Welcome to The Whitechapel Society

The Whitechapel Society is a long-established historical society, originally set up to study the murders of Jack the Ripper and to shine a light on the conditions under which the victims lived.
The Society has grown over the years to include experts in many aspects of Victorian and Edwardian East End life. Members past and present have produced some of the most respected books and papers on East End crime ever written, including Spring-heeled Jack, Jack the Ripper, the Kray twins and many more.

Next meeting

Saturday 5th June 2021

Dan Smith will be talking about his book, The Peer and the Gangster: A Very British Cover-Up, which tells the story of ‘the scandal that history forgot’. In 1964, the Sunday Mirror was poised to reveal that the police were investigating an improper relationship between the Conservative peer and popular broadcaster, Lord Boothby, and gangster Ronnie Kray. What followed was an extraordinary cover-up that went right to the heart of Downing Street and involving both main political parties, the police, Fleet Street, senior legal figures and MI5. So successful was it that it’s full extent has only started to become apparent since 2015.

2021 Speakers and Events


Month Speaker Title
June Daniel Smith The Peer and the Gangster
August Dr Andrea Nini A forensic linguistic analysis of the Jack the Ripper letters
October Chris Jones Motive, Opportunity & Means; did Florence Maybrick commit murder
December Angela Young Vice, Filth & Tragedy

Next interim meeting

Click here for the interim page or see the WS interim Facebook page or contact Steve Rattey for details.

Click on the image below to download a free sample of the highly respected Whitechapel Society journal.
June journal cover.