Annie Chapman

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Annie Chapman
Chapman on her wedding day in 1869
Eliza Anne Smith

25 September 1840
Paddington, London, England
Died8 September 1888(1888-09-08) (aged 47)
Spitalfields, London
Cause of deathBlood loss due to severance of the carotid vessels[1]
Body discovered29 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London
51°31′13.35″N 0°4′21.20″W / 51.5203750°N 0.0725556°W / 51.5203750; -0.0725556 (Site where Annie Chapman body was found in Whitechapel)
Resting placeManor Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Forest Gate, London, England
51°33′08″N 0°02′35″E / 51.552354°N 0.043065°E / 51.552354; 0.043065 (memorial plaque)
OccupationFlower seller, crocheter, beggar, casual prostitute
Known forVictim of serial murder
John Chapman
(m. 1869; separated 1884)
Parent(s)George Smith
Ruth Chapman

Annie Chapman (born Eliza Ann Smith; 25 September 1840 – 8 September 1888) was the second victim of the unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper is believed to have killed and mutilated at least five women in the Whitechapel and Spitalfields districts of London between late August and early November 1888.

There are previous murders, linked to a person called the Whitechapel murderer. Jack the Ripper likely did not commit them, though. Because of these murders, there had been considerable press and public attention. When Annie Chapman was killed, this generated a state of panic in the East End of London.[2] Police were put under more and more pressure to find the murderer.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Tully, The Real Jack the Ripper: The Secret of Prisoner 1167, p. 290
  2. Norder, Ripper Notes: How the Newspapers Covered the Jack the Ripper Murders p. 47
  3. "Whitechapel is Panic Stricken At Another Fiendish Crime. A Fourth Victim of the Maniac". 1 January 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2020.