Jack the Ripper

Jeseah Gonzalez

Jeseah Gonzalez 

Mrs. Seltzer 

Journalism 

22 January 2020 

The Whitechapel Murderer 

The unidentified serial killer who terrorized Whitechapel, London, England goes by many names. Such as “The Whitechapel Murderer”, “Leather Apron”, or commonly known as “Jack the Ripper”. 

From August 7th to September 10th in 1888 Jack the Ripper was on the loose killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies. The serial killer was never captured or identified and to this day is still one of the world’s most infamous criminals. The victims that were found were all in a one-mile radius of each other inside or near the Whitechapel district in London’s east side. Numerous letters were claimed to be sent by the killer to the Metropolitan Police Service, most of the time taunting the officers about his horrific doings and more to come. The name “Jack the Ripper” originates from a letter that was published at the time of the attacks. His or her motive is still unknown. 

Jack the Ripper didn’t just kill his victims with a knife, he mutilated the women and removed their organs such as their kidneys or uteruses. All his crimes seemed to picture a deep hatred towards the entire female gender.  

Jack the Rippers killings unexpectedly ended during fall of 1888, but even though it ended, for the next century, London citizens wanted answers that weren’t there. The continuing case has created books, Movies, and TV shows about Jack the Ripper. After the year of 1888 he was still the biggest topic on news stories for the next 120 years. Not that long ago in 2011 a detective Trevor Marriott, who has been investigating the killing and all the evidence in the case for years made the papers when he was denied access to documents that were attached to the case by the Metropolitan Police. According to an ABC news article the documents weren’t handed over because they had protected information about police informants and that handing over the documents could prevent the informants from testifying in the future. 

It’s been 132 years since the Jack the ripper murders occurred. There’s been primary suspects in the case but there wasn’t enough proof to officially close the case. The serial is still unknown and was never captured.