1888 – Jack the Ripper kills Mary Jane Kelly

The last victim of Jack the Ripper – at least as far as everyone agrees upon – Mary Jane Kelly was both the most attractive and the most obscure of those killed by the Ripper.

No one knows why he stopped – although there are no shortage of theories – and in truth, the reason wouldn’t be much comfort to Kelly and her fellow victims. There are also those who believe that Kelly was not actually killed – that another woman was the victim and was subsequently mis-identified as Kelly. It certainly is possible that such a thing could have happened – the body was badly mutilated and parts of it had been burned, and the identification was largely based on the fact that the body was found in the room she rented.

So the question of who was Jack the Ripper also includes the question of was that really Mary Kelly?

Referenced in:

Jack the Knife – Falconer
Nice Man Jack – John Miles
Whitechapel – Manilla Road
Anthology of Evil – Infernäl Mäjesty
Jack the Ripper – Screaming Lord Sutch
The Curse of Whitechapel – Vernian Process

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols becomes the first victim of Jack the Ripper

He wasn’t the first serial killer, but he was one of the earliest of what we now recognise as the modern urban serial killers. And even today, he’s certainly the best known – which is doubly odd since the identity of the killer dubbed Jack the Ripper is still unknown (and likely to remain that way).

Although there are those who attribute two earlier murders – those of Martha Tabram and Emma Smith – to him, Mary Ann Nichols was the first murder to be agreed by all Ripperologists to be his doing. Nichols was an occasional prostitute and a heavy drinker, who was found dead after being savagely mutilated and left to bleed out outside a house on Buck’s Row, in Whitechapel. She was 43 years old.

Referenced in:

Jack the Knife – Falconer
Nice Man Jack – John Miles
Whitechapel – Manilla Road
Anthology of Evil – Infernäl Mäjesty
Jack the Ripper – Screaming Lord Sutch
The Curse of Whitechapel – Vernian Process