More than a century ago, Jack the Ripper roamed the streets of London. Indeed, he terrorized one of the city’s most downtrodden areas with his violent crimes. The horror of his killings has long haunted people around the world because no one ever figured out his identity. But that may have changed, thanks to a small clue left behind by one of his victims and the modern forensics that helped uncover it.
Immigrants from Ireland, Russia and Eastern Europe flooded into London in the late 1800s. More specifically, they moved into the capital city’s East End neighborhoods, including Whitechapel. With more and more people cramming into this area, housing and working conditions plummeted. In addition, extreme poverty in the area was rife.
Such dire circumstances bred desperation. Whitechapel especially became a hotbed for robbery, alcoholism and violent crime. The neighborhood even housed 62 brothels by 1888, as women in the area turned to prostitution to make money. All the while, the public looked down on this part of London. And the emergence of Jack the Ripper only strengthened those points of view.