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?
The last time Michael Caine and Edward Judd appeared in a film together was The Day the Earth caught Fire when Judd was the lead actor and Caine had an uncredited role as a policeman. See more
A lot of fuss was made about Prince Albert Victor being a suspect in the murders, in fact he wasn't at the time he only became a suspect in 1970 when Dr Thomas E. A. Stowell made a totally false claim that the prince was the murderer within days he retracted his claim and since then it has been proved that the prince was not involved although some people still believe it. See more