Conspiracy Theories “Jack the Ripper: the facts (pt 1)”

Hey Hi my lovelies! My name is Tanya Hooper and welcome to TanyaTale. This is my little space on the internet to share anything and everything I want with you. Be it anything from conspiracy theories to embarrassing real life stories, we’ve got it here. So, if you are new be sure to click the like and subscribe buttons to get updates every time I post and if you are returning – Welcome back.

I am aware that I do have to apologise. As you may apologise over the last month we have been lacking in the post department and I thought before we delve into this post I would explain. Over the last month there have been a lot of changes to my schedule and over all life. I have gone from living in student accommodation, unemployed with great WIFI to living in privately rented accommodation with a full-time job and some pretty awful WIFI. I have also had some … interesting … events which I am going to save for a TaleTime! So, I hope you can explain the lack of posts and trust that now I’ve settled into a routine … were back!

Now that’s out of the way lets get into todays post. A little while ago I posted saying I may begin posting some conspiracy theories and you guys seemed excited by the idea and so here it is… I thought I would start with one about Jack the Ripper since I have always been intrigued by it – I highly recommend the Ripper Walks if you are in London! There was so much to cover however, that I have split it into two posts. Not to worry though, both are being posted at the same time however this post covers the facts (information about the victims and murders and the letters sent to the police department) and the other one (which I will link here!) which delves right into some of my favourite conspiracy theories about these murders.

Be sure to give this post a like if you find it at all chilling, helpful or enjoyable to read  and lets get into the facts …

The Victims

Between the years 1888 and 1891 there were said to be hundreds of Ripper Victims however, due to Jack the Ripper never having been caught Historians are left to dispute which of these women really were victims of the real Ripper and which were victims of copy-cat killers. Despite many disputes there seems to be consensus between five definitive victims. These were: Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly.

There were many similarities between these victims. All five victims were around 5’5ft in height. Most had dark hair and a history of alcohol abuse while all had resorted to prostitution following a failed relationship. The only major exception to this rule is Mary Jane Kelly, who is the most disputed of all the victims.

The first murder historians agree to have been at the hands of the Ripper was that of Mary Ann Nichols. On the night of her murder she was thrown out of her doss house and was working the streets trying to earn some money. She was found four hours later by two work men in the early hours of the morning.

She had bruising across her face and a strategic and clean incision on her neck. This incision severed tissue and neck vessels. She also had a jagged cut across her abdomen. The coroner concluded that these injuries indicated that the weapon was a long-bladed knife, suggesting great violence. The injuries were also those of a left-handed person.

The second murder was of Annie Chapman. She too was kicked out of her lodgings on the night of her murder. The last person to see her alive, Amelia Palmer, claimed to have seen Annie with a man in the early hours of the morning and heard her say the word “yes.” However, and this to me is the most chilling part of Chapman’s murder. A potential witness to the crime claimed Chapmans last words to be “no.” … Creepy right?

Chapman’s injuries were consistent with those of Mary Ann Nichols. She too had bruising on her face and a jagged incision in keeping with a long sharp knife. Her abdomen was cut open and her legs were spread wide. She also had a mutilated vagina.

The next two Ripper Victims were closely associated as both Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were murdered just hours apart on the 30th of September. It is argued that following an interruption with his mutilation of Stride, whose body was still warm upon discovery, that Jack the Ripper took off and, in a rage, found another victim.

Strides appearance and history were in keeping with the other victims. She had dark brown hair and had a history of alcohol abuse. Her murder took place in the very early hours of the morning and was disturbed by the noise of the working men’s club. This is why her injuries were less severe.

Her legs were drawn up and her throat was gashed however, there was no damage to the abdomen as there had been with all the other murders.

Eddowes on the other hand had several injuries – arguably the worst of all the victims. Her throat had been cut and her abdomen exposed with her intestine largely drawn out. Her ear had been cut right through. Eddowes face was also mutilated to a great extent, there was a gash: below her eye; across the bridge of her nose and through her cheek and the tip of her nose had been cut clean off. The violence of these injuries suggests the Ripper to have been angered by the interruption of his previous attempt.

Eddowes did have similarities to the other victims as her hair was dark and she was short with children out of wedlock however she was not completely in keeping with the other victims. Her hair was dark auburn rather than brown and her height came in around 5ft, which was a little shorter than the others. Eddowes had also never been married – however she did have 3 children and despite having the occasional drink, it was agreed Eddowes did not abuse alcohol. Furthermore, Eddowes was not a regular woman of the night, and when she did resort to prostitution, her discretion was creditable. It is argued that these differences are a result of Jack the Ripper not having much time to find a victim who exactly fit his MO and so found a woman who was close enough.

Jack the Rippers final victim historians agree upon was Mary Jane Kelly. Kelly is the most disputed Ripper victim due to her appearance not fitting the killers MO. She was young, aged around 27 at the time of her death and was tall and blonde. She was also said not to drink in the same manner the other victims did. She was also fairly well off. However, there were some similarities between Kelly and the other victims. For example, she had been married with three children before her husband passed leaving her a widow. She had also turned to prostitution as means to an end.

Unlike the other victims, Kelly’s body was found in her lodgings, naked. Some of her injuries were also in keeping with the other Ripper victims, her legs were spread apart, and her face was mutilated. She had a cut across her neck which severed tissue however, unlike the other victims, this cut was jagged and unclean. There was also a lot more blood than there had been with the other victims. However, her left breast and her abdomen had been cut open and mutilated.

The Letters

During the Autumn of terror, the police department received hundred of letters from people claiming to be Jack the Ripper. However, only a select few of these letters were thought to be authentic.

One of such letters was the Dear Boss¸ letter received by the police department a few days before the double murder. At first this letter was thought to be a hoax however, it’s mention of the cutting off of an ear-lobe was too coincidental for the police to dismiss it. It was also too creepy for me not to insert a transcript of below…

Dear Boss,
I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn’t you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife’s so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.

Yours truly
Jack the Ripper

Dont mind me giving the trade name

PS Wasnt good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it No luck yet. They say I’m a doctor now. ha ha

This letter was also how the Ripper got his name. That’s right, Jack the Ripper named himself in this dear Boss letter and the newspapers ran with it … I find that incredibly chilling.

Another letter was the saucy Jacky letter. This was more of a post card however, its referencing to the double murder and the previous letter left little doubt of its authenticity. Furthermore, the language used is similar and the writing was a match. The letter, quiet creepily, was covered in blood …

was not codding dear old Boss when I gave you the tip, you’ll hear about Saucy Jacky’s work tomorrow double event this time number one squealed a bit couldn’t finish straight off. ha not the time to get ears for police. thanks for keeping last letter back till I got to work again.

Jack the Ripper

There were many more letters sent to the police department which were argued to be from Jack the Ripper and I will attach a link to a website where you can find them here. This website also has further information about the victims and murders and also contains a list of other suspects. But the final letter I want to talk about is the From Hell letter. This is arguably one of the most infamous letters with a TV show about Jack the Ripper using its name for a title.

In mid- October the head of the Whitechapel vigilance committee received half a kidney in the mail. Medical reports found this to be similar to that of the victim Catherine Eddowes. However, the findings were inconclusive, yet the letter was scary either way.

From hell.
Mr Lusk,
I send you half the Kidne I took from one woman and prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer

Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk

Of all the letters I find this to be the most chilling however, I also find it not to fit with the other letters. To begin the level of literacy known by the writer of the third letter was far less than the previous two. This is shown by the mis-spelling of simple words such as knife. Which was spelt correctly in the dear boss letter and incorrectly in the from hell letter.

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