On the morning of 7th August, 1888, the body of Martha Tabram was discovered in George’s Yard buildings. She had been stabbed 39 times and left in a stairwell.

Although she is not generally labelled as one of the Ripper’s victims, her death was the beginning of one of the most sensational media frenzies in history.  Headlines screamed of a brutal murder and terror in London’s East End. As the murders continued, fear and panic broke in waves over London, leading to riots and questions about the abilities of the police.


Vigilante groups sprang up and people cowered in their homes and lodging houses. As terror spread, speculation ran rampant and the killer seemed to lurk around every corner.

Over the next few weeks, we will be exploring some of the police investigations, press attention, and vigilante activities that became hallmarks of the Autumn of Terror.

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