Picture of Buck's Row Whitechapel in London's East End (now Durward St) - site of Jack the Ripper's first murder on 31 August 1888. Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols' body was discovered 3 metres back from the corner of the tall brick building.

Take a Ripper virtual tour from the first murder scene. Click on the map below to view all 5 murder scenes and other key locations in the hunt for the world's first recognised serial killer.

Buck's Row Whitechapel

Jack the Ripper's London 1888

View Jack the Ripper Walk, Whitechapel, Greater London UK in a larger map

This link will take you to the key points in London where Jack the Ripper carried out his 5 murders
over 71 days from 31 August 1888 to 9 November 1888. You can use this map to make your own Jack the
Ripper walk around London or to trace the movements of the Whitechapel killer whose identity has
never been established.

Jack The Ripper, And Other Homicidal Immigrants

I couldn’t say if the thesis of this book (The Bell Tower: The Case of Jack the Ripper Finally Solved… in San Francisco ) is true or not. 

It’s one of those things where the writer says “Aha! I see it all now!” and falls in love with his theory.

The year is 1896: The Jack the Ripper murders stop as mysteriously as they started. Five years later, in a San Francisco church, brutally murdered priests, choirboys, and parishioners begin to appear. 

The pastor, an English priest, bears an uncanny resemblance to the one eyewitness report of the sole survivor of a Jack the Ripper attack in London years earlier. But another man has already been arrested, tried, and convicted for the San Francisco slayings….

Could be true, could not be true. But what it made me think of is that immigrants are frequently fleeing not persecution but prosecution.

If you were Jack The Ripper, and had committed all those murders in Whitechapel in the 1880, you might very well feel that London was too hot for you and emigrate to America, which was wide open at the time. And that would be too bad for the inhabitants of San Francisco…

Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories of that period used to feature Americans and Colonials who were either wanted by the authorities or had been involved with gangs fleeing the other way, to England–leading to murders in quiet English towns.

But leaving aside wild theories and fiction, is the United States today letting in anyone like Jack The Ripper, someone who’s been killing people overseas and might continue in America?

Yes, lots of them, they’re called refugees!

This is especially obvious with the Chechen refugees who bombed the Boston Marathon, but also applies to various Hmong, African,Iraqi and Middle Eastern refugees.

They’re “refugees from the violence” all right–frequently violent rebels against whoever is in power, who’ve spent years killing people, and aren’t guaranteed to stop when they come to America.

Here are few examples of that: