8 September – On this day

The second of the Whitechapel murders, known as the “canonical five”, occurred on this day. This is widely believed to be the work of Jack the Ripper because it features the same MO (modus operandi).

Warning! Image of the deceased below.

Annie Chapman’s body was discovered at about 6 a.m. on Saturday 8 September 1888 near a doorway in the back yard of 29 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields. As in the case of Mary Ann Nichols, the throat was severed by two cuts. The abdomen was slashed entirely open, and it was later discovered that the uterus had been removed. At the inquest, one witness described seeing Chapman at about 5:30 a.m. with a dark-haired man of “shabby-genteel” appearance.

Annie Chapman mortuary photo
Annie Chapman mortuary photo