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Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper
Photo: Mary Sewell

The Victorian police were completely unprepared for a serial killer who took away body parts and returned them accompanied by gloating letters. The horror that London felt at Jack the Ripper's gruesome murders still taints the alley ways of Whitechapel, today one of the trendiest places on earth, but in its time home to desperate immigrants like the Irish escaping the Potato Famine, or the Jews escaping pogroms in Eastern Europe. The current residents, Bangladeshis, invented that great British institution, the 'Indian' Restaurant. Visit two murder sites, and locations used in 'From Hell' starring Johnny Depp.

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