Two of the five victims commonly attributed to Jack the ripper are now suspected of being killed by copycats.
I remember that “ripper Tape”, that Geordie voice, and then that song, Thank You for Being a Friend.
I remember the taunts in the playground, Your dad is the ripper!
1610s, agent noun from rip (v.). Meaning "killer who mutilates his victims" (1890) is from Jack the Ripper, notorious London murderer, whose nickname contains a pun on ripper in sense of "tool for ripping" old slates, etc. (1823) and the slang meaning "excellent person or thing, a 'ripping' fellow" (1838), from ripping "excellent, splendid."
One that is an excellent or admirable example of its kind: Every episode is a ripper (1838+)