Jack the Ripper
The world’s first documented modern serial killer remains unidentified to this day. Also known as the Whitechapel Murderer and the Leather Apron, the Ripper only murdered five prostitutes.
The first woman was found by a police constable who, making his regular rounds, stumbled upon her body in the entrance to a stable yard. He noticed that her throat was slashed from ear to ear and her eyes were still wide open. The victim’s abdomen was partially ripped open by a deep, ragged wound. He called a doctor, who, given the warmth that remained in her arms, decided that the victim had been dead for no longer than a half hour. This means that she had been killed just minutes after the constable’s previous round.
The doctor was very confused on how the wounds were inflicted and whether or not the killer was left-handed:
If (the victim’s) throat were cut while she was erect and alive, a strong jet of blood would have spurted from the wound and probably deluged the front of her clothing. But in fact there was no blood at all on her breast or the corresponding part of her clothes. Some of the flow from the throat formed a small pool on the pavement beneath (her) neck and the rest was absorbed by the backs of the dress bodice and ulster. The blood from the abdominal wound largely collected in the loose tissues. Such a pattern proves that (her) injuries were inflicted when she was lying on her back and suggests that she may have already been dead.
Jack the Ripper’s first victim was Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols.