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GA 1910-1912: The Atlanta Ripper - Atlanta, Georgia

Discussion in 'Historical Cold Cases - Pre 1950' started by Blue G 3, Jan 17, 2019.

  1. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    By 1912, the murder of Black women in Atlanta took on a life of their own and

    became front page news across the United States. On May 12, 1912, for example, the

    New York Times published the following story:

    ATLANTA, GA May 11-“Jack the Ripper” claimed his twentieth woman victim

    in Atlanta some time last night. Like the other nineteen victims he has slain in the

    last nine month (sic), she was a comely yellow girl and has not yet been


    Her body was found this morning by a party of laborers in a secluded alley. The

    clothing had been removed and was piled nearby. Death was caused by two stabs

    in the neck, one of which cut the jugular vein. After these fatal stabs, the ripper,

    as in the case of the other nineteen girls, made other cuts on the body

    So far the detectives have been unable to find a clue to the slayer. The negroes,

    who are in a state of terror and try to keep their women off the street at night,

    have offered a large reward for the arrest of the murderer (“Another ripper”, 1912,

    p. 6).

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  2. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    The search for the serial killer, called "the Atlanta Ripper" by the press, found six different suspects, but no convictions were ever made, nor was the crime ever solved.
    By the end of 1911, fifteen women, all black or dark-skinned, all in their early 20s, had been murdered in the same manner.
    The "Ripper" may have had as many as 21 victims, but there is no conclusive proof that the murders were carried out by one person.


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