Jack the Ripper Tour – A quest for the truth


Fancy taking a break from your studies and getting out of your student accommodation to see a new side of London? With Halloween coming up, the Jack the Ripper tour is the perfect way to get you in the mood for all things ghostly and spooky.

The infamous murders committed by ‘Jack the Ripper’ remain one of London’s greatest mysteries to date. People have wondered for over a century who could possibly be capable of such heinous crimes. Despite much speculation and countless conspiracy theories, it is unlikely that we will never truly know happened on the streets of London’s East End in 1888.

The tour reveals what the history books don’t tell you and gives you a much clearer picture of the real story.  The guide creatively describes the crimes to help you devise your own theories about who the killer was and what his motives could have been. Our guide talked us through all the theories, possible suspects and even conspiracy theories, such as that the murders were ordered by Queen Victoria to cover up a royal affair with a prostitute or that the whole character of Jack the Ripper was invented by the press to get more coverage. These were all fascinating and wild theories but the truth is that we will always be left guessing who is to blame and will always be a source of fascination and mystery.

We found it eerily fascinating wandering around some familiar streets, discovering where each of the victims was discovered and the series of events that led to their cruel fate. Popular spots such as Brick Lane and Whitechapel show little evidence of the dark history they conceal.

The guide didn’t limit the information to the murders but also described the culture and society of the 1800s. As students we found it particularly interesting to hear what a typical ‘night out’ would have been for most Victorians, such as which pubs the different classes would favour and what they would do to socialise. People tend to think of the Victorians as straight-laced and repressed but this tour shattered this perception with tales of their wild antics and nightlife.

This made the tour more enjoyable as it helped us see London in a whole different light. The guide painted a vivid picture of the cobbled streets, the debauchery and a day in the life of a typical Victorian.

The tour begins by Whitechapel art gallery and takes you to the once notorious Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane and Thrawl Street, where the ‘Ripper’ once prowled the streets.

Be warned: this tour is not for the faint-hearted. Expect grisly details, horror stories and some gruesome photographs of the victims but it’s the perfect evening for you if you love haunted houses, horror films and murder mystery tours.

The tour is two miles long so make sure to wear comfy shoes and bring friends to share this unique experience with! The groups are fairly large so don’t forget to book your tickets in advance at www.thejacktheripperwalk.com.

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Posted on 17th October 2014 by Elinore Court.

Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.

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