Annie Chapman

News from committee member Steve Rattey   There has been some news from Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium that a section is to be replenished and that some stones and plaques in that area will be removed and will be placed in another part of the cemetery at the wish of a family member. Poor old…

Introduction to Jack The Ripper

The Jack the Ripper crimes vie with the Kennedy assassination as history’s greatest murder mystery. They inspire visions of a black garbed figure at midnight, stalking gaslit streets shrouded in fog as he cuts down the female population of East London one by one.
That is the image. The reality was the murder of several tragic Women whom a society shaped by gold, and the hypocrisy it spawned, cast out to be buffeted by the cruel winds of poverty until they were driven under a murderer’s knife. In a moving editorial following the death of Annie Chapman the “Daily Telegraph” said:

19th October 1888 – Dr Openshaw Letter

Old boss you you was rite it was the left Kidny i was goin to hopperate agin close to your ospitle just as i was goin to dror me nife along of er bloomin throte them cusses of coppers spoilt the game but i guess i will be on the job soon and will send you another bit of…

8th October 1888

8/10/88 Dear Boss I have to thank you and my Brother in trade, Jack the Ripper for your kindness in letting me away out of Whitechapel. I am now on my road to the tweed Factories. I will let the Innerleithen Constable or police men know when I am about to start my nice Little…

17 September 1888

17th Sept 1888 Dear Boss So now they say I am a Yid when will they lern Dear Old Boss? You an me know the truth dont we. Lusk can look forever hell never find me but I am rite under his nose all the time. I watch them looking for me and it gives…