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An Awful Crime

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An Awful Crime

The narrow lane led to an awful place
With its own page in the annals of history,
Where once was committed a murder most foul
It’s perpetrator to date still a mystery

Thirteen, Millers Court in Spitalfields
Was the abode of one Mary Jane Kelly
Where one November morn, eighteen eighty eight
She was found, slit from throat to her belly.

A victim was she of a man they called ‘Jack’
A murderer of most savage renown
Who spread fear through the streets of Whitechapel,
And whose identity has never been found

Because ‘Jacks’ alter ego was never confirmed
Speculation and theories are rife
Was he a personage of royal blood?
Was he a surgeon, skilled with a knife?

Was ‘Jack’ an American actor? 
Was he sane, was he mentally ill?
Were his only victims the ‘canonical’ five?
Just how many more did he kill?

Why did it all end and where did ‘Jack’ go
Is as mysterious as from whence he came,
But his legacy remains and for many a year
Life on London’s streets was never the same.

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  1. Date: 12/6/2011 12:20:00 PM
    Congrats on your featured poem this week Janette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/9/2009 8:49:00 AM
    Clever poem about Jack the Ripper, well done - James.