Daily Archives: 23 October 2012

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper is one of the world’s most well-known, yet mysterious serial killers with a name that speaks for itself!

The Ripper, who was linked to a chain of murders targeting female prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888, often repeated the same mutilation to each victim. The five known victims are Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly.

The gruesome attacker removed the internal organs from at least three of the victims, so precisely that some people believed the killer was a Surgeon, or at least was familiar with the skills of autopsy.

He/She (as the gender of the killer is unknown) in fact named themself in a letter written to the media at that time, although many people considered this to be a hoax. In one of the letters, it included half a preserved kidney, which is one of the main reasons the serial killer was named ‘Jack The Ripper’.

The exact number of murders committed by the serial killer is still unknown. Largely due to lack of forensic facilities and knowledge back in the 19th century. Initially the Police conducted house-to-house enquiries throughout the area of the murders, and examined forensic material from the murder scenes. Shockingly over 2000 people were interviewed, of which more than 300 were personally investigated, and 80 were detained! Frustratingly none of this lead them to the killer. There are now over 100 theories about the Ripper case and the identity of this historical murderer still remain a mystery today!

In February of this year a ‘Jack The Ripper’ inspired pendant was included in our Spring collection, adapting the daunting and morbid tale, to create a Memorial piece to Whitechapel’s luckless victims. The ‘Jacks Tally’ pendant [P632] ‘features the bloodies knife purported to be the villain’s, and street signs of the five crime scenes with red crystal blood drops and Swarovski mourning stone…’

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