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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jack the Ripper(noun)

    an unidentified English murderer in the 19th century


  1. Jack the Ripper(ProperNoun)

    An unidentified 19th century murderer in England, who has become part of folklore.


  1. Jack the Ripper

    Jack the Ripper is the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter, written by someone claiming to be the murderer, that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. Within the crime case files as well as journalistic accounts the killer was known as "The Whitechapel Murderer" as well as "Leather Apron". Attacks ascribed to the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of London and whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer possessed anatomical or surgical knowledge. Rumours that the murders were connected intensified in September and October 1888, and letters from a writer or writers purporting to be the murderer were received by media outlets and Scotland Yard. The "From Hell" letter, received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, included half of a preserved human kidney, supposedly from one of the victims. Mainly because of the extraordinarily brutal character of the murders, and because of media treatment of the events, the public came increasingly to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jack the ripper in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jack the ripper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. A.A. Milne:

    No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.

  2. Andrea Nini:

    I am applying a similar method to the letters in the Jack the Ripper case, this is the first forensic analysis of those letters.

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