methods. Lets continue our overview of the case with the double murder: Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.

According to the coroners at the time, the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catharine Eddowes were done on the same night, within very close proximity to each other in time and distance. Personally, and obviously subjectively I disagree with this theory and fully believe that they were just separate unfortunate murders that would’ve happened regardless of whether the other happened or not. I’m not saying that it isn’t altogether impossible that it was done on the same night, but what I am saying is, since by that point there would have been a noticeably higher police presence in the Whitechapel and surrounding areas, it is unlikely that the killer, no matter how brash he was, would’ve risked being stopped and searched between Berner Street and Mitre Square even if it was only an eleven minute walk between locations because depending on the route the killer or killers took, it was still possible to be seen by at least three people within that time frame.

I don’t pretend to hold theories for who killed either of these women, but I do feel that there was more than one killer. So, I’ll break it down for you and let my small following decide for themselves. Below you will find a description of the last hours of both victims (all information is taken from The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper; their research on the subject is accepted as being accurate as possible within the confines of historical fact):
Elizabeth Stride:

- On the night before her murder; September 29, 1888, she was seen in the Queen’s Head Commercial House by a woman named Elizabeth Tanner who helped run a Common Lodging House (pretty much a brothel) at 32 Flower and Dean Street.

- Stride was seen at the lodging house between 7:00pm-8:00pm that night getting ready to go out by two separate people.

- At around 11:00pm, a woman was seen with someone by two men who later identified her as Elizabeth Stride outside the Bricklayer’s Arms Pub in Settles Street. The description of the man with Stride is as follows: 5ft 5in. wearing a black morning suit and coat with a black billycock hat. He also had a thick black mustache.

- between 11:00pm and 12:00am, a fruit vendor sold fruit to a man and woman (later believed to be Stride) outside his house two blacks from Dutfield’s Yard (where Stride was found.) The vendor stated that the man was 30-35 years old with a dark complexion. However, the reliability of this witness is questionable at best since he kept changing his statements.

- At 11:45pm, a laborer seen a man and woman outside of his house on Berner Street and neither appeared to be drunk, The man was described as 5ft 6in, middle-aged, stout and clean-shaven. He was wearing a small black cut away coat, dark trousers and a dark round cap with a peak (like a sailor’s hat.)

- At 12:30am on the morning of September 30, 1888 Elizabeth Stride was spotted in Berner Street talking to a man who was described as 5’7”, twenty-eight years old with a small dark mustache and a dark complexion. it is believed that he was wearing a black diagonal cut away coat, a hard felt hat, a white collar and a tie. It is also believed that he was carrying a parcel wrapped up in news paper that was about 18” long and 6”-8” wide.

- At 12:30am a man walked out of his house on Berner Street (where Stride was found), but seen nothing suspicious.

- At around 12:45am, a witness noticed a woman (later identified as Stride) talking to a man while the witness was walking up the street.

- Between 12:30am-1:00am a resident of the street stood outside of her house (two doors from the murder scene) for about ten minutes but seen no one enter or leave the yard in that time frame.

- At 12:45am a man and woman (possibly Stride) were seen again on Fairclough street by a worker and about fifteen minutes later a cry of murder was heard. Stride’s body was discovered at 1:00am on the morning of September 30, 1888.

If the above sounds a little all over the place, that’s because it is. One of the most interesting aspects of this case are all the twists, turns and hypotheses. Below you will find a general read-out of the last moments of Catharine Eddowes:

- At 8:30pm on September 29, 1888 Eddowes was taken to a police station for being extremely intoxicated and she was put in a holding cell to sleep it off.

- Eddowes was released at 1:00am on September 30, 1888.

- At 1:30am a Police Constable was walking his Mitre Square beat and noticed nothing out of the ordinary.

- At 1:34am three men were walking through Mitre Square and noticed a woman (later identified as Eddowes) talking with a gentleman who is described as follows: about 5ft 8in and 30 years of age. he was wearing a salt and pepper colored loose jacket, a grey cloth cap with a peak and a red neckerchief. He had a fair complexion and a mustache.

- Between 1:40-1:42am, a constable walking his beat passed by Mitre Square but didn’t see or hear anything suspicious.

