The Ripper Inflames London’s Divisions

Lead: In the summer and fall of 1888 the City of London was shocked by a series of brutal murders in the Whitechapel district east of the financial center.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The victims were six older, drunken female prostitutes whose bodies were mutilated in a most thorough and almost professional fashion. Letters bearing the name "Jack the Ripper" were sent to the police and news agencies, one note included part of a human kidney. As they terrified London at the time these murders have fascinated investigators in the years since. Many theories have been laid as to the identity of the murderer but none are truly satisfying. Jack or whoever did them remains shrouded in mystery.

 

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