The Jack the Ripper murders are London’s most notorious, but it’s easy to look back on it now with the luxury of hindsight. We know how many victims there were, we know he vanished without trace. But imagine living through it, with taunts sent to the media whipping up hysteria even further, not knowing what lurid details would be revealed next.
From Saturday 24 August, imagining will be easier. A new Twitter account, WhitechapelRealTime (@WChapelRealTime) will start tweeting in real time. Coming from The History Press, the people who tweeted the Titanic in real time, it starts one week before the first ‘canonical’ murder – of Mary Ann Nichols on 31 August – and runs for four months.
They promise life in Victorian London, so not just the Ripper; a History Press book by Peter Stubley documents 50 other London murders in 1888 alone. The Titanic account was full of little details so this should be a fascinating project to keep an eye on.
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