The American Ripper Murders
Several decades after Jack the Ripper had finished his grisly work in London’s East End, another murderer began claiming victims across the Atlantic, in the American state of Georgia. From late-January 1911, a series of brutal murders occurred over a year in which an elusive killer targeted the black and mixed-race female residents of the city, often slitting their throats or bashing their heads during savage attacks. Despite numerous arrests and an exhaustive investigation, the police attributed the many killings to different culprits, often the victim’s own husband. Others however believe that a lone suspect was roaming the streets preying on women of Atlanta’s African American community. At the time, this phantom slayer was strongly associated with the crimes of Jack the Ripper, and although his victim’s were vastly different, it soon became apparent the Atlanta Ripper was an equally vicious murderer who remained as unknown to history as his London counterpart.