September 28th 2008 06:38
He came silently out of the midnight shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood and gore that led...nowhere
Now it’s your turn to follow in Jack the Rippers bloodstained footprints, around the chilly dark streets of Whitechapel London.
Starting outside the Tower Hill tube station, an experienced guide, (in our case a familiar British actress), leads you from one murder site to the next, recounting tales of gory murder, possible clues, and the theories surrounding the mystery of who Jack the Ripper really was.
The tour ends near the 10 Bells pub, which is where some of the victims used to drink. The walls of the pub are covered with photos, and newspaper articles, dating back to that horrendous autumn in 1888.
Although no one was ever charged, there have been many theories about who Jack the Ripper was. Throughout this walk, you will hear all the theories and all the evidence. By the end of the tour, I had my own idea as to the Rippers identity, but I will let you make up your own mind.
There are many Ripper Walks around London, but the one leaving from Tower Hill Station at 7.30pm every evening is allegedly the best, as Donald Rumblelow, one of the leading authorities on Jack the Ripper, designed it.
The walk takes place every night regardless of the weather. It only costs £7 and it is money well spent. For more information, see the official website.