Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Date With History: 1888

Exactly 128 years ago, London's 'Autumn of Terror' ended suddenly when Jack the Ripper's final prey
was discovered, horribly mutilated in her lodging
room. 25 year old prostitute Mary Jane Kelly was
the killer's fifth and youngest canonical victim, and
she was the only one murdered indoors.
November 9th 1888 was the day of the annual
Lord Mayor's parade. At about 11 am, Kelly's land-
lord sent his agent to collect her rent, but instead
he found her corpse, at 13 Miller's Court, off Dorset street, in Spitalfields.
Two witnesses claimed to have seen Kelly alive
earlier that morning, at around 8.30 and 10 am.
This interesting discrepancy has given rise to a
theory (used as a plot device in the From Hell
graphic novel, and the subsequent film version),
that another women was mistaken for Kelly and slain in her place.
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Charles Warren bowed to mounting criticism, and had already decided to resign on the same day as Kelly's murder.

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