Hookers in 19th-century London knew to be very, very afraid of a serial killer who was slitting the throats and occasionally disemboweling the working girls of Whitechapel. They called him "Jack the Ripper" because of his particular modus operandi. Life as a prostitute was no fun back then, and it's not much better today in South Florida.
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For the past year, we've had our own Ripper of sorts haunting Dixie Highway in the dark hours, picking up streetwalkers and raping and brutally beating them -- reportedly smashing their facial bones and breaking their teeth. At least 13 prostitutes on Dixie Highway from Pompano to Lake Worth had gotten the treatment from Dane White, a Boynton Beach man who worked as a security guard in Riviera Beach during the day.
According to the women, White would pick them up, negotiate for sex, and then drive them to a secluded area where they were beaten brutally. In one case, every bone in one woman's face was broken. Another referred to him as "the monster." White was arrested on Tuesday and charged in Delray Beach with aggravated battery and sexual battery. His bond was set at $250,000. He's being held in the Palm Beach County Jail.
White claims he was pissed off because his girlfriend dumped him six months ago. But the assaults on prostitutes started well before his girl gave him the bad news. Sounds like White's ladyfriend had a pretty good read on his character. Exit stage left, bones and teeth intact.