By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 31, 2021) – In Issue 2021-167 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we head into the dark shadows of London, England


On this day in 1888, the body of prostitute Mary Ann Nichols was found in the Whitechapel district of London.  She is generally agreed to be the first victim of the elusive criminal, Jack the Ripper. Traditionally, there are five murders – Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelley – considered to be in the Jack the Ripper canon, although eleven in total were investigated at the time as possibly linked.

The investigation was one of the earliest surviving uses of criminal profiling.

The murders were never solved and a source of much historical research and speculation.  Speculation is all that there will ever be since the case records were destroyed during The Blitz and no forensic evidence remains.

When in London on a particularly foggy evening, take a Jack the Ripper tour to learn about the suspects and make your own decision.

Here is a SDUK map of London from 1836.

Map of London – 1836 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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