The Whitechapel Murders are a series of unsolved killings that were committed in and around the impoverished area of Whitechapel, in the East End of London, between 3rd April 1888 and 13th February 1891. Many researchers and historians believe that at least five of the murders were committed by an individual who became known as Jack the Ripper. These victims are known as ‘the Canonical Five’.
Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly make up the Canonical Five, but some historians claim that the true number of Jack the Ripper victims is higher.
Mary Ann Nichols is believed to be the first Jack the Ripper victim, and Mary Jane Kelly is considered to be the last, but with the identity of the assailant still unknown to this day, he could have continued killing elsewhere, so who knows who Jack the Ripper’s last victim really was? Maybe his first victim wasn’t Mary Ann Nichols.
As part of our casebook of Jack the Ripper victims, we have included potential Ripper victims, as well as those unanimously believed to have met their demise at the hands of the anonymous killer. We’ve compiled information about the lives of the victims, as well as photos to put a face to the names of those who so brutally met their ends.
Below, you can find all the information you need about the Canonical Five, as well as some of Jack the Ripper's other potential victims so you can draw your own conclusions as to just how prolific the unknown serial killer really was.