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Topics in Chronicling America - Jack the Ripper

"Is it Jack the Ripper Again? Another Fallen Woman Found Murdered in London!" reports the New York Tribune on December 22, 1888. In 1887, a mysterious murderer haunts the narrow streets and back alleys of East London, and news reports travel quickly to the U.S., creating mass hysteria. Who is this Jack? Is he acting alone? Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • 1888: The Whitechapel murders attributed to Jack the Ripper occurred during the latter half of the year.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] White Chapel District , Whitechapel District, Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman (Anna Chapman), Elizabeth Stride (Hippy Lip Annie), Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly (Mary Kelly)

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