The most famous, gruesome, unsolved serial killings in history have continued to fascinate us since the terrifying autumn of 1888 when Jack the Ripper walked the streets of Whitechapel.
Today, the area has totally changed and some streets no longer exist, but it’s still possible to retrace the steps of London’s most notorious serial killer.
For a spine-tingling adventure, visit the sites where the gruesome murders actually took place. Who knows, you may even see a ghost of two!
Here’s a quick guide to 5 spooky spots in London where you can trace Jack the Ripper’s steps.
- Durward Street (Buck’s Row)
It was here that the Ripper’s first ‘official’ victim, Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Nicholls, was killed in the early hours of August 31, 1888.
The street has changed considerably since then; even its name is different. All that remains of that night is the old school building (now converted flats), where Polly’s body was found slumped in the gutter near the main gates.
For years after the murder, many swore to have seen a woman’s body in the gutter and horses and dogs would shy away from the area.
- Ten Bells Pub, Commercial Street
To get a real feel of the autumn of 1888, step inside the Ten Bells pub where it’s believed Jack stalked his victims. The interior is almost unchanged since that fateful period.
Jack’s second victim, Annie Chapman, had been seen drinking here on September 8, just before her mutilated body was found at 5am in the backyard of nearby 29 Hanbury Street.
Jack’s final victim, Mary Kelly, was also drinking here on the night of her death. The street outside the pub was where she ‘pitched’ customers.
- Henrique Street (Berner Street)
On September 30, two murders took place. The still warm body of Elizabeth Stride was found in Berner Street (now Henrique Street), a short distance from Commercial Street. Her throat was slit, but she hadn’t been mutilated. It’s thought Jack was disturbed and fled the scene before he could finish the job. For months after, her screams could still be heard. Ironically, a school playground now covers the murder site.
- Mitre Square
Possibly the spookiest spot, Mitre Square is the murder scene of Jack’s 4th victim, Catherine Eddowes, whose mutilated body was found at 1.45am by a passing policeman.
Today the site is surrounded by a school and modern office buildings, but it’s said that the original cobblestones glow red in late September, and there are various reports of people seeing a bundle of clothes and the shape of a woman, which disappear as they get closer.
- Millers Court, Dorset Street
Mary Jane Kelly was the only victim killed indoors. Her murder was also the most gruesome. On November 9, the 24-year-old prostitute, who was pregnant, was literally butchered beyond recognition.
The lodging house and street no longer exist but were located in the heart of Spitalfields. It’s hard to imagine this now trendy area was once the most vicious and deprived area of London.
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