One of the theories surrounding the death of victim, Mary Kelly, was that she was not a Ripper victim. Since her face so badly injured that it could not be identified, people began to suspect that the victim was not Mary Kelly and that Mary Kelly, herself, killed another woman and stole her identity.
Part of this theory comes from the woman’s clothes in the fireplace-that Mary Kelly burned them to be rid of evidence.
Others believe the clothes were burning in he fireplace to give the Ripper light to work by, since he was indoors.
The day that probable victim, Elizabeth Stride was murdered, Dr. Barnardo visited the lodging house where she lived. He had taken to street preaching and talked to the women and girls about saving the children from common lodging houses and the street. He said that the girls and women were, “thoroughly frightened” and one woman mentioned how no one cared about a prostitute’s safety.
Upon seeing Elizabeth Stride’s body, he immediately recognized her as one of the women from the lodging house, earlier that day.
(Fact taken from casebook.org.)
Ripper victim, Elizabeth Stride claimed that her husband and children were killed when a saloon steam ship, the Princess Alice collided with another ship in 1878. Legal documents, however show that her husband died in 1884.
She also claimed to have injured her palate while trying to escape the ship but the autopsy showed no damage to her hard or soft palate. She told this story to the Swedish church when asking for money. Evidently, it worked and they gave her the money.
Probable victim of the Ripper, Elizabeth Stride, was born in Sweden on a farm called Stora Tumlehed in Torslanda parish, north of Gothenburg. She came to London, England in 1866. Her nickname was “Long Liz” because she was 5′ 5″ tall, which made her taller than most of the women of her time.
On the Monday before her death, ripper victim, Annie Chapman runs into her friend, Amelia Palmer and tells Amelia that she is feeling “unwell” and might go visit her sister.
“If I can get a pair of boots from my sister, I might go hop picking.”
Hop was a plant, which could be picked for a price. It was used in London at the time for brewing beer but other beverages, as well, for it’s herbal effects. It was known to have almost an antibiotic effect.
At the time of her death, ripper victim, Annie Chapman was suffering from tuberculosis of the lungs, which is highly contagious and spread through inhalation, and it had spread to the membranes of her brain. Casebook.org mentions that tuberculosis and Syphilis have the same symptoms and can spread to the brain, and that she could have had either disease.
Ripper victim, Annie Chapman received 10 shillings a week from her estranged husband until his death in 1886. She then supported herself by selling crochet she had made and artificial flowers, along with prostitution.