OUR VIRTUAL TOUR OF
THE JACK THE RIPPER MURDER SITES

Our virtual tour consists of a series of online videos that will guide you around the scenes of the Jack the Ripper murders, and other related sites, and which will show them as they were in 1888 and as they are today.

Guided by Richard Jones, and featuring expert input from Lindsay Siviter, John Bennett and Paul Begg, each of the videos takes you to the scene of a particular and recounts the main events surrounding the crime.

In this way you can build up a vivid picture of the killings as they occurred and, no matter where you are located, you can actually tour the murder sites from the comfort and safety of your own home!

You can then, if you wish, book places on our guided walking tour and visit those same sites for real.

A Map of the Area in 1888

The principle sites are numbered on the map below. Each murder site included on the virtual tour videos has the corresponding number on the map listed after the murder site address.

An 1888 map showing the locations of the Jack the Ripper Murders.

Overview of the Jack the Ripper Murders

Richard Jones begins his tour of the Ripper murder sites with an overview of the five so-called "canonical" five victims - Mary Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly.

Lindsay Siviter and Paul Begg also consider other murders that took place in the area in 1888 - and which, although probably not the work of Jack the Ripper, are certainly part of the Whitechapel Murders sequence of crimes that took place between April 1888 and February 1891.

Mary Nichols Murder Site - August 31st 1888

Durward Street, Formerly Buck's Row (Map Location - 3)

The first stop on our online Virtual Jack the Ripper tour brings us to Durward Street, which in 1888 was known as Buck's Row.

On August 31st 1888, the body of Mary Nichols was found here at 3.40am in the morning by a carter named Charles Cross, who was on his way to work when he noticed something lying on the ground in a dark gateway in Buck's Row.

Approaching it he discovered that it was in fact the prone form of a woman.

He was soon joined at the scene by a second man, Robert Paul, and together they stooped down over the woman and tried to see if they could detect any signs of life.

They couldn't and, since there was evidently nothing further that they could do for the woman, they opted to continue on their way to work and tell the first police man they encountered of their find.

Buck's Row Today

A great deal of change has taken place in this East End thoroughfare since that long ago morning when the first Jack the Ripper murder occurred here.

Today, 2014, the new Crossrail Whitechapel Station is being constructed around Durward Street, and the actual murder site itself - on which, until a few years ago, it was still possible to stand - is currently inaccessible.

However, the looming bulk of the Board School (which is now flats) still gazes down on the site, just as it did in 1888 and provides a direct link between our age and that of the ripper.

Annie Chapman Murder Site - September 8th 1888

29 Hanbury Street (Map Location - 4)

Our next stop is Hanbury Street where, on the 8th September 1888, the body of Jack the Ripper's second victim, Annie Chapman, was found in the backyard of number 29.

Since a witness saw her standing outside number 29 Hanbury Street, talking with a man, Annie's murder serves to illustrate the callous daring of Jack the Ripper, since he not only killed her in the backyard f a house where people were rising for work, but he did so in daylight, and yet none of the residents of the property, saw her heard anything.

Annie's body was discovered at 6am by an elderly resident of the house who came down the stairs and went out into the yard at 6am.

Hanbury Street Today

Today, nothing remains of the actual murder site since it, along with the entire north side of the street, was replaced by the Truman Brewery building in the 1960's.

However, the south side of Hanbury Street remains, more or less, unchanged and gives us a vivid impression of how the opposite side would have looked at the time of Jack the Ripper's second murder.

Elizabeth Stride Murder Site - September 30th 1888

Henriques Street - Formerly Berner Street
(Map Location - 5)

Journeying a little under a mile, in a southerly direction, from Hanbury Street, we arrive in Henrique Street, which in 1888 was known as Berner Street.

It was here, on 30th September, in the dark of Dutfield's Yard, that the ripper struck again and murdered his third victim, Elizabeth Stride.

Elizabeth Stride's murder is noteworthy in two respects.

Firstly, her killer may well have been seen in the act of murder by a witness, who was passing along Berner Street at 12.45am.

Secondly, the ripper appears to have been interrupted by a second man who entered Dutfield's Yard at 1am and found her body.

Berner Street Today

Berner Street has changed beyond recognition since the 30th September 1888.

The Harry Gosling School now stands where Dutfield's Yard then stood and the pupils now play on the site where Elizabeth Stride, the third victim of Jack the Ripper was murdered.

Catherine Eddowes Murder Site - September 30th 1888

Mitre Square (Map Location - 6)

45 minutes after the body of Elizabeth Stride was found in Berner Street, the horrifically mutilated body of Catherine Eddowes was discovered in Mitre Square, in the City of London.

