Jack the Ripper

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Jack the Ripper

The nickname given to London’s most notorious serial killer, between 1888 and 1891. Because the perpetrator was never caught, the actual number killed is unknown and ranges from 5 to 11. The London Metropolitan Police Service called the deaths the Whitechapel murders. The victims were female prostitutes; five of the victims were unequivocally attributed to the Ripper (the “canonical five”), while the others may not have been. Many of the victims shared deep throat slashes, abdominal and genital-area mutilation, multiple stab wounds, removal of internal organs and facial mutilation, which police regarded as the Ripper's signature. Some theorists have speculated that he had some anatomic training, with several indications to a Francis Tumblety.
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But as the editors comment: "Putting 16 Ripperologists in the same room could be regarded as being as sensible as leaving Jack the Ripper in a brothel.
Ripperologists (horrid word) in general, and Colin Wilson in particular, come in for some slashing knife-work worthy of the old eviscerator himself.
But John has said that their theory has not gone down well with Ripperologists.
Experts - dubbed Ripperologists - are expected to argue whether the wealthy Victorian Liverpool merchant was the notorious Jack the Ripper, who murdered at least five women in London in the 1880s and was never caught.