London is famous for having one of the most notorious serial killers in history. In 1888, Jack the Ripper terrorised the city by brutally murdering five women.
The mystery surrounding this killer has captivated people for over a hundred years and has been the subject of several books, films and TV series.
If you don't want to miss a single detail of what is known about this gruesome episode in the history of the English city, you can count on the expert guidance of one of the Free Tours we offer here at GuruWalk.
What was London like during its reign of terror?
London was a bustling city in 1888. The population had reached two million and many new buildings were constructed, including Tower Bridge and the London Underground. It was an exciting place to live, with its fast-growing industrial revolution and booming economy. Crime rates were also high: there were reports of pickpockets on the streets and even burglars breaking into houses in broad daylight.
There are many notable Victorian buildings still standing in London today, such as Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square.
And that London was home to Jack the Ripper, the most infamous serial killer of all time and his story still fascinates people to this day.
The Whitechapel murders were a series of brutal attacks in London's East End in 1888 and 1889. The identity of the main suspect, "Jack the Ripper", has never been confirmed. While there have been many theories about who he might be, no one can know for sure who did it. People believe it could have been a doctor, a butcher or even an aristocrat. Whether it was a man or a woman is unknown because of the way they dressed as women to lure their victims.
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