Jack the Ripper is a pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer (or killers) active in the largely impoverished Whitechapel area and adjacent districts of London, England in the latter half of 1888. The name is taken from a letter to the Central News Agency by someone claiming to be the murderer, published at the time of the killings.
The legends surrounding the Ripper murders have become a combination of genuine historical research, conspiracy theory and folklore. The lack of a confirmed identity for the killer has allowed Ripperologists - the term used within the field for the authors, historians and amateur detectives who study the case - to accuse a wide variety of individuals of being the Ripper. Newspapers, whose circulation had been growing during this era, bestowed widespread and enduring notoriety on the killer owing to the savagery of the attacks and the failure of the police in their attempts to capture the Ripper, sometimes missing the murderer at his crime scenes by mere minutes.
Victims were women earning income as casual prostitutes. Typical Ripper murders were perpetrated in a public or semi-public place; the victim’s throat was cut, after which the body was mutilated. Some believe that the victims were first strangled in order to silence them. The removal of internal organs from some victims has led to the proposal that the killer possessed anatomical or surgical knowledge or skill.
The number and names of the Ripper’s victims are the subject of much debate. The canonical five are a subset of the eleven victims listed in the police file documenting what were called “the Whitechapel murders”.
Albert Fish often wrote to women trying to set up house with them before his arrest, letters that were so crazy that at one point he was prosecuted by the Post Office and sent to Bellevue Hospital, the premier New York psychiatric hospital. His intense interest in sadomasochism and coprophagy was plainly evident in may of the letters he wrote. These letters became part of the record in his trial for the murder of ten-year-old Grace Budd. When writing to various females, he did not use his real name but rather, either James W. Pell or Robert Hayden, and he posed as an important person. Following is excerpts from a letter he wrote to a woman named Grace using the name Robert Hayden. The mentioned James W. Pell was Fish, who visited the woman and her daughter. The x’s shown are his kiss marks.
My Dearest Darling Sweetest Grace xx
Your dear loving little note at hand. We missed a train on act of James W. Pell. When I told him we were going to Va. He said he wanted to go to you and be spanked and whipped with the rope on his bare ass by you and your daughter. He said you were the prettiest, sweetest, loving little woman, he ever saw and your girl was just lovely. He was all set for a good whipping and expected you to strip him naked and both of you give it to him. I knew both of you would love him for he is a dear soul, with a heart of gold. He cried so I gad to take down his pants and spank him good. But I do LOVE you Grace my darling with all my heart. If you were my own dear sweet wife, you would not be agraid of me. Your nice xxxx pretty-fat-sweet ass. I am a very passionate xxxx man. Out in Hollywood xxx at the clubs I often hear men say when they saw a pretty woman, if she was mine I would kiss her sweet ass, drink her #1 xx Eat Her #2.
When you strip me named you will see what Mrs H. P. W. called a most perfect form. Yours the sweet honey of my heart. I can taste your sweet - Piss Your sweet - shit. You must Pee xxx xx xx Pee in a glass and I shall drink every drop of it as you watch me. Tell me when you want to do #2. I will take you over my knees, pull up your clothes, take down your drawers and hold my mouth to your sweet honey fat - ass holes and xxx xxxx xxx Eat your sweet Peanut Butter and as it comes out fresh and hot. That is how they do it in Hollywood. You wont need toilet paper to wipe your sweet pretty fat ass as I shall eat it all xxx xxx xx xxx of it then lick your sweet ass clean with my tongue.
Ever and for ever Your boy Robert xxx xxx
A boy in a small town in Maryland sat down at his computer after getting home from school one day. He turned it on and logged into an instant messaging program, and was then suprised to receive a message from a classmate of his, who had been absent that day.
It consisted of two words; “please come”. Confused, the boy sent a reply, asking why he’d been absent that day. After two more messages and fifteen minutes with no response, he decided to get on his bike and head over to his classmate’s house. It was a short ride, only about five minutes away.
When he got to the house, he found the door was unlocked. Inside, partially dried blood was splattered over the walls and floors, and an unrecognizable figure was crumpled against the far wall. It was missing an arm and a leg, and bloody streaks on the floor lead away from the body and into the kitchen. The boy slammed the door closed, and immediately called 911 on his cell phone.
When the police arrived, they found three corpses, as well as tracks leading away from the house from the back door. The forensics report concluded that the entire family, the boy’s classmate and his parents, had been killed sometime the previous night.
Within days of Robert Black’s birth Jessie Hunter Black decided to have her son put into foster care He was taken by foster parents in their 50’s, Jack and Margaret Tulip.
