No Beast So Fierce


Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge is a small church in Paris built during the mid-19th century. For most of its history, it has been a place of solace. This wasn’t the case, however, on one November morning in 1886, when locals discovered the mutilated body of a woman dumped on the church’s doorstep.The mangled corpse was missing its head, legs, and right hand. It also had its uterus removed and right breast cut off. The victim was never identified, although police knew she was a young woman, most likely a prostitute.

Brutality aside, what made this murder truly remarkable was the similarity to a series of killings that plagued London a few years later. Between 1887 and 1889, four women were murdered and mutilated, with their torsos and other remains dumped around the city, primarily in the Thames. Many modern crime buffs have linked these murders together, leading to speculation that the Montrouge murder was committed by the same person. At the same time, some ripperologists believe Jack the Ripper was the one responsible for the Thames torso murders.

Going by this line of thinking, the torso left at Montrouge church could have been Jack’s first known victim.

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