Jack the Ripper

Pseudonymous murderer of at least five women, all prostitutes, in or near London's Whitechapel district, from Aug. 7 to Nov. 10, 1888. The throat of each victim was cut, and usually the body was mutilated in a manner indicating the murderer had considerable knowledge of human anatomy. Authorities received a series of taunting notes from a person calling himself Jack the Ripper and purporting to be the murderer. Although strenuous efforts were made to identify and trap the killer, he remained unknown. The unsolved case retained its hold on the popular imagination, becoming the subject of several motion pictures and more than 100 books, as well as a macabre tourist industry in London.

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Ripper may refer to:

  • Jack the Ripper, a pseudonym given to an unidentified serial killer (or killers) active in the largely impoverished Whitechapel area and adjacent districts of London in the latter half of 1888
  • The Yorkshire Ripper, the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, who killed thirteen women in Yorkshire during the 1970s
  • Brandon Vedas, a man who died of drug overdose on IRC
  • Tim "Ripper" Owens, Heavy Metal singer
  • CD ripper, a piece of software that reads compact discs and extracts audio data and stores it in an audio format computer file
  • DVD ripper, a computer application that copies the contents of a DVD to a harddisk
  • Ripper (copier), a person who is seriously and continuously involved in the ripping process
  • John the Ripper, a password cracking tool
  • A slater's tool with a blade and a hook, used for removing broken slate
  • A moveable hard steel hook on the back of a bulldozer used to break up hard soil or pavement
  • Ripper (hot dog), a variety of hot dog served in New Jersey,
  • Ripper (racquet), a patented raquetball racquet from Wilson Sporting Goods
  • A well-known skateboard graphic from Powell Peralta
  • A colloquialism for flatulence

In fiction

  • Ripper (game), a computer game released in 1996 by Take-Two Interactive
  • Ripper (Harry Potter), the name of Aunt Marge's bulldog in the Harry Potter series of novels
  • Ripper (Slade), the fourth novel in Michael Slade's long running Special X series
  • Ripper (film), a 2001 horror film, starring A. J. Cook and Bruce Payne
  • Ripper (television), a proposed spin-off series or made-for-TV movie from the tv series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Rupert Giles, a character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer who was also known as "Ripper"
  • Rippers, a type of creature in the Metroid video game franchise
  • A race of mutant kangaroo–human hybrids in the graphic novel/movie Tank Girl
  • 'Ripper', the villain played by Tom Noonan in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero

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