To his classmates at primary school Robert - or ‘Smelly Robbie Tulip’ as he was known - is remembered as having been an aggressive and slightly wayward boy. Getting involved in petty crime from a young age. As well as the petty violence, Black was also developing a strange sexual self-awareness, as confessed by Black years later to a prison psychologist,
“I used to push things up my anus”.
After his arrest in 1990 police found photographs that Black had taken of himself: one showed him with a wine-bottle up his anus, another with a telephone-handset, yet another with a table leg. Black also remembers fantasising about excreting on his hands and then rubbing the faeces in. He also always had an uneasy feeling that he would have preferred to have been a girl. But he was not homosexual in his desires.
His foster mother, Margaret Tulip died in 1958 when Black was only 11, and was once again deprived of a mother figure. It was decided that Black would go to a Children’s Home near Falkirk, close to where he was born. It was during Black’s time there that his fascination with sex, and particularly with the vagina, finally drove him across the line from childish experimentation to criminal behaviour.
In 1969 at the age of 12, Black made his first attempt at rape. He was moved several times, finally being moved to a school in London. Once in London he tried out as a footballer, failing due to bad eyesight. He eventually became a lifeguard, he was a keen swimmer and this was great for his paedophile fantasies. He loved swimming and had the choice of two local pools, over 20 years later a little girl called Caroline Hogg was to be abducted from Portobello, and later murdered. Caroline’s house was on the route between two swimming-pools.
In the summer of 1962 when Black was fifteen, his time at the children’s home was up. Black got a job as a delivery boy and found a room to rent in a boys’ home in Greenock, outside Glasgow. He later admitted that while he was doing his delivery rounds he molested 30 or 40 girls. Black’s first conviction came shortly afterwards. The charge was for ‘lewd and libidinous’ behaviour with a young girl. Black, who was now seventeen, had approached a seven-year-old girl in the park, asking her if she would like to go with him to see some kittens. The girl trustingly followed him as he led her to a deserted building. She was later found wandering the streets: bleeding, crying and confused.
Black left Greenock and return to Grangemouth to make a new start. Here he got a job with a builders’ company and rented a room. He also met his first real girlfriend, Pamela Hodgson, and he fell in love, developed a sexual relationship and decided to get engaged, but, she broke off the engagement not long after, and told him it was over.
1978 - thirteen year-old Genette Tate went missing
12th August 1981 - nine year-old Jenifer Cardy disappears on way to friends house
30th July 1982 - eleven year-old Susan Maxwell
8th July 1983 - five year-old Caroline Hogg
The bodies were found within 24 miles of each other - 300 miles from the abductions.
26 March 1986 - ten year-old Sarah Harper
14 July 1990 - attempted abduction of Mandy Wilson. Black is caught red handed after a routine stop. The victim is found tied up and gagged in a sleeping bag in the back of his van, she had been sexually assaulted moments before. Medial experts claimed she was not far from death when police found her.
Wednesday 13 April 1994 Trial - Moot Hall in Newcastle. Black stands trial for the three murders known to police at the time. Susan Maxwell, Caroline Hogg and Sarah Harperr.
Thursday 19th May 1994 - jury find him guilty of three murders
Black is not eligible for parole until at least aged 82, in 2029.July 1994 - a meeting was held in Newcastle to consider the possibility of Black’s involvement in similar murders. As well as possible murders in France, Amsterdam, Ireland and Germany, there were up to ten unsolved abductions and murders in England which have Black’s MO:April Fabb Norfolk, 19699-year-old Christine Markham Scunthorpe 197313-year-old Genette Tate Devon 197814-year-old Suzanne Lawrence Essex 197916-year-old Colette Aram 1983 since attributed to Paul Hutchinson14-year-old Patsy Morris 1990Marion Crofts 1990Lisa Hession 1990No conclusion, or charges were reached at the time.In 1992, after Black had been served with ten summonses, including three for the murder of three little girls, in an attempt to shift the moral responsibility he told officers: “Tell Pamela she’s not responsible for all this”.10th April 2008 - confirmed that police are to question Black about the murder of Jennifer Cardy, aged nine when she was abducted and murdered in 1981.Police originally spoke to Black about this case in 2005, but are now looking at taking Black to trial in Northern Ireland.Friday 22nd September 2011 - Trial starts at Armagh Crown Court. Black denies the abduction and murder of Jenifer Cardy.Friday 7th October 2011 - In an unusual move the stunned jury is told about Black’s previous convictions. Kidnap and rape, plus the murder of three young girls in the 1980’s.The prosecution said Black’s past crimes did not in themselves make him guilty of Jennifer’s murder but he claimed striking similarities between the cases would prove it. The prosecution also claimed that work records prove Black was in Northern Ireland on the day Jennifer was killed. The prosecution further claimed petrol receipts would prove that Black was in the area that day and would have driven by the spot known as McKee’s Dam where Jenifer’s body was found.Thursday 27th October 2011 - Black denied murder, and any connection to Jenifer Cardy.Black was found guilty of the kidnap and murder of 9 year old Jenifer Cardy. on the 12th August 1981. Judge Weatherup told Black: “You have been convicted by a jury of murder. There is only one sentence that will be imposed by law. “That’s the sentence of life imprisonment. Accordingly, I sentence you to life imprisonment.”He then turned to the guards and said: “Take him down please.”
