Whitechapel Murders

· Tue., Aug 7, Martha Tabram, is stabbed 39 times in chest, abdomen, throat, and genitalia with 2 different knives. She was found in George Yard Buildings.

· Fri., Aug 31, Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols’ body was discovered at about 3:40 a.m. in Buck’s Row, Whitechapel. The throat was severed deeply by two cuts, and the lower part of the abdomen was partly ripped open by a deep, jagged wound. Several other incisions on the abdomen were caused by the same knife.

· Sat., Sep 8, Annie Chapman is killed similarly to Nichols. Chapman’s body was discovered at about 6 a.m. near a doorway in the back yard of 29 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields. As in the case of Mary Ann Nichols, the throat was severed by two cuts. The abdomen was slashed entirely open and it was later discovered that the uterus had been removed.

· Mon., Sep 17, The first possible letter from Jack the Ripper arrives but is kept away from public knowledge and the media. It talks about people wrongly thinking Jack is Jewish, that he’s right under the nose of Lusk (head of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee) and it’s signed “Jack the Ripper.”

· Thu., Sep 27, the Dear Boss letter was received at the Central News Agency. It is thought the first to use the name ‘Jack the Ripper’

· Sun., Sep 30, Elizabeth “Long Liz” Stride and Catherine (Kate) Eddowes are both killed sending London into a panic. Part of Eddowes’ bloodied apron was found at the entrance to a tenement in Goulston Street, Whitechapel.

· Mon., Oct 1, the Saucy Jack postcard is written and received at the Central News Agency. It talks about a double event. But it was postmarked after details had already been published in the papers. The morning issue of the Daily News first prints the text of the Dear Boss letter.

· Tue., Oct 2, “The Whitehall Mystery” was the term coined for the discovery of a headless torso of a woman in the basement of the new Metropolitan Police headquarters being built in Whitehall. An arm belonging to the body was previously discovered floating in the river Thames near Pimlico, and one of the legs was subsequently discovered buried near where the torso was found. The other limbs and head were never recovered and the body was never identified.

· Mon., Oct 15, the From Hell letter is postmarked and sent with a human female kidney preserved in alcohol.

Whitechapel Murders

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