Ten Students Travel To London, Study Jack The Ripper

By Susan Pruitt
Senior Editor

London

London trip – (from left, front row) Susan Harmon, Jackie Cargile, Katie Tomerlin, Danyelle Earnest, Rebekah Askew and Sarah McInnis. (From left, back row) Jewell Daniel, Deonna White and Kody Robinson.


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– Ten psychology students, accompanied by Assistant Professor of Psychology Krista Nelson, traveled to London, England during spring break to study serial killer Jack the Ripper. The trip was part of Nelson’s criminal profiling class.

   While attending the Jack the Ripper guided tour, the group not only learned about Ripper’s five victims, but also saw the areas where police found their bodies. In 1888, Ripper attacked and strangled five prostitutes in the Whitechapel district. With the victims almost unconscious, Ripper cut their throats, mutilated their faces and removed some of their abdominal organs.

   The students also learned about the main suspects of the Ripper murders, which include Montague John Druitt, Aaron Kosminski and Michael Ostrog. Prince Albert Victor was also named a suspect in the case along with many others. No evidence was ever found to connect the any of the suspects to the murders.

   “It was amazing to be standing in the exact places of where things went down. To be within walking distances of such significant historical buildings, streets and landmarks was very humbling,” said Danyelle Earnest, a psychology major.

   In additon to the Jack the Ripper tour, the students also visited the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Crown Jewels, Big Ben, the Globe and the city of Bath among other tourist attractions.

   “London was like walking into a time capsule. A perfect mixture of past and present that allows you to take pause and appreciate its splendor,” said Jackie Cargile, a psychology major.

   The psychology students in attendance include Danyelle Earnest, Deonna White, Jewell Daniel, Kody Robinson, Katie Tomerlin, Jackie Cargile, Rachel Bedenbaugh, Susan Harmon, Sarah McInnis and Rebekah Askew.

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