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Jack the Ripper is an unidentified serial killer(s) who struck between August and November 1888 , in London’s East End community of Whitechapel. The town had a population of 76,000, and 39.2 percent of its citizens lived in poverty at the time. There were at least 400 possible suspects in the case but the real killer was never caught and convicted. Jack the Ripper is the first serial killer to achieve worldwide notoriety. Whitechapel’s main industries were mainly boot and cabinet manufacturing shops. Employment was difficult to find, and jobs had poor working conditions, long hours, and low wages. Whitechapel was heavily inhabited with foreigners and drifters. Criminals, prostitutes, and the poor lived in group housing due to poverty. Whitechapel had sixty-three brothels, and more than 1,200 prostitutes. Many women working for low pay resorted to prostitution to survive. Prostitution had not been a crime in Victorian England until 1885 when parliament began to cracking down on prostitution, resulting in the closure of brothels which left women on the streets and at risk. For the most part Whitechapel was ignored by affluent London society, until the murders drew attention to the town. •Prince Albert Victor the grandson of Queen Victoria •Dr. William Gull a Royal physician •Dr. Sir John Williams the founder of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and a personal friend of Queen Victoria, and her daughter Princess Beatrice's gynecologist •Montague John Druitt - Barrister and teacher •Walter Sickert – Artist •Francis Tumblety, a US "quack" doctor, arrested for gross indecency at the time of the murders alleged to have kept a collection of female organs. •Lewis Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" •Prince Albert Victor, a royal family ladies man. •James Maybrick, a murdered cotton merchant The victims were poor, aging, prostitutes with drinking problems. They were strangled before their throats slashed. Their organs were surgically removed from their mutilated bodies. The murders occurred only on weekends. There were no witnesses and few leads. The popular theories were that the killer was either a religious fanatic ridding the world of prostitution or a medical doctor. The doctor theory was based on the anatomical knowledge the murderer showed. *A letter "From Hell" postmarked October 15, 1888 was received by the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee on October 16, along with half a human kidney in ethyl alcohol. A doctor determined the kidney was similar to the kidney taken from Eddowes. *Comparison of notes from the Ripper and Walter Sickert’s papers, drawings and paintings, led to a salivary mitochondrial DNA match. *After the two murders early September 30, Constable Alfred Long found a bloodstained scrap of fabric cloth from Eddowes' apron. Above a message was written on the wall in white chalk: "The Juwes are the men That Will not be Blamed for nothing." Or “The Juwes are not The men That Will be Blamed for nothing." As you can see the forensic investigation of these murders were lackluster an best. Although the investigations could have been performed better the technology available at the time was not very good so a thorough inquiry would have been nearly impossible anyway.
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