- The lifeless and mutilated body of Catharine Eddowes was discovered at around 1:45am.

In order to make sense of all of the witness accounts, below you will find a breakdown of every witness who described anything that night (information used can be found in Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History by Paul Begg):

- J. Best and John Gardner (witnessed around 11:00pm on September 29): The description was of a man standing at 5ft 5in. tall with a thick black mustache. Weak, no beard, sore eyes, no eyelashes and he was wearing a black morning suit with a morning coat, collar and tie, and a billycock hat. He was English in appearance.

- William Marshall (witnessed around 11:45pm on September 29): The description was of a man who was middle-aged, stout, 5ft 6in. clean-shaven, small, wearing a black cut away coat, dark trousers and a round cap with a peak (like sailors wear).

- Matthew Packer (witnessed around 12:00-12:30am on September 30): The description is of a man between 25-30 years old, 5ft 7in. with a buttoned up black frock coat, soft felt hawker hat.

- PC William Smith (witnessed at 12:30am on September 30): The description is of a man about 28 years old, 5ft 7, clean shaven, dark clothes, dark hard felt deerstalker hat.

- James Brown (witnessed at 12:45am on September 30): The description is of a man 5ft 7in., stout, long black diagonal coat.

- Israel Schwartz [ Noticed two men ] (witnessed at 12:45am on September 30): The description of the first man: 30 years old, 5ft 5in., small brown mustache, brown hair, fair complexion, dark jacket and trousers, black cap with peak.
The second man Schwartz seen: 35 years old, 5ft 11in., light brown hair, dark overcoat, old black felt hat with a wide brim.

Now, for all the hardcore Ripperologists out there, I’m not trying to say it’s impossible she was a Ripper victim because of anything like distance because I know that the distance between Berner Street and Mitre Square (where Eddowes was found) is only about an eleven minute walk. What I AM saying, is that as brash as the killer or killers may be, doesn’t it seem highly unlikely by any standards that they’d get interrupted and risk being captured by going after a second victim the same night?

The theory basically posits that the Ripper had to kill Stride, between 1:00am and 1:07am if the autopsy reports are correct. Then, he or they had to clean themselves up to avoid arousing suspicion, talk Eddowes into whatever he had to, then kill her close to where an officer normally walked his city beat. The danger of this is astounding, and it doesn’t make sense that even a deranged person would almost set out to get caught like that. That is why it is my belief, and I know this theory is very weak; but it is my belief that Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were killed by different people.

Now, I’m going to take this as two different men killing Stride and Eddowes respectively. The person last seen with Stride was described as stated above as five feet and six inches, a stout and clean shaven man. The man seen with Eddowes shortly before her death was describe as being five feet eight inches and about thirty years of age with a mustache. The startling point about the Eddowes suspect is that he was supposedly wearing a red neckerchief. This smacks of being a seaman to me, and chances are he may have worked in or on ships. Whereas the Stride suspect was wearing a shirt and tie; a gentleman. It’s highly unlikely that a man could have totally switched outfits, grown three inches and then gone to kill another woman in the same night. I chalk it up to a very grim coincidence. Is it really so hard to believe that two men could have murdered that night when we take int consideration all the crime taking place in Whitechapel due to all the poverty and over crowded conditions? Finally, we’re going to look at the most interesting murder in the case to me; that of Mary Jane Kelly.

Incidentally, I believe that all the women knew each other as Elizabeth Stride, on more than one occasion used the alias Mary Kelly.

Mary Jane Kelly was born to John and Mary Kelly in Castletown, Limerick in Ireland in the year 1863. Between that time and 1879 she moved to Wales with her father for his work and it’s assumed the mother passed away. In 1879, Mary Kelly married a Mr. John Davies and after he died a few years later in a pit explosion at his job, Mary Kelly moved in with her cousin in Cardiff and that’s when she was exposed to the world of prostitution.