The Torture and Murder of Junko Furuta
In November of 1988, a college student, Junko Furuta, was kidnapped by four youngsters and kept in captivity for 44 days in the house of one of the youngsters parents. To prevent persecution, one of them forced Furuta to lie to her parents, saying she fled home but was safe in a friend’s house. Beyond that, she was also obliged to lie and say she was the girlfriend of one of her captors. The parents of the youngster had thought that it was lie, but there was nothing they could do since one of the abductors was a member of yakuza and threatened to use his connections against them if they said anything to anybody.
Day 1: Abducted; maintained in captivity; obliged to show herself as the girlfriend from one of the boys; raped (over 400 times in the total); hunger and malnutrition; made to eat cockroaches and drink her own urine; forced to masturbate; forced to undress in front of others; burned with lighters & cigarettes; objects inserted in the vagina/anus.
Day 11: She was beaten countless times; face pushed against the concrete; hands tied to the roof and body utilized like a punching bag; dumbbells played on her stomach; she vomited when she tried to drink water (her stomach couldn’t accept it); tried to flee and was punished with cigarette burns on the arms; flammable liquid was poured over her feet and legs, burning them; bottle was inserted into her anus, causing wounds.
Day 20: Was unable to walk right, due to grave burns in the legs; beaten up with bamboo sticks; fireworks were introduced into the anus and inflamed; hands crushed by pesos and nails cracked; beaten up with golf club; cigarettes inserted in the vagina; beaten up with iron bars; spits of grill chicken inserted in the vagina and in the anus, causing bleeding.
Day 30: Hot wax was poured on her face; eyelids burned by lighters; needles inserted into breasts; pulled off her nipple with pliers; hot light bulb inserted in the vagina; shears inserted in the vagina, causing grave hemorrhage; incapable of urination due to this; such grave wounds that she was delayed more than an hour to crawl the stairs to the toilet; eardrums seriously damaged; extreme reduction of the size of the brain.
Day 40: She asked her torturers to “kill me and finish soon with that”.
Day 44: The four boys mutilated her body with an iron bar; she bled from the mouth and nose; burned her face and eyes with a candle; then they spilled lighter fluid on her legs, arms, face and stomach, and afterwards it burned. The final torture lasted two hours.
Junko Furuta died of shock later in the day, in pain and alone. But nothing could compare to the 44 days of suffering that passed. When her mother heard the news and the details of what had been happening to her daughter, she lost it. She had of be submitted to a psychiatric hospital. The boys alleged they didn’t know how injured Junko was, thinking that she were pretending. They concealed the body in a cylinder of 55 full gallons of cement, ridding of it in Koto, Tokyo. Finally, the boys were tried as adults and imprisoned, but their identities were kept a secret from the public, thanks to the Japanese Law concerning crimes committed by minors.
Wayne Clifford Boden
Also known as the Vampire Killer
Wayne killed at least three women in Montreal and one in Calgary, between 1969 and 1971. He had a habit of viciously biting the breasts of his victims.
Different than many serial killers, Boden knew most of the women he killed. Friends and co-workers of the victims identified him, but sadly police circulated the wrong suspect photo. Wayne fled to Calgary.
There, he murdered a schoolteacher. The woman’s breasts had been mauled, as his ongoing trademark, and Calgary police instantly made the connection thankfully to the vampire killings in Montreal.
His trial was the first in North America to ever use dental forensics as evidence, or bite marks as evidence, to convict a killer. He received three life sentences, and served time at the Kingston Penitentiary. He died of cancer in 2006. No one attended funeral services and to this date have visited his grave. I might have only to set it on fire.