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Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888?

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Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888? In this essay, I will explain why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention. I will use five points to explain this answer and extracts about Jack the Ripper. I will be writing about the wounds of one of the victims. I will write about two newspaper articles from the period and a letter that was sent to a president of the Vigilance Committee. I also will be writing about what Whitechapel was like then and why Jack the Ripper was not caught. I will also be writing about the cardboard box sent with the letter. At the end, I will write a conclusion to the question. One point that the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in 1888 was the goriness of the wounds on the victims. Take Catherine Eddowes for example, her throat was cut and her bowels were protruding. The stomach was ripped up and a large cut from her breastbone to her stomach. Her intestines were cut out and her kidney and her womb were also cut out. ...read more.

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on the 8th September 1888. The newspaper used words that described Jack the Ripper to be more of an evil man/ woman than he is. If all the words were put together they would all to describe him as being a devil. The words used were the "maniac", "half beast, half man", "murderous maniac", "hideous malice, deadly cunning, insatiable thirst for blood", "mad homicide", "ghoul-like creature", "a Pawnee Indian", "simply drunk with blood" and "man-monster". It attracted so much attention because people wanted to know what Jack the Ripper looked like. The people of Whitechapel were so scared that they did not want to leave their house because of what the newspaper said. This point also shows how the newspaper is exploiting the murders by lying in the story so people will buy the newspaper. This also links with the last point in the last paragraph because of the exploiting of the murders and they both make the people panic. Another point that the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention was the whereabouts were the murders happened. The East End in 1888 was a dangerous place to be and most of the lower class lived there. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was never caught because there was people who saw the murder happen and never told the police. It attracted so much attention because it means he is still out there and anyone could be next. The people of Whitechapel were very scared and walked they around in couples and not walk on there own as they could be the next person to be killed by Jack the Ripper. In conclusion, the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888 because of the wounds that Jack the Ripper inflicted upon his victims and the way he did them intriguing the public. Another point were the letters that were sent to the newspapers which started the people of Whitechapel thinking about who they can trust and who they can't trust. Another point was the language used in the newspapers to show Jack the Ripper as being more of an evil man than he is. They portrayed the murders just to sell newspapers. Another point was the whereabouts the murders took place and about the people who lived there. The last point made was briefly about how Jack the Ripper was not caught. It is about the police not being able to catch him. By Leigh Clements ...read more.

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