Thursday, November 09, 2006

Jack the Ripper kills last known victim 1888

Her name was Mary Jane Kelly. Jack the Ripper is the pseudonym of the unidentified serial killer (or killers) active in Whitechapel and adjacent districts of London in the latter half of 1888.The name is from a letter to the Central News Agency by someone claiming to be the murderer, published at the time of the killings.

1 comment:

Denise Eagan said...

Oh, yeah and Patricia Cornwell wrote a great book on Jack the Ripper--Portrait of a Killer.

It's funny how we think of serial killers as a 20th-21st century phenomenon, but there were quite a few during Victorian Times. We just didn't call them serial killers. There was even a child serial killer in Boston--I forget his name--in the 1880's. Evil has been around for a long, long time!