History 1888 from Time Travel Novel Forever Promised
Jack the Ripper
Hi, my name is Geri Lanham and I am the heroine of the time-travel, western-fantasy novel, Forever Promised. I try to give everyone in the future an insight to life here in 1888, and why I chose to stay.
I would be remiss not to recount a media sensation that reached our American ears, being… Jack the Ripper. I learned about him in school while in the future, but to hold a newspaper here in 1888 sends chills down my spine.
Robinson received several missives from other law enforcement friends so I generally have fresher news than most. Jack the Ripper accrued sensational media coverage for today.
Jack the Ripper was a name given to a serial killer that terrorized the poverty stricken area of Whitechapel, London. He was also known as the Whitechapel Murderer and the Leather Apron.
There were 11 murders but only five of them were considered The Canonical Five. Ripper had a modus operandi of deeply slit throats, abdominal/genital mutilation and removal of body organs. Facial mutilations became increasingly grotesque with each victim.
The killings lasted until 1891. The murders were never solved, leading the perpetrator into the realm of folklore or pseudo-history status.
Study of these murders soon came to be known as ‘Ripperology’. Think of today’s Star Trek fans or ‘trekkies’. (It generated that type of devotion) The unsolved case has spawned many works of fiction.
I will give more information on the victims later. I have to leave for now, this man has always made me queasy and today is no exception. Everyone knows everyone here in Betheltowne, but do you really know your neighbor??
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