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Background Murders Investigation Suspects Letters Media Legacy
and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. .Introduction "Jack the Ripper" is the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. that was disseminated in the media. The name originated in a letter. Other nicknames used for the killer at the time were "The Whitechapel Murderer" and "Leather Apron". The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax. written by someone claiming to be the murderer.