Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

The 125th Anniversary of the Autumn of Terror, The End

Today completes my observance of the 125th anniversary of the Autumn of Terror. The third and final part of my latest three-part "Looking Back on Genre History" podcast segment, which focuses on how science fiction authors have wrestled with the Jack the Ripper mystery, is now available here at StarShipSofa. (Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.)


On this day in 1888, the body of Mary Jane Kelly - the last "canonical" victim of Jack the Ripper, the youngest (approximately 25 years old), and the only one to be murdered indoors - was found in her home at 13 Miller's Court. This day is often used to mark the end of the Ripper's reign over the Autumn of Terror.

Ripperologists continue to debate whether later deaths by violent murder (such as those of Annie Farmer and Rose Mylett in 1888, Elizabeth Jackson and Alice Mackenzie in 1889, and Frances Coles and Carrie Brown in 1891, among others) also should be attributed to Jack the Ripper.


* See Casebook: Jack the Ripper's Mary Jane Kelly page.
Tags: podcasts, sf, whitechapel

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