It appears that on April 8, 1887 she met a fish porter by the name of Joseph Barnett in Billingsgate Market and the next day the two moved in together. After moving around several times within the perimeter of Whitechapel, in the year 1888 they finally settled into lodgings at 13 Millers Court off Dorset Street. With two people living in such close proximity, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume they began a relationship and that Barnett wanted Mary Kelly off of the streets. But after he lost his job as a fish porter, Kelly had no other option but return to the streets to ply her trade. This, and the fact that other prostitutes frequently stayed int he already cramped rooms, caused Barnett to move out.

It is interesting to note here, that Kelly was in fear of the Whitechapel Murderer and was trying to make plans to leave London. She often had Barnett read the paper to her every night about the murders. This is odd considering, that if Mary Kelly was a random victim, anyone of the other prostitutes in the streets were just as likely to meet the Ripper’s knife as she was. The fact that she lived in fear of the Whitechapel Murderer could lead one to believe that she at least knew who it was, or had a strong idea as to the identity of the killer. The following paragraphs are the facts insofar as they can be ascertained as to the last few hours of Mary Kelly’s life.

On November 8, 1888; the night before the murder, around 7:30-7:45 Joseph Barnett went to visit Mary Kelly and the prostitute staying with her at the time left them to talk. After that we don’t know anything about what happens until around 11:45 that same evening when she was seen going towards her rooms with a man who was about 35 or 36 years old standing at 5’5”. He was described by the witness who saw them as being stout and blotchy-faced with a full carroty mustache. He had on a long and shabby overcoat with billycock hat and was carrying a quart pail of beer.

It is believed that at 12:30 a neighbor heard Mary Kelly in her room singing until around 1:00 when another prostitute, waiting for her partner was waiting outside Millers Court and didn’t hear anything. At 2:00am on the morning of November 9, Kelly was seen by George Hutchinson at Flower and Dean Street. Hutchinson walked with Kelly as far as Thrawl Street when Kelly was stopped by a man and he whispered something in her ear (It’s unknown what was said but her reply was “all right” while his was “You will be alright for what I have told you.”)

Afterwards they turned around and walked back toward Millers Court. Hutchinson observed the man as they turned around and stated that the man stood at about 5’6”, about 35-36 years of age. He had a heavy mustache that curled up at the ends with dark eyes, bushy eyebrows and a dark complexion.
The man was wearing a soft felt hat that was drawn over his eyes, a long dark coat trimmed with astrakhan, a dark jacket underneath, dark trousers, a white collar, a black necktie with a horseshoe pin, a massive gold chain and watch chain which had a large seal with a large red stone hanging from it. He wore a dark pair of “spats” with light buttons over button boots and carried a pair of brown kid gloves in his right hand with a package in his left hand believed to be about 8 inches long with a strap around it.

By all past and modern accounts of the Ripper, it may be possible that this was him as it was believed he carried his tools around in such a package as the one described above. However it is my opinion that Mary kelly never met her end at the knife of Jack the Ripper.

Hutchinson followed them to Millers Court and waited outside Millers Court until 3:00am. At around 4:00am, a loud cry of murder was heard within the general area. At the same hour, the woman who heard the cry of murder turned back into her room and she didn’t report hearing anything or seeing any kind of light in Mary Kelly’s room. A person above Kelly’s room also heard the cry of murder at 4:00am but ignored it as it was a common occurrence in the area.

Nothing tantamount to the case happens until about 8:00am when a woman went across to borrow a shawl from Kelly. After getting no reply, the woman just left. It is also believed at this time that Kelly was seen briefly leaving then returning to her rooms. This would be between 8:00 and 8:30am. It is further believed that Kelly was seen talking to a fish porter around 9:00am outside one of the local pubs and she was still seen there at roughly 10:00am talking with people. At 10:45am, the landlord sent his assistant to collect Kelly’s back rent and when he went to push the curtain aside from the broken window pane to unlatch the door, he seen Kelly’s mutilated body on her bed.

Now, coming to a stop on the description of Kelly’s last moments, you’ll notice that close to the time her body was found, she was seen talking to a fish porter. Isn’t it likely that it was Joseph Barnett? Following this line of thought, it’s easy to establish some kind of chain of events:
Joseph Barnett loved Mary Kelly, but his affections were not returned. He resentfully left after being pushed out by her insisting on allowing other prostitutes to sleep in the already cramped room with them.

