Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jack the Ripper

The Friday night we arrived in London "it was a dark and stormy night." The mood certainly called for a ghostly tour. So Karyn and I went fot the Jack the Ripper tour where we traveled the streets of London learning about the murders committed by the infamous Jack the Ripper.

You know the story of Jack the Ripper, a man who snuck through the slums of the East End of London in 1888 silently and gruesomely murdering five prostitutes. The authorities never discovered who the killer was, which makes the tale even more enticing.

We were lead by a man who was rather theatrical and really into the entire case of Jack the Ripper. He lead us down the streets and alleys where the murders took place in the Autumn of Terror and described how each of the women were murdered. Chilling.

Of course towards the end there were tons of speculation about what really happened and who the murderer probably was. There was even the odd conclusion from the terrible terrible movie from 2001, From Hell starring Johnny Depp that brought up the idea that Jack the Ripper was Queen Victoria's physician who was murdering all the prostitute friends of a Catholic girl who wrongfully married the Prince and had a baby that they took away to Ireland to be raised by Mary Kelly (who apparently never died?)

I personally am under the impression that there was more than one murderer and one must have been a doctor. 


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