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jack the ripper

investigating the infamous killer


Jack the ripper



Mental health in the 19th century

The victims

Jack the ripper

The Origins Of our murderer

Jack the Ripper terrorized London in 1888, killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies in a gruesome manner, indicating that the killer had substantial knowledge of the human anatomy. The killer was never captured - or even identified. Jack the Ripper remains one of Englands most known and infamous criminals.


All five murders belonging to Jack the Ripper took place within a mile of each other, in or near the Whitechapel district of London’s East End, from August 7 to September 10, 1888. Several other murders occurring around that time period have also been investigated as the work of Jack the Ripper.

A number of letters were allegedly sent by the killer to the London Metropolitan Police Service (also known as Scotland Yard), taunting officers about his gruesome killings and speculating on murders to come. The nickname “Jack the Ripper” originates from a letter—which may have been a scam—published at the time of the attacks.

His or her name and motive remain unknown despite countless investigations claiming definitive evidence of the killer‘s identity.

Numerous theories about Jack the Ripper’s identity have surfaced over the past several decades, which include claims accusing the famous Victorian painter Walter Sickert, a Polish migrant and even the grandson of Queen Victoria. Since 1888, more than 100 suspects have been named, feeding into widespread folklore and ghoulish entertainment surrounding the mystery.


How was life in the 19th century like?

The unfortunate

Poverty & crimE

Whitechapel offered the optimal breeding ground for crimes and poor behavior. Murder, prostitution and violence were common and vicious circles like these were rarely broken in such poor districts. The streets were unimaginably dirty and fresh food was hard to come by. Due to pollution and a poor sewage there was always a dreadful smell hanging in the air.

For women life was much harder. Due to a lack of proper work and money many women and girls were led into prostitution, which was in high demand by those wishing to escape their grim realities. The women were commonly referred to as ‚unfortunates‘ and only owned what they wore and carried in their pockets - their deeds would pay for their for the night. The lack of contraception meant that many unorthodox abortions were performed in dirty facilities, including back streets.This fed into thecycle of disease and many women would die of infection from these ill-performed surgeries.




The Victims




The 42-year-old prostitute and mother of five children was found dead on 31st August 1888. She was the first victim of Jack the Ripper.




Annie Chapman was a 47-year-old prostitute and had to earn a living for her and her children. She was killed in the night of the 8th September.




After the marriage of the Swedish-native Elizabeth fell apart, she resorted in prostitution again. Her corps was found on 29th September 1888.

Mary Ann Nichols had begun her work as a prostitute two years after her marriage failed due to her frequent overindulgence in alcohol. The night she died, Mary Ann had been seen in her dosshouse and in a pub. Later that night, a constable found her dead body on the street and saw that her throat had been cut.

Annie Chapman was found dead in the backyard of 29 Hanbury Street by a resident of the houses nearby. The woman's throat had been cut twice and parts of her body had been removed.

Elizabeth was the third victim and found in the night of 29th September 1888. The fact that just her throat was sliced caused some doubt Jack the Ripper's involvement.



The Victims II




Catherine was a 46-year-old divorced woman. She died on the 30th September 1888 and has been seen talking to a man before she was found dead

MAry JAne



Mary Jane was the final and youngest victim of Jack the Ripper. Her body was found inside her home, where several body partswere placed around the room.

The death of Catherine was the second of the double event, where two woman were killed during the same night. Catherine was arrested for being drunk and released after sobering up. She was brutally sliced open and her body was multilated.

Mary Jane died in the night of 9th November 1888. She was seen earlier seen in a pub drinking and in the following morning she was found by her landlord who came to collect her outstanding rent.

Basic information on Jack the Ripper

Introducing the main character of the story (1916)

Perspective of the killer (1916)


Diary Entry (1916)

Introducing the murder

Patient protocol about Jack the Ripper (1890)- electrotherapy

Diary Entry (1916)

Investigation of the crimescene


Chapter 2

Chapter 4

ChaPter 5

Chapter 3

Chapter 1

Patient Protocol (1890)

Possible triggers are explained

Main character (1916)

Discovers the crimescene

Diary Entry (1916)

Wrong murderer gets captured

Storyboard II

Diary Entry (1916)

Investigating possible killers

Perspective of the killer

Patient Protocol for Aldwyn

Love Letter

Chapter 6

Chapter 8

Chapter 10


Chapter 9

Chapter 7

Mental health in the 19th century


Care for the mental-ill was almost non-existent

"Moral treatment" was the predominating philosophy to cure the insane.

  • Between 1850 and 1880, viewpoints reverted back to mental illnesses being the result of weak family and crimes comitted by ancestors

  • By 1884 neurologists and superintendents of asylums were forced into an uneasy truce resulting in medical standards for superintendents, greater control over asylums and research. Medical education began to include the study of insanity.

  • It is believed that brain damage is causing insanity, which is related to phrenology

The system was developed in late 18th century Europe, and by Benjamin Rush in the US. It challenged the demonic explanations for insanity and emphasized the role of environment in determining character; improper external conditions are thought to induce derangement. This specific system was optimistic that an appropriate environment could facilitate cure.