Jack the Ripper
On August 31, 1888, at 3:40 am the body of 42-year old Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols was discovered on a street called Buck’s Row. She had last been seen alive at approximately 2:30 am walking in the direction of Buck’s Row and drunkenly proclaiming that she had earned her doss money three times that night, but had spent it and was out to earn it again (Whitechapel Road). Polly was 5’2’’ tall with brown gra...
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o was in London at the time of the murders
o had anatomical knowledge
o had a collection of wombs in jars
o no more murders after he left England on November 24, 1888
o had the wealth necessary to change his clothes frequently
o had a tendency toward violence
o several acquaintances in America believed he was likely the Ripper
These are but two from a long list that exists of Ripper suspects. Hundreds have at one time or another been alleged to be Jack the Ripper. Friends and acquaintances have debated the case for over a century. A renowned crime author has conducted her own investigation and has come to her own controversial conclusion about Jack. There have been movies made and board games created that revolve around Jack the Ripper. It seems that we will never know the truth of the Ripper’s identity, but in reality, do we really want to know?
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