1881 census sheds light on Jack the Ripper’s victims’ lives

Published on September 17th, 2009 | by Admin

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A study of the 1881 census has revealed more details about the lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims and some believe that further study may shed some light on the murderer himself.

The first of the Canonical victims, Mary Ann Nichols, appears in the 1871 census as married with three children, but is not registered in 1881. She was found mutilated in what is now Durward Street in Whitechapel, 200 yards from the London Hospital, on 31 August 1888.

Annie Chapman, who was killed on 8 September, was listed in 1881 as a “stud groom’s wife” living with her parents, and is believed to have moved in with her parents shortly after the census. The death of her daughter led her to alcoholism, and her marriage broke up in 1884. She was 37.

Swedish-born Elizabeth Stride, also 37, was living with her husband when the census was taken. However, newspaper reports following her murder on 30 September suggested she was living alone.

Catherine Eddowes, who was killed the same night as Elizabeth Stride, had been living with her common-law husband John Conway at the time of the census. She was 46 when she was killed in Mitre Square in the City of London.

There is no information in the census of the last and youngest of the Canonical victims, Mary Jane Kelly, who was around 25 at the time of her death.

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3 Responses to 1881 census sheds light on Jack the Ripper’s victims’ lives

  1. “…may shed some light on the murderER himself.”

    Sorry just noticed that you said “murder himself” versus “murderer.”

  2. I have a maternal ancestor, on my father’s side, I think, named Stride. I think it was Anne Stride…I haven’t done much genealogy the last few years.

    I remember checking when I saw the name “Stride” to see if she was the actual victim of J.R.

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