Quiz about The Ripper Murders  Official Perspective
Quiz about The Ripper Murders  Official Perspective

The Ripper Murders - Official Perspective Quiz


This quiz deals mainly with the official police investigation into the Ripper murders. A familiarity with the works of authors Donald Rumbelow, Philip Sugden, Colin Wilson or Terence Sharkey may be of added benefit.

A multiple-choice quiz by ripper1. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
ripper1
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
155,290
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Very Difficult
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1. The five known victims of Jack The Ripper were all prostitutes living in Whitechapel and all were mutilated.

True
False

2. Sir Charles Warren, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, resigned over his failure to capture the killer.

True
False

3. Sir Melville Macnaghten drafted a letter during his tenure as Chief Constable of the CID in 1894. Found decades after his death, who did this important document list as "most likely to be The Whitechapel Murderer"? Hint

Montague John Druitt
All Names Are Correct
Aaron Kosminski
Michael Ostrog

4. Israel Schwartz, William Marshall, PC William Smith and Joseph Lawende provided descriptions of a man, most probably Jack The Ripper, in the company of Elizabeth Stride just prior to her murder.

True
False

5. A high ranking case official commented years after the murders that, "The East End Jews protected the murderer as one of their own." Who made this statement? Hint

Frederick George Abberline
Robert Anderson
Donald Swanson
Major Henry Smith

6. Sir Charles Warren, along with George Lusk of the Mile End/Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, urged the Home Office to offer a pardon to any accomplice of the murderer who would betray him to the police. What was the main objection to this idea? Hint

The residents of the East End would never tolerate a pardon for someone accused of such heinous crimes.
There was no credible evidence that Jack The Ripper had an accomplice.
A pardon was viewed as a means to cover up the numerous ineptities of the police.
The offer was made only to placate residents of the East End who were still incensed over the Government's refusal to offer a monetary reward for information leading to the killer.

7. Which Ripper victim alledgedly stated, "I have come back to earn the reward offered for the apprehension of the Whitechapel Murderer. I think I know him." Hint

Catharine Eddowes
Elizabeth Stride
Annie Chapman
Mary Kelly

8. Five surgeons were involved in the autopsies of the Whitechapel victims. Doctors Llewellyn, Phillips, Blackwell, Brown, and Bond. Which man was involved in the most cases?

Answer: (Two Words. Full or surname. He conducted three autopsies.)
9. Of Llewellyn, Phillips, Blackwell, Brown, and Bond, four believed that the murderer had some degree of anatomical or surgical skill. Who was the lone dissenter?

Answer: (One Word. Surname only. Abberline thought highly of him.)
10. The chalk message written on the wall of the open doorway on Goulston Street is thought to be the only clue that Jack The Ripper left. It read, "The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing." Despite its' significance, Sir Charles Warren obliterated it before the photographer arrived. Why? Hint

The photographer would not arrive before the morning masses were already out in the streets.
Because there was no proof it had been left by the murderer.
Because he was following a recommendation from a fellow official.
Because the inflammatory nature of the words would instigate race riots and violence directed at the Jews.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The five known victims of Jack The Ripper were all prostitutes living in Whitechapel and all were mutilated.

Answer: False

Though her throat was cut, Elizabeth Stride escaped mutilation due to the sudden appearance of Louis Diemschutz. Ripperologists believe that the killer's failure to mutilate Stride is what precipitated his subsequent attack on Catharine Eddowes. Her mutilated body was found a short time later in Mitre Square.
2. Sir Charles Warren, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, resigned over his failure to capture the killer.

Answer: False

That Warren resigned over his failure to capture the Ripper is a common misconception that persists even to this day. The public wanted a scapegoat and opposition to him was summed up with the headline, "War On Warren". In reality his resignation came about due to his refusal to be bound by Home Office ordinance rulings.
3. Sir Melville Macnaghten drafted a letter during his tenure as Chief Constable of the CID in 1894. Found decades after his death, who did this important document list as "most likely to be The Whitechapel Murderer"?

Answer: All Names Are Correct

Known as the "Macnaghten Papers," this single document exists in two versions. One is included with the Ripper case file papers in the Public Records Office and the other was in the possession of his daughter, Lady Aberconway.
4. Israel Schwartz, William Marshall, PC William Smith and Joseph Lawende provided descriptions of a man, most probably Jack The Ripper, in the company of Elizabeth Stride just prior to her murder.

Answer: False

Schwartz, Marshall and Smith did provide descriptions of Stride's companion. However, Lawende witnessed a man accompanying Catharine Eddowes into Mitre Square. Stride and Eddowes were murdered in the same evening, in what has become known as "The Double Event."
5. A high ranking case official commented years after the murders that, "The East End Jews protected the murderer as one of their own." Who made this statement?

Answer: Robert Anderson

Anderson made this statement in his official memoirs. Smith vehemently responded to the quote, calling it a "reckless accusation."
6. Sir Charles Warren, along with George Lusk of the Mile End/Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, urged the Home Office to offer a pardon to any accomplice of the murderer who would betray him to the police. What was the main objection to this idea?

Answer: There was no credible evidence that Jack The Ripper had an accomplice.

Warren's belief that the murderer had an accomplice was based solely on the arrival of an anonymous letter to Scotland Yard. The writer claimed to be an accomplice demanding a free pardon in exchange for handing over The Ripper.
7. Which Ripper victim alledgedly stated, "I have come back to earn the reward offered for the apprehension of the Whitechapel Murderer. I think I know him."

Answer: Catharine Eddowes

Eddowes claimed to know who the Ripper was. Reward money was being offered and with this knowledge her immediate financial problems would be solved. She made the comment to her lover, John Kelly, as well as to the Casual Ward Superintendent of Mile End. The superintendent told it to a reporter after her murder. It appears in The East London Observer newspaper of October 13, 1888.
8. Five surgeons were involved in the autopsies of the Whitechapel victims. Doctors Llewellyn, Phillips, Blackwell, Brown, and Bond. Which man was involved in the most cases?

Answer: Dr. Phillips

Dr. George Bagster Phillips, the divisional police surgeon, was in charge of the Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, and Mary Kelly cases. He was also present at the Catharine Eddowes crime scene and subsequent inquest, although it was Dr. Brown who oversaw that particular case.
9. Of Llewellyn, Phillips, Blackwell, Brown, and Bond, four believed that the murderer had some degree of anatomical or surgical skill. Who was the lone dissenter?

Answer: Bond

After the coroner's inquest into the death of Mary Kelly, Dr. Thomas Bond told Inspector Abberline that, "The murderer was a man of physical strength and great coolness and daring, but he possessed no anatomical knowledge. He does not even possess the technical knowledge of a butcher or horse slaughterer."
10. The chalk message written on the wall of the open doorway on Goulston Street is thought to be the only clue that Jack The Ripper left. It read, "The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing." Despite its' significance, Sir Charles Warren obliterated it before the photographer arrived. Why?

Answer: Because he was following a recommendation from a fellow official.

Aware that Superintendent Thomas Arnold knew more about the conditions in Whitechapel than he, Warren carried out Arnold's order without hesitation. In "The Complete History of Jack the Ripper" by author Philip Sugden, Arnold's report to the Home Office dated November 6, 1888, states, "A strong feeling existed against the Jews after suspicion fell on John Pizer after the Hanbury Street incident. I was apprehensive that if the writing were left it would be the means of causing a riot".
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