The names of Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly are known as being the five victims of the serial killer Jack the Ripper.
If you walk around Whitechapel on any evening, you will see the many Jack the Ripper guided walks taking place and the public's fasination with him is staggering, he was a serial killer after all! The walks are about him and very little is said about the lives of the victims.
Upon conducting some research into the lives of his victims, all lived in poverty and almost all had alcohol problems after their marriages ended. They had to turn to prostitution to survive. In the 1881 census (seven years before the murders), four of the victims were married and had children.
A typical example of the poverty of the victims is that when his first victim; Mary Ann Nichols was found, apart from the clothes she was wearing, she had on her the only possessions she owned - a white handkerchief, a comb and a broken mirror.
I aim to raise enough money to have a plaque made and installed at the points where they were murdered. Each plaque will say their names, the years they lived, but no mention of Jack the Ripper.