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Compared with other serial killers, “Jack the Ripper” of Britain was not the most prolific murderer; yet, like Ted Bundy in the United States, he has become a criminal icon and a standard by which to measure other killers. In 1888, the Ripper killed at least five London prostitutes, and more likely the death toll was closer to 10 to 15—no one knows for sure, but he promised through missives to the British media that he would not stop until he had killed 20 victims.

The killer's interest in mutilation of the corpses set him apart from others who also preyed on prostitutes at the time. The Ripper was very adept at eviscerating his victims and removing their organs. His first victim was murdered on Easter ...

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