1888: Jack the Ripper strikes for the first time, London in shock

JACK THE RIPPER struck for the first time on this day in 1888 with the murder of Mary Ann Nichols.

The notorious murderer of at least five prostitutes in London’s East End has never been identified.

Countless theories have been put forward about the identity of the perpetrator of the horrible murders during the period August to November, 1888.

Jack the Ripper lived out a crime story existence to equal anything in the theatre of his day.

A strange fascination the story continues to hold for the British public.

Novels, plays and films have made the Ripper a hero-villain.