Shortly Police Constable Watkins stumbled upon her mangled corpse at 1.45am, Catherine had been seen by a witness talking with a man at the entrance to one of the dark passages that led into Mitre Square.

Catherine's murder marked an escalation in the savagery of the ripper's modus operandi for, in addition to the mutilations to her body, her killer also targeted her face.

Having slain her, he then backtracked into the East End of London and escaped into the very streets where the officers of the Metropolitan Police were trying to find him on account of the earlier murder of Elizabeth Stride.

Mitre Square Today

As with many of the Jack the Ripper murder sites, Mitre Square has changed a great deal since 1888. The warehouse buildings, that then surrounded it, were replaced by a high rise office block in the 1960's and this in turn is now in the process of being demolished to make way for a brand new development.

However, the cobblestones over which Catherine and her murderer would have walked are still there, and a flower bed in the square's south west corner stands on the site of the murder, providing an unintended memorial to Catherine Eddowes Jack the Ripper's fourth victim.

Jack the Ripper's Only Clue - 30th September 1888

Wentworth Model Dwellings - Goulston Street (Map Location - 7)

Having escaped from Mitre Square, following his murder of Catherine Eddowes, the ripper made a beeline into the East End of London where, making use of the intricate warren of unlit passageways and alleyways that snaked through the immediate vicinity, he managed to evade the officers of the two police forces - the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police - both of whom were hot on his trail.

Having been calculating enough to have taken a piece of Catherine's apron, who managed to reach Goulston Street, less than ten minutes away, where he ducked into a dark doorway of Wentworth Model Dwellings, where he used the segment of apron to wipe the blood from his hands and from the blade of his knife.

At 2.55am Police Constable Alfred Long found the section of apron in the doorway where the ripper had discarded it.

But the doorway also contained a chalked message which read "The Juwes Are The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing."

The Metropolitan Police, mindful of the anti-Jewish unrest that had been stirred up by the "Leather Apron" scare wanted to erase the message before the start of the Petticoat Lane Market later that morning, when thousands of Gentile buyers would arrive in the vicinity to purchase from stalls largely run by Jewish stallholders.

But the City Police, in whose jurisdiction the murder of Catherine Eddowes had taken place, wanted to leave it in place until it was light enough to take a photograph of it.

The two forces were still arguing about what should be done when, at 5.30am, Sir Charles Warren, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner arrived and ordered the immediate erasure of the graffito.

Goulston Street Today

The Wentworth Model Dwelling still survive on Goulston Street and have now been converted to flats.

The doorway where the chalked message was discovered, and around which the two police forces argued over what was to be done with the graffito, is now the take away counter of the Happy Days Fish and Chip Shop.

The Full Story of the Night of the Double Murder

We also have a full 25 minute video that takes you step by step, and hour by hour, through the events of the 30th September 1888, the night of the Double Murder.

This tour begins in Berner Street and follows the story of the murder of Elizabeth Stride.

We then move on to Aldgate High Street where we follow Catherine Eddowes past the church of St Botolph and in to Mitre Square where her body was found by PC Watkins at 1.45am.

Having discussed the horror of the mutilations that were inflicted upon her, we follow Jack the Ripper's likely escape route as he fled into the East End and left a clue in the dark doorway of Wentworth Model Dwellings.

The full story of the night of the double murder includes in depth expert opinion and analysis provided by Lindsay Siviter, John Bennett and Paul Begg, and features interviews with several of the local residents who now occupy the premises that featured in the events of 30th September 1888.

Mary Kelly Murder Site - November 9th 1888

Dorset Street (Map Location - 2)

There were several sightings of Mary Kelly in the early hours of 9th November 1888, the most significant of which was by George Hutchinson who met her on Commercial Street at around 2am.

Having refused her request to lend her some money, Hutchinson saw her approach a man whom she then led along Dorset street where she had her own rented room at number 13 Miller's Court, off Dorset Street.

Hutchinson followed them and hung around the entrance to Miller's Court for around 45 minutes before heading off into the night.

At 10.45am on the 9th November 1888, Thomas Bowyer went round to Mary's room to collect her overdue rent and found her horrifically mutilated body lying on the bed inside.

Dorset Street Today

Nothing now survives of Dorset Street, not even the name.

Its line is now marked by a nameless service road that squeezes between the White's Row Car Park on the south side, and office buildings and warehouse units on the north side.

These have now been earmarked for redevelopment and the vicinity of Jack the Ripper's fifth, and final, murder will soon be even more unrecognisable than it is today.