Joe Wareham is a digital nomad and the founder of the travel blog Worlds Away: worldsaway.org
Published January 31st 2017
Ripperologists loose in London
Jack The Ripper's identity remains to be one of the world's biggest unsolved mysteries, and for over 100 years people have been speculating on everything from who Jack The Ripper really was, to how many women he actually killed.
It is believed that Jack The Ripper murdered eleven different women in East London between 1888 and 1891, and all of the murders took place within a mile of each other; (in the districts of Whitechapel, Aldgate, Spitalfield and the City of London). To this day, people from all over the world visit East London just for the sole reason of scoping out all of Jack The Ripper's supposed crime scene locations.
If you're hoping to visit a few or even all of the Jack The Ripper-related sites during your next visit to London, here are some tips on the different activities you can do:
Stroll around Jack The Ripper's former hunting ground
It may be a bit on the morbid side (or maybe a lot on the morbid side), but if you really want to see all of the Ripper-related sites in London, then visiting the locations where the bodies of Ripper's victims were discovered is a must.
The majority of the murder locations are actually relatively close to each other; however, because much of the Whitechapel area was redeveloped during the 1920s, finding them all today can be a bit tricky. So if you really want to scope out all the Jack The Ripper crime scene locations around East London, your best bet would be to go on a Jack The Ripper tour so you can cram all the sites into one afternoon.
Enjoying a mouthwatering ale in the same building where Jack The Ripper used to stalk his unfortunate victims may not be everyone's cup of tea, but visiting this pub should be on the forefront of every Ripper enthusiast's mind.
The body of Annie Chapman (Ripper's second victim) was discovered around the corner from here on the morning of September 8th, 1888, and it is believed that Chapman, as well as Mary Jane Kelly (who is believed to be Ripper's final victim), may have been drinking at the pub and/or working outside the pub shortly before their deaths.
Today the pub is a popular hangout for both locals and Ripper enthusiasts alike, and it even has reprinted newspaper pages about the "Whitechapel Murders" near the steps to their basement as well.
This East London museum has been plagued with controversy since it first opened its doors in 2015, but for anyone interested, the Jack The Ripper Museum is a treasure trove of Ripper-related information.
From crime scene recreations, authentic autopsy photos, the original "From Hell" and "Dear Boss" letters (which were believed to have been written by Jack The Ripper).. .any Ripperologist could easily spend hours upon hours wandering around this fascinating museum.