Henriques Street, formerly known as Berner Street, is a narrow East End street off Commercial Road in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It was renamed after Jewish philanthropist and social activist Basil Henriques. Its claim to fame, however, is quite morbid: prostitute Elizabeth Stride was found dead in Dutfield’s Yard off Berner Street on the night of 30 September 1888. Her murder is attributed to Jack the Ripper.
She was nicknamed ‘Long Liz’ and is believed to be the third victim of the notorious unidentified serial killer called Jack the Ripper, who murdered and mutilated prostitutes in the Whitechapel.
No money was found on Stride’s body, so it is possible that her night’s takings were stolen from her, either in the attack seen by a witness named Israel Schwartz, or by her murderer. Either way., she seems to have gone into the yard with her murderer alive, presumably on the basis that he was a client. Since there had been two other murders involving a cut throat nearby, Stride’s murder was added to the Whitechapel murders investigation, and was widely believed to have been perpetrated by the same killer – Jack the Ripper.