Dark and disturbing, this terrifying crime thriller is set against the tumultuous backdrop of London in 1888, where the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel.
Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine.
The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities.
Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth Whitechapel begins churning with dark violence and serious threat to life. How will the relationship between Abberline and Mary Kelly evolve? Will the killer be identified and punished?
Did you know?
(at around 45 mins) The medical council announcer introduces the Elephant Man as Joseph Merrick, then Merrick's benefactor Dr. Treves "corrects" him, so he calls him John Merrick. Merrick's given name was Joseph, but Frederick Treves insisted on calling him John in his reports, deliberately crossing out Joseph. It is not known why Treves did this, but Merrick always called himself Joseph and never John, so historians always call him Joseph Merrick. Read More