Get to know Mary Ann Nichols

The first, who is formally acknowledged as being one of the Jack the Ripper’s victims, was a woman by the name of Mary Ann Nichols commonly known as, “Polly Nichols”. She was regarded as an unfortunate, a prostitute, who lived in the Whitechapel area. William Nichols, lived in Coburn Street and worked as a Printer Machinist near the Old Kent Road. After he and Polly separated, he paid her a weekly allowance for her subsistence, but after hearing that she was also gaining money via prostitution he stopped her income. Polly fell deeper into a life of degradation. At the
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Annie Phillips Witness at Catherine Eddowes Inquest

Eldest daughter of Catherine and Thomas Conway. Born Catherine Ann Conway on 18th April 1863 at Yarmouth Workhouse in Norfolk. Had two illegitimate children by Louis Phillips; Louis, who was born c.1882 and Catherine, born 22nd September 1884 whilst the family were living at 317 Weston Street, Southwark. The couple eventually married on 3rd August 1885 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Southwark. By this time, Catherine Ann was calling herself ‘Annie’, living with Louis and the children at 14 Townsend Street, Old Kent Road and later 22 King Street, Bermondsey. On 10th August 1886 a third child, William, was born
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Dr Blackwells Findings

At 1.10.a.m. Dr.Blackwell arrived at Dutfields Yard to view Elizabeth Stride. His reported findings are: The deceased was lying on her left side obliquely across the passage, her face looking towards the right wall. Her legs were drawn up, her feet close against the wall of the right side of the passage. Her head was resting beyond the carriage-wheel rut, the neck lying over the rut. Her feet were three yards from the gateway. Her dress was unfastened at the neck. The neck and chest were quite warm, as were also the legs, and the face was slightly warm. The
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Fear in the Hearts of the East End

The third in the series of Jack the Ripper murders occurred in the early hours of the 30th of September 1888, less than three weeks after the brutal murder of Annie Chapman. This night struck fear into the very heart of the entire east End as two prostitutes were murdered on the same evening by the Ripper within an hour of each other and in two different locations. This was hailed in Ripper folklore as the, “Double Event”. The first victim on that night was called Elizabeth Stride, commonly known as Long Liz. Born in 1843 in Stora Tumlehead on
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The History of the Shawl

It was originally recorded that Catherine Eddowes was wearing the following at the time of her murder. Black straw bonnet trimmed in green and black velvet with black beads. Black strings, worn tied to the head. Black cloth jacket trimmed around the collar and cuffs with imitation fur and around the pockets in black silk braid and fur. Large metal buttons. Dark green chintz skirt, 3 flounces, brown button on waistband. The skirt is patterned with Michaelmas daisies and golden lilies. Man’s white vest, matching buttons down front. Brown linsey bodice, black velvet collar with brown buttons down front Grey
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An Ode to Jack the Ripper

In 1888, a gruesome legend came about A killer who killed women just for kicks Prostitutes his choice, this remained throughout One person will decipher how he ticks   In 2007, there was an auction, there for all In one particular item there was interest Why, I hear you ask, it is only an old shawl But for a certain Russell Edwards, it was best   This shawl helped piece together Gruesome deeds from olden times And it helped to prove forever Who was responsible for those crimes   For it unmasked Jack the Ripper Unprecedented in his day It
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Don’t you think it’s time you knew my name?

Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Aaron Kosminski. You won’t know me by name…yet. I was born in 1865 in Poland. In the early 1880s my family escaped the Russian pogroms, and we were lucky to take refuge in London, where I lived together with my two brothers and sister in Greenfield Street, E1. A hairdresser by trade, I suffered serious mental illness – probably paranoid schizophrenia – and was prone to auditory hallucinations and sexual ‘self-abuse’. My erratic behaviour was known to police in the area, I was even put under 24-hour surveillance until I
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Jack the Ripper Johnny Depp Tim Burton

Jack the Ripper, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and us – the men who solved the 126-year-old murder mystery on how their lives have changed Meet the Merseyside men who unmasked Jack The Ripper “I’d like Johnny Depp to play me in the film of our story, but he would need to cut his hair – and maybe he’d need to Skype me at Liverpool John Moores University so he could work on my Finnish accent!” This is a sentence Dr Jari Louhelainen – the senior lecturer in molecular biology at JMU whose brilliant scientific detective work helped unmask the identity
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Case Solved – Jack the Ripper Unmasked by DNA Technology – MTV.com

The most infamous murdering spree in London history has finally been solved 126 years after it occurred – at least, according to author Russell Edwards. In his new book “Naming Jack the Ripper,” which releases this Tuesday, Edwards details how a shawl bearing the serial killer’s blood led him to DNA evidence that proves Aaron Kiminski – one of six suspects whittled down over the years – was the man behind the 1888 killing spree that terrorized London’s East End. Kiminski was a Polish immigrant who lived in Mile End Old Town and was eventually admitted to a string of
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Russell Edwards – Whitchapel Society Article

Russell Edwards is a 48 year old businessman, originally from Birkenhead, who has, after years of dedicated research, produced the definitive evidence to prove the identity of the world’s most famous murderer: Jack the Ripper. Russell, who is married with two children and now lives in the south east of England, explains here how a combination of chance, hard work and cutting edge science has finally resolved the 126 year old case: It is more than seven years now since I went to an auction that changed my life. I bought a shawl: a large, very old, silk shawl, damaged,
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