Could Jack the Ripper Actually Have Been a Royal?

By | June 6, 2018

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Illustration shows the police discovering the body of one of Jack the Ripper's victims, probably Catherine Eddowes, London, England, late September 1888. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

During the 1800s in London, England, the fog would get so bad they called it a “pea-souper”. You couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of you. This fog was mostly due to the combination of natural fog and coal smoke and could last for days. It continued through the 1800s.

We’ve all heard the stories of Jack the Ripper, a British unidentified serial killer in England during that time. It was believed that he would strike, killing his victims in the poor areas in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. Whitechapel is in the East End of London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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At least 5 women had been known to fall victim to this madman. No one knew who he was, where he’d strike again or who would be his next victim. However, one common thread these women shared was prostitution and they lived in London’s East End. The murders were bloody and horrific. Each of his victims were found not only with their throats cut but their internal organs were also removed. This of course, spread fear throughout the area. It is believed his killing spree started in 1888 and came to a halt four years later in 1891.

Not only was this madman referred to as Jack the Ripper, but along the way also became known by other nicknames, such as Leather Apron, The Whitechapel Murderer.