Posted on 02/11/2020 at 10:29 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

An award-winning author wants to honor the subjects of her book with a mural in London’s Whitechapel district.

Hallie Rubenhold’s The Five, which received the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, takes a deep dive into the lives of five women who died at Jack the Ripper’s hands — without making their killer the focus of the book.

The Guardian reports that Rubenhold came up with the idea after her publisher put up a temporary mural to promote the book.

She told the paper that she has several issues with the area’s touristic focus on Jack the Ripper’s violence.

“The Ripper tours, there are several a day and some are absolutely atrocious,” she said.

“… (Jack the Ripper’s) name is all over Whitechapel. Shouldn’t these women also be remembered, in a vibrant, colourful way?”

Local officials and other organizations have voiced their support for the project, according to the Guardian.

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