Author: Hallie Rubenhold
Summary: This was a detailed, engaging look at both the lives of these five women and the lives of the poor in Victorian England.
“Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888.” (source) Because of our focus on their murderer and due to the misconception that Jack the Ripper preyed on prostitutes, their true stories aren’t well known. Together, their stories give a fascinating overview of the lives of the poor and lower middle class in Victorian England. Read more »