In my book, The Bank Holiday Murders, I followed a bloody trail that led from George Street – where no less than four women had been attacked and murdered – to Dorset Street, where shady witness, Pearly Poll, had moved just prior to the murder of Martha Tabram. It was 35 Dorset Street where Annie  Chapman would call home and it was revealed in my book that this was also the final home of Mary Ann Nichols. This information has been public on the internet for at least a decade, though oddly absent from new literature on the case. Death certificates are official documents prepared by the coroner based on information provided by the police. Here we have the first two ‘canonical’ victims of Jack the Ripper living together, and only doors down from where final ‘canonical’ victim, Mary Kelly, was living and plying her trade. Is this coincidence? Possibly.  Between November of 1887 and August of 1888, four women residing at neighboring houses, 18 and 19 George Street, were assaulted, and three of them were murdered. This cannot and should not be accepted as coincidence. The Bank Holiday Murders is the first and, at the time of writing, only book to focus in on these early murders. It attempts to follow leads and draw links based on the scant evidence available to us today. Whether or not a reader finds my personal opinions valid, it should not be lost that Emily Horsnell, Margaret Hames, Emma Smith, and Martha Tabram are the earliest known victims of the Whitechapel Murderer, and therefore their cases offer us the best possible clues towards identifying him.

 

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