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|5 March 2021||Special||6 pm||7 pm||Winter||Book Now|
The Jack the Ripper Tour is by far the most attended walk on the streets of London and for good reason. (For some good supplementary reading, click here – it’s the detailed, full, authoritative description of the London Walks shoe-leather-on-pavement Jack the Ripper Walk.)
With a knowledgeable tour guide who can enthrall an audience a Jack the Ripper Walk is a good way of getting to know London both past and present. If you are visiting, I strongly recommend you seek out a great guide and explore the streets of London’s East End. Whitechapel, Spitalfields and the City of London are packed with history and a Jack the Ripper walking tour can be a great way to explore that history.
So why would you want to take my virtual tour of those streets?
Well, number one, of course, you might be self-isolating in Bristol, Swansea, Killarney or Edinburgh. Or maybe even further afield.
Joining me (Richard Walker) on Yours truly Jack the Ripper whether you’re in Ames, Iowa, or Frankfurt, Germany you just sign into my Zoom meeting and we can talk and enjoy a virtual tour through London’s East End. No airport check-ins, passport control or hotel bills.
Just as important is the simple fact that there is not one of the Jack the Ripper Walks available on the streets of London that will take you to every one of the murder sites. On this interactive Jack the Ripper virtual tour with the help of Zoom you will not only get to every one of the crime scenes but you will visit them in order with your very own live tour guide.
So that means starting with the brutal murder of Mary Ann Nichols, known as Polly Nicholls. Now considered the first of the Ripper murders.
“The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.” – Oscar Wilde
Polly Nicholls was savagely mutilated and murdered in Buck’s Row on August 31st 1888. A dutiful daughter, sister, wife and mother who spent her final years isolated from her family living in Victorian London in desperate poverty before a brief moment of fame when she became the first woman to die in ‘The Whitechapel Murders’.
Five victims whose story remains untold. They deserve more. To understand how the Autumn of Terror could possibly have happened we need some understanding of the lives of these women. Women who countless Ripperologists have carelessly dismissed as mere prostitutes and drunks. Bit part players rouged and corseted to be nothing more than set dressing for the real hero of the piece – “yours truly Jack the Ripper”.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-
None of the five women fell down the social ladder as far as Annie Chapman, known as ‘Dark Annie’. From a childhood in 19th century Kensington, Knightsbridge and Windsor to the infested doss houses of Whitechapel and Spitalfields in the East End of London. A woman who was butchered behind a Spitalfield’s tenement. Displayed like some diabolical sacrifice in the backyard of 29 Hanbury Street.
Annie was Jack’s second victim. The first victim to yield a clue.
Then to the third crime scene. The only murder to take place south of Whitechapel Road. The murder of Liz Stride in Berner Street.
A woman born and raised in Torslanda on the west coast of Sweden. A farmer’s daughter drilled in the teaching of Martin Luther by father and priest. Sadly none of those three men were by her side in the wind and the rain of the first hour of September 30th 1888.
We will follow in the footsteps of the Ripper as he raced from Elisabeth Gustafsdotter’s bleeding corpse to the safety of the City of London.
The City of London had its own police force. A force practically at war with London’s other police force – the London Metropolitan Police Force. A war that worked in Jack’s favour.
The serial killer known as Jack the Ripper arrived at just the right moment. The German doctor, Julius Koch, published a treatise on his research in 1888. In it, he described a psychiatric condition. The word psychopath entered the world of medical science in a big way. Our serial killer arrived in the year of the psychopath. And without a doubt, he became the most famous serial killer that London has ever produced.
London, of course, does not mean the same thing as the City of London. The City of London is just one square mile and for centuries it hid behind its Roman wall.
On the City’s eastern flank is Mitre Square. A stone’s throw from St Botolph without Aldgate – the ‘prostitute’s’ church.
Mitre Square was where Catherine Eddowes was left ‘cut up like a pig in a market’ less than an hour after Liz Stride’s murder. The ‘double event’ of September the 30th 1888.
Then we will follow in Jack’s footsteps as he raced back across the City boundary. See where he dropped his bloodied cloth and chalked his taunting message. Explore the mysterious world hidden among streets of east end London. Streets like Artillery Passage, Brick Lane and Old Montague Street. Victorian pubs like the Ten Bells Pub and the 18th-century church that stands beside it from which the Ten Bells gets its name. In 1788 the original eight bells were replaced with a new chime of ten. It’s a beautiful church. The wonderful creation of Nicholas Hawksmoor, Christ Church Spitalfields.
And so to the last crime scene. Number 13 Miller’s Court tucked away off ‘the worst street’ in London. Home to the youngest victim Mary Jane Kelly. The most savage of all of the five murders.
“Theories!” exclaimed Chief Inspector Frederick George Abberline. “We were lost almost in theories; there were so many of them.”
But no need to worry, I’m going to be there to help. And I am of course
What time? 6 pm (18:00 BST)
When? On the following Fridays: February 5, February 19 and March 5.
When else? On the anniversaries (next year) – September 8; September 30 (“the double event”); and November 9 (the last, the most horrific one of all – “he turned that little room into an abattoir”).
Where? 1. On your screen (wherever you are: Sidney, California, Berlin, Chiangmai, etc.). In short, in the comfort of your own home (we guarantee you – you will not be rained on). 2. In the East End of London during the Autumn of Terror.
Who? Actor, adventurer – he sailed a two-man boat across the Pacific ocean – raconteur, straight-shooter, supremely gifted guide Richard Walker. It all comes down to the guiding.
Why? By popular demand. And because it’s the most chilling, compelling crime story ever.
How long does it last? About an hour.
How does it work? The wonders of the Internet. In a word, Zoom.
Do I have to book? Yes.
Why do I have to book? Because we restrict the number of participants to 25. It is not a herd experience. We want to get the comfort level of the group right. Get some group chemistry, get people meeting and interacting with their fellow group members (if they want to), get some group intimacy. For that, a maximum of 25 is ideal.
How much does it cost? £10 per person.
Is it possible to book a private Jack the Ripper Virtual Reality Tour? Yes. Get in touch with us here at London Walks. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 020 7624 3978
Anything else? Yes, every London Walks guide does it differently, makes it his own. Guiding of this calibre is never amateurish, never sophomoric – it is never “memorised script” guiding. Here are the video trailers for the Jack the Ripper walks conducted by three other top-flight London Walks guides: Simon, Steve, and Don.
Here’s award-winning Blue Badge guide Simon’s video trailer JACK THE RIPPER – A VIRTUAL TOUR
Here’s RSC actor Steve’s video trailer for his actual Ripper walk.
I bought two tickets for this evening’s (Feb. 5, 2021) Virtual Tour entitled “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” hosted by Richard Walker – what a treat! First-class in every respect! A voice I could listen to for hours, a dramatic and seamless delivery, full of information and much of it lesser-known or new to me. Beautifully and respectfully presented. Bravo Richard!