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Jack the Ripper walk (part seven)
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Return to and enter Gunthorpe Street ⓬. Walk down Gunthorpe Street to the end where it meets Wentworth Street. Turn left and walk to the very end where it meets Commercial Street. Turn right along Commercial Street and on your first right you will see Thrawl Street ⓮. Today only the entrance to the street survives as a new development has been built.

Thrawl Street: This Street has many links with the Ripper and several of his victims. Mary Ann Nichols, one of his earlier victims lodged (whenever she had the money) at no. 18. On the night of her murder, she arrived back at the house drunk, only to be turned away for not having the money for a bed for the night. She set out to earn the money on the streets and was later seen heading towards Bucks Row, today called Durward Street 26 where shortly afterwards her mutilated body was found.


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Also, here on the corner of this Street, another of the Ripper’s victims, Mary Jane Kelly, was seen by a friend called George Hutchinson, standing on the corner talking to a man.

As George Hutchinson passed he could see the man put his hand on Mary’s shoulder. Mary laughed and kissed the stranger. He heard the man say: “You will be all right for what I told you”, and Mary replied: “all right”. Mary and her new man walked down Commercial Street to Miller’s Court, today named White’s Row ⓰ where the remains of her body were found the next day. The witness said the man he saw had a heavy moustache and was dressed in a long dark coat, a red neckerchief and was carrying a large black bag!

We will follow the route taken by Mary Nichols and Jack the Ripper as we head towards the murder site.

Continue along Commercial Street to the corner of Fashion Street ⓯, which is second street on the right.

Fashion Street: This Street, like most of the other streets in this area, was full of slum housing and overcrowded rooms. At least two of the Ripper’s victims lived in this Street. The Street would not have changed a great deal since the time of the Ripper except that, where the businesses are today, there would have been seedy lodging houses.

Cross over Commercial Street at the traffic lights. The road directly opposite is called White’s Row ⓰.

White’s Row : Murder Site of Mary Jane Kelly
At the site where today stands a modern car park, in 1888 there stood a narrow alley called Miller’s Court, which was a maze of squalid flats and alleys. In one of these flats, the body of Mary Jane Kelly was found. She was heard leaving the flats in the evening singing a song entitled: “Only a Violet I Plucked From My Mother’s Grave” and she was later seen by a friend on the corner of Thrawl Street, talking to a client whom she brought back to her room, here, at White’s Row.

The next morning, a young boy trying to get some rent from Mary, looked into her room through a cracked pane of glass and saw her dissected body. The police were called and they gained access to the house by breaking down the door.

No one was prepared for what they were about to see. At first no one recognized the body as being human. It seemed that Jack the Ripper had spent the entire night with his victim. Using light from a large log fire he had kept burning, he had taken as much time as he needed to finish his job. Mary had been slowly and professionally disemboweled. Her empty carcass lay over her bed; he had removed all her internal organs and intestines and had hung them around the room as if they were Christmas decorations. He then displaced her internal organs on several bedside tables and left her with both her hands tucked up inside her stomach. The whole floor was awash with congealed blood and the officers slipped over onto the floor.


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