“He came silently out of the midnight shadows. Watching. Stalking, Butchering raddled, drink-sodden prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and gore that led… nowhere,” jacktheripperwalk.com
London’s dark and sinister past never fails to enthral and none more so than the infamous Jack the Ripper story. What became one of the most prolific unidentified serial killers in history, rouses the imagination and has been met with intrigue and fascination ever since the serial killer was active in the impoverished areas of London’s Whitechapel district in September 1988.
Casting evidence of the unceasing interest in the Jack the Ripper story is the fact that every night at seven thirty crowds of people gather outside the tube station exit at London’s Tower Hill. They are joining a “Jack the Ripper” tour led by the world’s leading figure on 19th century murderers and former curator of the Black Museum – Mr. Donald Rumbelow.
Donald Rumbelow, author of The Complete Jack the Ripper, even gave actor Johnny Depp a tour of Whitechapel. Known for taking his roles extremely seriously, when Depp played a London Victorian detective in the Jack the Ripper film “From Hell”, he called upon Rumbelow’s expert guidance of the Whitechapel area so he could gain a first hand insight into the Ripper’s hunting ground.
The Jack the Ripper Tour begins at Tower Hill on the boundary between Scotland Yard and the City of London police, you can retrace the Ripper’s, and more latterly Johnny Depp’s footsteps. It is widely believed that it was the conflict between Scotland Yard and the City of London Police that blurred the investigation and let the Ripper slip through the authority’s net.
Participators of the Jack the Ripper Tour get a real sense of this police conflict between the police during this time and it is only by embarking on this fascinating journey that you can unlock the truth about the world’s most infamous murders and a serial killer that changed the face of London forever.