"Catch me if you can! Ha ha ha ha!"
-Jack the Ripper's line before fighting the player.
Jack the Ripper is one of the non-playable characters in LEGO Dimensions 2: The Rise of Enoch, from the Shadow Man franchise. He is based on the real life serial killer who was active during the late 19th century.
Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. In both the criminal case files and contemporary journalistic accounts, the killer was called the Whitechapel Murderer and Leather Apron.
Attacks ascribed to Jack the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of the East End of London whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer had some anatomical or surgical knowledge. Rumors that the murders were connected intensified in September and October 1888, and numerous letters were received by media outlets and Scotland Yard from individuals purporting to be the murderer. The name "Jack the Ripper" originated in a letter written by an individual claiming to be the murderer that was disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax and may have been written by journalists in an attempt to heighten interest in the story and increase their newspapers' circulation. The "From Hell" letter received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee came with half of a preserved human kidney, purportedly taken from one of the victims. The public came increasingly to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper", mainly because of both the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders, and media coverage of the crimes.
Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the Ripper, and the legend solidified. A police investigation into a series of eleven brutal murders committed in Whitechapel and Spitalfields between 1888 and 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888. Five victims—Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly—are known as the "canonical five" and their murders between 31 August and 9 November 1888 are often considered the most likely to be linked. The murders were never solved, and the legends surrounding these crimes became a combination of historical research, folklore, and pseudohistory.
This offender, known as "Jack 2" (for reasons that will become evident later in this report), preys solely on women, striking late at night/in the early hours of the morning, on or near London Underground stations in the East End of London.
The offender has so far murdered four women.
|August 20, 1999||Marie Nicholas||Whitchapel Station|
|September 8, 1999||Anna Chaplin||Shoredith Station|
|September 29, 1999||Eliza Strinder||Aldgate East Station|
|Katrina Eddison||Aldgate Station|
When compared against the five murders perpetrated in London between August 31 and November 9, 1888, by the offender known as "Jack the Ripper", we can see some striking similarities.
|August 31, 1888||Mary Ann Nichols||Bucks Row|
|September 8, 1888||Annie Chapman||29 Hanbury Street|
|September 30, 1888||Elizabeth Stride||Berner Street|
|Catherine Edowes||Church Passage|
|November 9, 1888||Mary Kelly||Dorset Street|
As can be seen when comparing the above lists, all the latest victims have been similar names to the original victims and the recent locations, when looked on the map of London, are very close to the 1888 murder sites. There are further similarities in that the recent murders by Jack 2 have almost identical MOs to the 1888 killings.