It is curious to also note at this point that the key to the door of the room was missing before Barnett left and they were the only two who knew to instinctively unlatch the door through the broken window pane. So there are three possible explanations for this: 1.) Joseph Barnett reached in trough the window pane to let himself in. 2.) Mary Kelly brought him to Millers Court after talking with him in the bar that morning or 3.) She let him in because she knew for sure it was him who was outside her door.

Joseph Barnett also had the motive to kill Mary Kelly seeing has he felt scorned and possibly used. If Kelly was living in such fear of the Whitechapel Murderer, it is highly unlikely she’d bring a random stranger back to her room for frolicking and I believe that she knew the men she brought back to her rooms at the separate times.

I also firmly believe that the last man to see her alive was Joseph Barnett as he’d probably be one of the few men she’d allow in her rooms with her alone in such a tense time throughout Whitechapel as the murderer was still at large.

Skipping over the time when people waited to get into the room. Once the coroner was ready to make his post-mortem report, here were the findings:

- The body was lying naked in the middle of the bed, the shoulders were flat, but the axis of the body was inclined towards the left side of the bed.

- The head was turned onto the left cheek. The left arm was close to the body with the forearm flexed at a right angle and lying across the abdomen.

- The right arm was slightly abducted from the body and rested on the mattress, the elbow bent and the forearm supine with the fingers clenched.

- The legs were wide apart, the left thigh at right angles to the trunk, and the right forming an obtuse angle with the pubes.

- The face had been cut in all directions and the nose, cheeks, eyebrows and ears were partly removed.

- The lips were blanched and cut by several incisions running down to the chin.

- The neck was cut through the tissues and muscle down to the fifth and sixth vertebra of the spinal column, and the air passage was cut at the lower part of the larynx through the cricoid cartilage.

- Both breasts were removed by rough circular incisions and the skin and tissues of the abdomen from the costal arch to the pubes were removed in three large flaps. The abdominal cavity had been completely emptied of its organs with the exception of part of the stomach.

- The right thigh was cut to the bone, the left thigh was stripped of skin, fascia and muscles as far as the knee, and the left calf had a long gash through the skin and tissues to the deep muscles which reached from the knee to five inches above the ankle.

- The uterus, kidneys and one breast were found under her head. The other breast by the right foot, the liver between the feet, the intestines were by the right side of the body and the spleen was along the left side of the body.

- The flaps of skin removed from the abdomen and thighs were found on a table.

- The lower part of the right lung was broken and torn away and her heart was missing.

If you take the time to really think about the extensive injuries done to the victim, it’s not hard to see or imagine that this murder was personal and the victim definitely knew her attacker and knew what he was going to do. This attack, to me, shows rage of the highest kind, and also pain, jealousy, and longing. The only person who had all this to lose with Mary Kelly was Joseph Barnett and it is for that simple reason that I believe Joseph Barnett killed Mary Kelly.

Okay, he was interrogated for several hours but found to not know much if anything at all. Which means everything and nothing. Even then, the higher-ups in the investigation had their pet theories and anyone who didn’t mesh with what they perceived to be the killer would naturally be overlooked. Not to mention, it would have been easy for Barnett to wash his hands outside of Millers Court unnoticed due to the fact he was a regular face around there for such a long time. From there he could have gone to work or gone to the pub and lived out the rest of his life.

A strange thing happened after the brutalization of Mary Kelly in Miller’s Court. The newspapers barely covered the story, and the East End saw an unparalleled level of camaraderie. Everyone stopped being afraid, and went on about their lives. But why is this? Was it known to people why she was killed? Were the East Enders hiding the killer all along? Were the canonical five victims given up by the huddled and disenfranchised masses for the slaughter? Was there a cover up between the royal family, the Metropolitan Police, the press and Scotland Yard? The world will never know.

Now, when you look at the pattern of injury, it has “personal” written all over it. I mean, to mutilate the face like that so it was barely recognizable isn’t just a random attack. The attacker was in the room long enough to perpetrate these heinous crimes and therefore, it’s highly likely that she knew her attacker. My suspect for this killing is Joseph Barnett, her ex lover.

