This Day in History August 31, 1888

On this day in 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols is found murdered and mutilated. Mary Ann is the first known victim of London’s notorious serial killer known as JACK THE RIPPER. Over the next few months, four more victims would be identified as being killed by the same man, but no suspect was found.  It is believed that “Whitechapel Jack” was behind the murders of Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly; however, some believe that Jack The Ripper could have been responsible for up to eleven separate murders in London between 1888 and 1891. There has been endless speculation, and there have been numerous claims to have “solved” the Whitechapel murders, but historians and other “experts” cannot agree.  History buffs, true crime fans, and mystery lovers can all agree it is a case that intrigues us still to this day.

Jack the Ripper has inspired numerous accounts of his heinous crimes on film and in print, including both fiction and non-fiction. Will this case ever be solved?

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