Jack the Ripper was one of the most notorious serial killers in history. In 1888, the Ripper was suspected of brutally killing at least five women in and around the Whitechapel district in the East End of London. The Ripper killings were the focus of an intensive police investigation and garnered enormous attention from the public and media, but the case went unsolved, and the identity of the Ripper remains a subject of widespread debate over a century later. So who was Jack the Ripper? Was he one of the contemporaneous suspects, or one revealed by historical and scientific research? Was he even a man - or, for that matter, was he real at all?
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Clues about Sickert's connection to the Ripper case have been found in his paintings and letters.
Walter Sickert was a painter who took a strong interest in the Ripper case, notably completing a painting entitled "Jack the Ripper's Bedroom" in 1907, based on his time staying in a room allegedly used by the Ripper. Some of Sickert's other paintings contained hints about the murders as well, including his 1908 work "The Camden Town Murder", in which the murdered body of a prostitute is positioned in a strikingly similar way to the autopsy pictures of the actual Ripper murders. Sickert's obsession with Jack the Ripper and the clues of his paintings go beyond a simple artistic interest, and suggest that he was deeply involved with the Ripper's crimes.