The Mystery of Jack the Ripper with Pepe Martinez

The Mystery of Jack the Ripper with Pepe Martinez


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In just three months between late August and early November 1888, five women were brutally murdered in London’s East End. The killer, never caught, left one of the greatest whodunnits in history. So who was Jack the Ripper? Despite the fact that there were 200 suspects in this investigation, we still have no idea who he, or she might be. Officially there were five victims, although some ripper experts believe there were as many as twelve. This conversation will delve into the dark history of London at the time as we analyzing the murders and potential culprits against the backdrop of a dreary London existence.

London at the time of the murders was the richest city in the world and the epicenter of one of the greatest Empires the world has ever known. However, there was a much darker side to London. The area to the East known as the East End, the district of Whitechapel was one of the worst slums in Europe. Narrow sunless street, ramshackle houses, six people sharing a room, thirty-six people living in one house with no electricity, one cold tap for the entire building, and one outdoor nonflushing toilet called a privy.

Added to this there was no street lighting, no sanitation, no social security, no public healthcare, and no public housing leading to mass homelessness and mass unemployment among the poorest in London. If you were lucky you might have been able to scrape some money together for a bed in a Doss House. In Whitechapel alone, there were 233 hostels for the homeless. A bed would have cost you about four pennies and if you couldn’t afford that, two pennies would get the Rope. What’s the rope your thinking? Imagine a rope tied across the room, attached to the wall at waist level over which you would be allowed to fall asleep.

The crimes of which participants will hear happened right in the middle of all of this, so prepare to plunge straight into the East End and follow the trail of Jack the Ripper. Led by a London Blue Badge guide and long-time resident the East End, Pepe Martinez this seminar will educate listeners to the grizzlier side of London’s history, and the impact of a serial killer whose name stretches far beyond the East End.

Pepe was born and bred in London and has lived here all his life, apart from a year traveling the world in his 20s. His professional life began working as a stage manager, followed by 15 years as a Tour Manager leading tours of the UK, Ireland, and Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and The Middle and the Far East. He qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide in 2011 and was honored to receive the award for Best Overall Practical Exam Guide. A keen cyclist, Pepe loves the outdoors and walking and he believes the best way to see a city is on foot. He loves the theatre and tries to attend as often as possible and is usually ahead of the game when it comes to recommendations. Pepe is particularly good at working with children and keeping them engaged and entertained. For those wanting to experience London with a local and find out its true secrets, Pepe is the man for the job.

This course is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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