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The Victims of Jack the Ripper Jack the Ripper is remembered as one of history's most famous serial killers. His technique of getting his victims to lay down before he slashed their throats, then disemboweling them in a matter of a minute or two with as little blood flow as possible distinguishes him as one of the most methodical, ruthless killers to ever live. He even performed some of his gruesome murders right in the street and left his victims to be found minutes later by people or policemen passing by. This demonstrates what extremes he would actually go to fulfill his desire for killing. Through my report I will create a brief profile of Jack's victims as well as explore the methodical ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, there were many bruises on the sides of her face, which indicated that she had been knocked unconscious before being mutilated. The murder was believed to have been committed with a stout-handled blade of six to eight inches long (Geary, p.7).Mary Anne Nichols was the first victim of Jack the Ripper who was deliberately mutilated. She was known as "Polly" by her friends, and was a drunken street prostitute in her early forties. She married at the age of nineteen to a printer named William Nichols. They had five children together. The two eventually separated shortly after Mary Anne developed a drinking problem. William took custody of all of their children, except for the oldest, Edward, and paid Mary a weekly allowance of $5.25 until he learned of her lifestyle as a street prostitute. Mary Anne was last seen by a friend named Ellen Holland at 2:30 a.m. on the corner of Osborn Street and White chapel High Street. It was noted that she was drunk and staggering at the time. After a weekend of investigation, the Metropolitan Police Force was unable to come up with much useful information regarding the murder of Mary Anne Nichols.On Sept. 8, 1888, a little before 6:00A.M.; Annie Chapman was found laying dead at the foot of steps at the back of a lodging house by a lodger named John Davis. The first sight of the dead body sent Davis screaming down his street, alarming the whole neighborhood. Inspector Joseph Luniss Chandler of the Commercial Street station arrived with his men to seal off the scene and the building from the large crowd that had already gathered before their arrival. Dr. Wynne Baxter-Phillips was summoned to the scene to examine the body. His brief examination revealed that the woman's throat was cut with two deep slashes, so deep, that the woman was almost beheaded. A scarf had been tied around her neck as if to hide the slashed throat. Her skirt was lifted just above her knees and her legs were bent up and cut. After her skirt was lifted up, it revealed that her entire body cavity was opened up, with the entrails entirely scooped out and placed over her right shoulder. This was an even worse mutilation than the previous victim. The body was brought to the same mortuary as before, where Dr. Baxter-Phillips performed a full autopsy. He discovered something that surprisingly had not been noticed at the scene of the crime; her sexual organs were completely missing. She had bruises on her face and chest, which implied that there had been a struggle, and like Polly Nichols, she was probably knocked unconscious before being mutilated. Again, it was believed that the murder was committed with a stout- handled knife with a blade of six to eight inches.Annie Chapman was another drunken street prostitute. She was short, stout, and in her mid-forties. At the age of twenty-eight, she married John Chapman in London and moved to Windsor. They had two daughters, although one died, and a crippled son. She abandoned her family shortly...

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