The Canonical Four: The Renunciation of Liz Stride

Little fact is known on the infamous Jack the Ripper. From identity to motive to clues he left, investigators have virtually no evidence. Even the number of victims is still debated today. Commonly, it is agreed that there are a canonical five victims- Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Liz Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Kelly. Based on M.O., location, and attack style, one victim stands out of place to me. Liz Stride does not fit the Ripper victim profile. First, Stride’s throat was not strangled before cut. Second, it appears that Stride’s murderer was right-handed, though all other victims were cut by a left-handed killer. Also, all other victims’ murders were in quiet, off-set areas. Stride was murdered on a busy, well lit street. Most importantly, Stride was part of a double murder. The chances of the Ripper committing both crimes without being caught on the police filled streets. Stride does not fit any other victim mutilation pattern, location or attack style.

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