Canonical Five Victims updated

Canonical Five Victims updated



Mary Ann Nichols, or "Polly", was the first of the Whitechapel murders attributed to the violent, horrific, unidentified killer known as Jack the Ripper. Her life is relatively well-documented, perhaps due to her status as an inmate of various "workhouses", which were places of refuge for the most poor and destitute. Her body was discovered on Bucks Row, which has since been named Durward Street, in the Whitechapel district of London on August 31, 1888.

'Dark Annie', as she was often called, was the second victim in the series of five murders of prostitutes in the Whitechapel, a district of London. Her full name was Eliza Ann Smith, but she was also known as Annie Chapman. She was the mother of three children.

Jack the Ripper's third victim was Elizabeth Stride, a Swedish-born immigrant to England. Elizabeth's story is unusual, not just because of her country of birth but because she took to prostitution at a much younger age than her killer's other victims. By the time she was murdered, she had likely been a prostitute for more than 20 years.

Catherine Eddowes is well-known for being the second victim in the "double event" during the Jack the Ripper killing spree. She was the second woman killed on September 30, 1888 in the notorious Whitechapel district of London. Despite her obscure position in society as a casual prostitute and manual labourer, there is a surprising amount of information available to form a visual of her life.

Mary Jane Kelly holds the distinction of being the last official victim of Jack the Ripper. She was the only member of the "Canonical Five", a group of five women whose murders are attributed to Jack the Ripper, to be killed at her place of residence. There is little confirmed information available about the early life of Mary Jane; the only information we have is that which was compiled by detectives after her murder.