As far as serial killers go Jack the Ripper, with five murders, was nowhere near as prolific as, say, Ted Bundy (35) and English family doctor Harold Shipman (215). However, unprecedented media attention during the autumn of 1888 turned him into the most famous serial murderer of them all.
To experience some of the excitement of those dark days in Victorian London, opt for this evening walk/stalk into the Ripper slashing grounds with crime historian Donald Rumbelow. The gaslight, fog, shadows and stealthy footsteps are now long gone, prompting a CSI-inspired American tourist on the walk to demand more gore than what’s on offer.
But Rumbelow, who is author of The Complete Jack The Ripper, manages to balance historical facts with bloodthirst to good effect.
PIET VAN NIEKERK
» Departs 7.30pm every night from Tower Hill Tube station. (walks.com). £7
Verdict: A ripping time