See, the two had originally taken the room at Miller’s Court and Barnett paid for it with his job as a fishmonger (experience with sharp knives and gutting). However, the feelings may not have been mutual because Kelly would bring her prostitute friend to stay in the room. This caused a lot of tension and caused Barnett to leave. However the two remained civil. But I believe the jealousy of Barnett for seeing Kelly and her friends living in the room he paid for without any appreciation would have been too much to bear.

I think that one night, Barnett may have gone to try and talk to Kelly and reason with her. But he may have let his jealousy build up too much and carrying his knife with him, he attacked and killed Mary Kelly in blind and passionate rage. As a fishmonger, he’d be exposed to not only blood but sharp knives and gutting experience. The brutality of the attack too, shows that Kelly’s murder was decidedly personal and no one else had such a strong motive for such a brutal attack.

So, in this essay, I’ve attempted to shed some doubt on the current theory that all five murders were committed by the same person. Although I don’t feel that I could ever conclusively prove it, I feel that I had shed enough doubt to make people think. Through honest inquiry and research the Ripper Myth is slowly becoming unmasked.

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Comment: I like only two or three of them…

Holy Shit Ubisoft *SPOILER*

So I did some reading on the Jack the Ripper murders and in the database for the Jack the Ripper DLC. The last of Jack’s murders historically and canonically was Mary Jane Kelly who Evie examined. Mary died 9 November 1888. In case that day doesn’t ring a bell, her death falls on Jacob and Evie’s 41st birthday. So if Evie tracked down Jack and killed him the same day she found Mary Jane Kelly, the twins were reunited on their birthday after 15 years apart.

Excuse me while I pick my heart up off the floor before it makes anymore of a mess…

Shinigami are morbid folks in general

Everyone says Sascha is a creepy one, but in fact almost all Shinigami do have a few screws loose. Do I have to remind you how Grell butchered those prostitutes (see: Mary Jane Kelly) and poetically talks about blood, Ronald looked like he was having so much fun grinding up the heads of the Bizarre Dolls and Eric slaughtered hundreds of humans to cure his beloved one Alan? Being a race who oversees death 24/7, this isn’t surprising. Poor William might be one of the few fully sane Shinigami out there, no wonder he’s so stoic the whole time, ha.

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Mary Jane Kelly and Marie Laveau ♥♥♥

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Mary Jane Kelly aka Marie Jeanette Kelly

Victim of unidentified murderer, Jack the Ripper, London 1888

Born: c.1863

Murdered: 9 November 1888

Mary Jane Kelly was believed to be the last Jack the Ripper victim, found on the morning of 9th November 1888. Like the other victims, it is believed that her throat had been cut, with mutilations on her body being performed after her murder. Mutilations included: removal of thighs and abdomen; removal of both breasts; disfigurement of face and mutilated arms. Various body parts were scattered around the room (as seen in the picture), with one of her breasts under her head and the other by her left foot. Her boyfriend, Joseph Barnett, was questioned following her murder and he is still a Jack the Ripper suspect. Kelly’s landlord, John McCarthy and her ex-boyfriend Joseph Fleming were also put forth as her possible murderer. As with the other victims, she was also a prostitute, though slightly younger at 25.

Another scar, another memory..
If I can keep it inside, then the world can’t see,
I have to fight what comes so easily,
What the night can’t hide,
I save for you and me…

By the light of the razors night,
we must stand, we must fight


Save me, but do you want to be saved?
I’m so scared, that was never enough
To hold, to hope, to trust, just know, I won’t let you go

Silver shines and somethings burning,
Skin and bone can’t stop the hurting,
And so she showed me explicitly,
she took my hand , we danced, for misery,

What else do you want from me?
All you have to do is say,
The best way is not the easy way,
It will get better, if you remember


Save me, but do you want to be saved?
I’m so scared, that was never enough
To hold, to hope, to trust, just know, I won’t let you go


And as we fall apart tonight,
I won’t let you go tonight,
And as we fall apart tonight,
I won’t let you go tonight,
We’re always searching,
I’m always searching…
For something, to make me feel alive