Victoria was a lady of the night, a woman some in town referred to as a harlot. She was often confronted by hateful looks and derisive talk and hurtful gossip from the other women in the village, but she really didn’t care. She was an intelligent woman who was simply taking advantage of her God-given physical blessings in order to make a living, and she was making a more comfortable living than many of the men in the town.
Victoria felt secure being out after dark in the small, picturesque, and relatively safe hamlet because she was often in the company of men she knew. But when she didn’t show up one morning at the house she shared with two other women, her housemates went to see Constable Ainsworth.
Victoria’s body was found next to the gate under the arch in the center of town. Her throat had been cut and her abdominal organs removed, the same MO as the infamous Jack the Ripper. But all of the Ripper’s killings of prostitutes had taken place in the seedier sections of London’s East End.
Constable Ainsworth’s challenge was to determine if the notorious London serial killer had shifted his venue from the big city to this sleepy little hamlet, or if Victoria’s brutal murder was the work of a sadistic copycat killer.
Ainsworth had an inkling that the killer was closer to home and he had a pretty good idea who was responsible. He paid a visit to the home of the highly regarded Dr. Jekyll.
Written for the new Daily Genre Challenge from Teresa, aka The Haunted Wordsmith. Teresa provided the photo by Gerhard Gellinger at Pixabay, and has challenged us to write a story using the “Historical Mystery” genre, a mystery that takes place in a specific, recognizable period of history, with an emphasis on the details of the setting.