Jack the Ripper

His name invokes a sense of terror, even though it’s been more than 100 years since the brutal murders of (at least) 5 young women in 19th Century London. Part of what makes the legend so intriguing is the name – “Jack the Ripper” came from a letter supposedly written by the killer (though later believed to be a hoax). The myth of this unidentified serial killer still lives on today – as evidenced by the numerous fictional and nonfictional attempts to explain the mystery.

If you’re one of the many people who are just a little curious, check out one of these resources:


The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away by John E. Douglas

The Complete Jack the Ripper: A to Z by Paul Begg

Death at Whitechapel by Robin Paige (fictional account of the potential involvement of the Churchills)

The Dracula Dossier by James Reese (fictional account of Bram Stoker’s involvement with the case)

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye (fictional account of Sherlock Holmes’ investigation into the case)

The Frightened Man by Kenneth Cameron (fictional account of a 20th Century stalking by Jack)

Jack the Ripper by Richard Gordon (fictional account of a doctor who is drawn into the case)

Jack the Ripper: The Complete Casebook by Donald Rumbelow

Murder and Madness: The Secret Life of Jack the Ripper by David Abrahamsen

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases by Mike Capuzzo

The Night of the Ripper by Robert Bloch (fictional account of the investigation)

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper by Paul West (fictional account of a prince’s involvement)

Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Pamela Elizabeth West (fictional account of the investigation)



BBC History: Historical Figures – Jack the Ripper

Casebook: Jack the Ripper

London Metropolitan Police: The Enduring Mystery of Jack the Ripper

Time Magazine: Jack the Ripper Revisited

Wikipedia: Jack the Ripper


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