Whipping Tom is a European being and criminal who attacked women with a whip in both 1681 and 1712 London.
The attacks occurred in both London and a bordering village called Hackney. Both had locations had the attacks happen in the years 1681 and 1712. Accounts say he cornered women in closed spaces on the street and spanked their behinds with a whip before fleeing. Because of the dates of the attacks being a bit apart from each other, it's highly likely that there were two separate cases of a suspect named whipping Tom.
- sexual predator(s)
- a work of fiction or talltale
- a possible moral panic legend