Historical criminologists have suggested that there may have been serial murders throughout history, but specific cases were not adequately recorded. Some sources suggest that legends such as werewolves and vampires were inspired by medieval serial killers. In Africa, there have been periodic outbreaks of murder by Lion and Leopard men.
But what is the true definition of a serial killer? What killing spree was dubbed the first? And what even drives a person to want to become a murderer?
The Thames Torso Murders, often called the Thames Mysteries or the Embankment Murders, was a series of unsolved murders that took place in London from 1887 to 1889. The series included four incidents which were filed as belonging to the same series. None of the cases were solved, and only one of the four victims was identified. Speculations have linked the Thames murder series to that of the contemporary Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper. Are they true? Did Jack have something to do with these other murders? If it wasn’t Jack, do we know who it was? And what’s with all the Torsos?