So, for those of you who don't know I am insanely interested in serial killers. Mainly because I don't understand why anyone would be capable of committing their crimes, which also makes me incredibly interested in the concept of psychopathy and sociopathy. I know that I'm not the only person in the world thats interested in this, so I decided to start a segment on my blog called "Serial Killer Sunday" where I write about a serial killer each Sunday! (Probably not every Sunday lets face it). If there is anything extra you want me to know about a serial killer, or there's one that you want me to write about, please let me know in the comments or by contacting me on any of the sites listed on the side of my blog!
And to start off this series I thought that I would start with a serial killer who everybody has heard of, one that was never actually caught but everyone has heard his name...
Year's active: 1888 possibly until 1891
Number of Killings: 5 accepted, possible 18.
Killing method: Strangulation
Year caught: Never Caught
Where now: Unknown
Jack the Ripper is considered one of the first ever recorded and most famous serial killer of all time. With five known victims that were heavily mutilated and over a hundred years later, his identity is still unknown.
The killings occurred in the east end of London in 1888. Even now, you can take a tour in London, at night, around where the killings took place, I wouldn't be brave enough to do that!
The name "Jack the Ripper" came from letters supposedly from the serial killer who signed them with that name. During the time, however, the serial killer was
often referred to as "The White chapel Murderer" or "Leather Apron". Jack the Ripper's victim count is often disputed over, it is generally accepted that he had five victims, however there are twelve more murders that were believed to have been the work of Jack the Ripper, but were never officially confirmed, if you want to read more detail on the victims click here