London, autumn 1888. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline of Scotland Yard is assigned by his superiors to investigate the murder and brutal mutilation of a prostitute in the East End of London. As the mutilated corpses of other "shilling whores" turn up in the same area, London's tabloid journalists - particularly Benjamin Bates of The Star - whip up a public frenzy. The killer is nicknamed "Jack the Ripper" after a letter bearing that name and supposedly from the killer, is forwarded to Scotland Yard. As the Ripper terrorizes London, public outrage erupts throughout the country, and Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren fears that a revolution is in the air in London's East End.
Did You Know?
Throughout they constantly refer to Prince Albert Victor as being a suspect, This was incorrect as it was not until 1970 that the story that he was involved began. See more
When the Prime Minister hears of the gossip about any involvement of Prince Albert Victor he is worried then later on we are told that the Prince was with the Queen in Scotland, the one person in the government who would know where the Queen was at any given time would be the Prime Minister, therefore he would have quashed the rumor from the start.
The unfounded rumor was first mentioned in 1962 by Philippe Jullian in a biography of Edward VII possibly indirectly from Thomas E. A. Stowell which the later claimed in the 70s to be true since then in spite of evidence to the contrary the rumor is still believed, but at the time of the murders there was no rumor. See more