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Jack the Ripper walk (part six)
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Continue along Whitechapel High Street and cross over Commercial Street at the traffic lights and continue. Stop at the second alley on the left, which is called Gunthorpe Street ⓬.

Gunthorpe Street: Murder Site of Martha Turner
This was another murder about which people were, and still are, unsure. Turner’s murder happened on 6th August 1888, several months before the first official Ripper murder. However, the person who killed Martha used the same equipment as the Ripper and there were similar mutilations as the murders that followed; so there is every possibility that she too was killed by Jack the Ripper.


Jack the Ripper walk (part six)



Martha Turner was out working on Gunthorpe Street with a friend called “Pearly Poll”. The women picked up two men in a nearby pub called the White Swan (long since demolished). The two women, with their new clients, stood outside the entrance of Gunthorpe Street (then called George’s Yard) and argued over the price for what Pearly Poll later described in her police statement as “a cheap and quick knee trembler”. They eventually agreed a price and Martha Turner took her client into the entrance of the Street, under the arch for a bit of privacy. Pearly Poll used the nearby Angel Alley. After fifteen minutes, Pearly Poll had finished; she left for Aldgate and did not see Martha Turner alive again.

At 4.30 am the following morning, a young man called John Reeves left his room in George’s Yard Buildings and stumbled over the mutilated body of Martha Turner on the first floor corridor. The modernized flats just on the left, as you enter Gunthorpe Street, are supposed to be the buildings in question. Martha had been stabbed 39 times and her internal organs had been removed and displaced. No one knows what happened to Martha Turner that night. Was it her first client who killed her or did she have another client later that night?

The White Hart Pub: This pub, which is on the corner of Gunthorpe Street, was established in 1721. The Pub is very popular and a good place to stop for some refreshment. This Pub would also have been familiar to the Ripper and his victims.

Walk a few metres further down Whitechapel High Street, on the left is Angel Alley ⓭.

Angel Alley: This Alley has been used extensively by prostitutes (including Pearly Poll on the night of Martha Turner’s murder) and their clients for centuries. There was nowhere else a girl could go for privacy, as most of the women were forced into prostitution because they were homeless.


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