Autopsy On Annie Chapman

Posted: May 22, 2008 in Other Ripper Research
As I have mentioned both in my book and on this blog before, Dr. Alfred William Pearson did perform a Radical Hysterectomy on Annie Chapman. Let us look again at the post-mortem data:
"The abdomen had been entirely laid open: the intestines, severed from their mesenteric attachments, had been lifted out of the body and placed on the shoulder of the corpse; whilst from the pelvis, the uterus and its appendages with the upper portion of the vagina and the posterior two thirds of the bladder, had been entirely removed. No trace of these parts could be found and the incisions were cleanly cut, avoiding the rectum, and dividing the vagina low enough to avoid injury to the cervix uteri. Obviously the work was that of an expert- of one, at least, who had such knowledge of anatomical or pathological examinations as to be enabled to secure the pelvic organs with one sweep of the knife, which must therefore must have at least 5 or 6 inches in length, probably more. The appearance of the cuts confirmed him in the opinion that the instrument, like the one which divided the neck, had been of a very sharp character. The mode in which the knife had been used seemed to indicate great anatomical knowledge. He thought he himself could not have performed all the injuries he described, even without a struggle, under a quarter of an hour. If he had down it in a deliberate way such as would fall to the duties of a surgeon it probably would have taken him the best part of an hour."
Now, let us look at the different types of Hysterectomy:
There are four types of hysterectomies. The type of hysterectomy performed depends on the problem being treated:
    * Subtotal hysterectomy (partial) involves removing the body of the uterus, but leaving the cervix in place.
    * Total hysterectomy involves removing the body of the uterus as well as the cervix.
    * Total hysterectomy with salipingo-oophorectomy (bilateral if both ovaries are removed) involves removing the body of the uterus, the cervix, as well as the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
    * Radical hysterectomy is done specifically in the case of invasive gynaecological cancer, is the same procedure as a total hysterectomy but also involves the removal of the upper part of the vagina as well as the pelvic lymphatic ganglions.
                               From The Canadian Women’s Health Network

Dr. Pearson performed a Radical Hyterectomy when he removed the adnexa uteri, which includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, associated ligaments and the cervix uteri, which includes the cervix and the upper part of the vagina. As per Phillips, the murderer divided the vagina just low enough to not cause damage to the cervix, meaning the cut must have been here, as shown by a red line:


cervix pinkbetter (Medium) 


The Uterine Appendages are defined as the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and associated ligaments. 

Uterine appendages

uterine appendages

The ovaries, uterine (fallopian) tubes, and associated ligaments.

Synonym: adnexa uteri.


Therefore, in conclusion, the removal of Annie Chapman’s uterus + its appendages (including ovaries, fallopian tubes, and associated ligaments) + the upper part of her vagina (including cervix) = a RADICAL HYSTERECTOMY



  1. Solana says:

    you should state the actual medical cause of death.

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