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Tally: 5. This is the generally accepted figure, although some say 4, others 7.
Jack was the first modern serial killer. His crimes have scared, repulsed and strangely fascinated people since they were committed. He was the first killer that the press latched onto and breathlessly reported every detail. He's spawned an industry and a field of study with its own experts and villains.
And today, Jack's identity is no closer to being revealed. every few years a new theory and new proof is tendered to a suspect's guilt, but Jack's identity is still as much of a mystery as it was back in the 1880s.
His crimes, as per the Lusk letter, are 'straight from hell'.
This excellent intro is from casebook (link below):
Jack the Ripper" is the popular name given to a serial killer who killed a number of prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888. The name originates from a letter written by someone who claimed to be the killer published at the time of the murders. The killings took place within a mile area and involved the districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate, and the City of London proper. He was also called the Whitechapel Murderer and "Leather Apron."
Casebook - the largest Jack the Ripper resource on the net.
Pics of the crime and the area, both then and now.
Image library of crimes, victims and suspects (from casebook)