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Continue to walk down Dukes Place. The road becomes Bevis Marks; continue and, on the left, hidden within a modern building at no. 14 Bevis Marks, you will see the entrance to Bevis Marks Synagogue ❹.

Bevis Marks Synagogue: This Synagogue was founded in 1657 and is the oldest synagogue in London. The Synagogue has changed very little, and is a reminder that the Jewish community was very large in the East End during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Synagogue has been in continual use ever since it first opened 300 years ago.

Jack the Ripper walk (part three)

Exit the Synagogue onto Bevis Marks and turn right, back down Bevis Marks the way you came, keeping on the right hand side. Stop on the corner of the third turning on the right, which is St James’s Passage ❺.

St James’s Passage: On this very corner, on the 30th September 1888, the fourth victim of the Ripper – Cathrine Eddows – was last seen alive. She was seen standing here talking to a stranger who, it is believed, must have been Jack the Ripper.

Catherine was a 46-year old street prostitute. She was born in Wolverhampton in 1848, and when she was eight years old, her entire family walked the long journey to London to find work. Her friends and relations described her as “intelligent” and a “jolly woman with a fiery temper”. On the night of her murder, at around 8.00 pm, Catherine was arrested for being “gloriously drunk” in Aldgate High Street and for running up and down the road imitating a fire engine! Later that night, after being released from the police sell, she headed back the Aldgate High Street in the hope, it is believed, of finding a client to raise some money for a bed foe that night.

Early that morning at 1.30 am, Joseph Lawende and a friend were leaving a Jewish working men’s club in Duke Street, which was at the opposite side of Mitre Square ❻. As they walked through St James’s Passage, they saw a man and a woman, standing on the corner. Catherine was touching the man’s chest. As the two men passed the couple, it was obvious to them that Catherine was becoming increasingly more friendly with the man. Catherine’s mutilated body was found twenty minutes later, only yards away, in Mitre Square.

It was clear from the vivid eye witness accounts, clothing of the victim found at the murder scene and the evidence at the post-mortem, that Catherine Eddows was the woman seen on the corner and was the victim. It was also clear that the man she had been seen with – described by the witnesses as having a dark moustache and wearing a tweed-jacket, deer stalker cap and red neckscarf – was Jack the Ripper himself. These witnesses are thought to be the only two people to have seen the Ripper at work and lived to tell the tale.

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