The museum tells the story of one of the most sensational crimes that was ever committed. In the late 1880s, a series of murders sent shock waves through Victorian London. The victims were all poor East End women. All had been murdered with ferocious brutality. The murderer used a knife to slit the throats of his victims, and then, most horrifically, mutilated their dead bodies. These crimes became known as the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders.
The murderer was never caught, and the Metropolitan Police officially closed the case after four years. However, the passage of time has not diminished public interest in the mystery. Jack the Ripper continues to grip the public’s imagination and every few years a new theory emerges as to who the murderer might have been. The women who were unfortunate enough to meet Jack the Ripper on a dark night in 1888 were real people. All lived in the East End and walked the same streets that visitors to the Jack the Ripper Museum stroll through today. The Jack the Ripper Museum is as much about the victims, as it is about the crimes and the suspects.
The mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper continues to inspire a never-ending stream of books, films and television programmes, all reimagining what might have happened and often fictionalising the facts. But make no mistake: this is no fictional story. These crimes really happened. The terrible events of 1888 shocked Victorian London and left a legacy of concern that eventually helped engineer real improvements to the lives of the poor.
THE BATTLE OF CABLE STREET
The Battle of Cable Street took place on Sunday 4 October 1936 in the East End of London. It was a clash between the Metropolitan Police, overseeing a march by members of the British Union of Fascists, led by Oswald Mosley, and various anti-fascist demonstrators, including local Jewish, socialist, anarchist and communist groups...
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