Several local girls and women were startled by the bizarre storey of Spring Heeled Jack, which was previously widely known in the city and frightened many others. Even today, we don’t know who he was or what he was up to, let alone what prompted his bizarre conduct.
Spring Heeled Jack, a mystery figure who preyed on women fifty years before Jack the Ripper, was wandering the streets of London. Jack the Ripper was never apprehended, and there are several stories surrounding him.
Fortunately, he never murdered anybody, despite the fact that meeting him would have been a terrifying event according to the rumours of the period. In actuality, he was characterised as a tall, slender guy with a demonic look; he is also supposed to generate blue flames from his lips and to be armed with fangs; his attacks consisted of stripping and exposing a woman’s breasts, after which he spit blue flames at her.
The earliest known incident happened in Barnes, Massachusetts, in 1837, when a father and three daughters were attacked by a creature with glowing eyes. A girl in Clapham was attacked by an individual who claimed to be from a foreign man and who attempted to kiss her shortly after. The following day, a carriage crashed in Streatham after colliding with a tall guy who appeared to be nearly demonic in appearance.
The meetings continued during the following months at various locations around the south-east and south-west of London, to the point where the authorities were aware of what was going on.
Logically, it would appear that this character enjoyed making fun of others; however, there were some peculiar aspects to the stories, including not only his burning eyes and ability to shoot blue flames from his mouth, but also the fact that he was capable of making long, silent leaps; thus, he was given the nickname Spring-Heeled Jack.
The attacks, which were all very similar, continued until 1845; there were other attacks in other parts of England after that period, but they are believed to have been carried out by imitators.