Born Severin Antoniovich Klosowski in 1865, he took various
medical courses in his home in Poland, travelling to Warsaw
to work as a surgeon's apprentice. Sometime in 1887 or 1888
he moved to London.
After his arrival in London he worked for a few months as a
hairdressers assistant, before setting up his own shop as a
barber in the East India Dock area.
The shop was at
126 Cable Street, St. George's-in-the-East. The Post Office
London Directory of 1889 lists this as his address, so it is
likely that this was his also his home residence in he
autumn of 1888, during the Ripper murders.
1890, Klosowski took a similar job in a barber shop on the corner of Whitechapel High Street and George Yard.
significant, as possible Ripper victim Martha Tabram (killed
August, 1888) was murdered in the George Yard buildings,
which were only a few yards from this shop.
October 1889, at the Polish Club in
St. John's Square, Clerkenwell, he met Lucy
Baderski, within 5
weeks they were married.
He had previously been married in Poland, and
his first, - legal wife, came over to 'get her man back'
this failed and she returned to Poland at the same time that
Baderski gave birth to a son. The boy only lived a few
Shortly after this they emigrated to New
While there the arguments between the couple
in a barber shop, where he was seen to attack Lucy on more
than one occasion.
February 1892, Lucy moved back to
England on her own, going to live with her sister in
She gave birth to their second son in May.
returned to England, the couple got back together for a
short time, before the relationship ended for good.
November 1893 Klosowski met a woman
called Annie Chapman (no relation to the Ripper victim) and
took her surname, from this point on he would be known as
March 1896, He met Mary Spink, recently
separated from her husband, and with a sum of £500 to her
name, Chapman ended with Annie Chapman, he and Spink set up
a barbershop in Hastings.
3rd April 1897, Chapman bought an
ounce of Tarter Emetic a chemist shop in Hastings. Tarter
Emetic is a white powder often hidden in food, it has a
slight bitter taste. It contains a metal called
Antimony a colourless, odourless
and almost tasteless poison, administered in small enough
doses it causes a slow and painful death.
September 1897, Chapman and Mary
returned to London and took the lease of the Prince of Wales
public house, off City Road in Bartholomew Square. Mary
began suffering from stomach pains and nausea.
25th December 1897, Mary died on
Christmas day with her husband by her side. The cause of
death was given as consumption.
April 1898, Chapman took on a barmaid
Elizabeth Taylor. They became lovers and Chapman entered yet
another bogus marriage.
March 1899, The couple took over the
Monument public house in Union Street, however Elizabeth
soon began to suffer the same symptoms as Mary Spink.
13th February 1901. Elizabeth Taylor
died, on this occasion the cause of death was given as
intestinal obstruction and exhaustion.
August 1899, Chapman was looking for a
new barmaid, he took on Maude Marsh, who soon became his
October 1899, Yet another bogus
marriage, as he was still married to Lucy Baderski.
1902, the couple moved to the Crown
pub, Borough High Street. The same pattern followed, Maud
falling ill, though this time the victim was admitted to
hospital. While in hospital her condition quickly improved,
though she soon fell ill again on her return home.
22nd October 1902, Maud died.
Suspicions were now alerted and the bodies of Elizabeth
Taylor and Mary Spink were exhumed, all were found to
contain Antimony, and all were very well preserved.
25th October 1902, Chapman was
arrested and charged with the murders of the 3 women.
Chapman appears at The old Bailey charges with three
murders, he is found guilty on all counts.
1903, Hanged at Wandsworth prison
There is much
speculation that Chapman may have been 'Jack the Ripper',
these is NO evidence for this, dates and places don't match,
and the MO is completely different.
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