An illustration of Mary Jane Kelly (circa 1888), one of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Illustration: Alamy

Jack the Ripper victims’ reputations largely restored in book about their lives, not their deaths

  • Historian Hallie Rubenhold traces the paths leading the serial killer’s victims – poor, illiterate and sent to work as servants – to London’s East End slums
  • Theirs were lives where one false step meant destitution – and the workhouse or the streets; but only one was a prostitute, she writes; alcohol was their vice
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An illustration of Mary Jane Kelly (circa 1888), one of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Illustration: Alamy
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