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Jack the Ripper, perhaps the most infamous murderer of all time, known as a killer, inhuman and most of all a legend.

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Jack the Ripper, perhaps the most infamous murderer of all time, known as a killer, inhuman and most of all a legend. This tale still exists today as one of the most mysterious cases of all time and indeed one of the cruellest. The reason why 'Jack the Ripper' is still a legendary case which still arouses a great deal of attention is due to a number of things. One of them was the nature of the crimes. The Jack the Ripper murders all occurred in the East End of London - a place shunned economically and socially as a corrupt region of poverty. The above map is a Charles Booth's map of the poverty in London, 1889. The green squares shows where the murders (including some of the alleged murders) transpired. The darkest areas are where there was the most crime, poverty and where most of the Jack the Ripper victims befell their deaths. The Metropolitan police estimated that there were 1200 prostitutes in Whitechapel alone. The murders of the five poor women happened during the autumn of England 1888 from late August to early November. The Whitechapel murders were not, in fact, all of Jack the Ripper's work. The five 'genuine' murders were the murders of these five women: These five women were all brutally murdered in a similar fashion which was recognised as the Ripper's work. ...read more.


The mutilation done to the bodies is also a notable detail for linking the women. Each woman was disfigured after death by the killer. Mary Jane Kelly, the youngest and last of the recognized Ripper victims was perhaps the one who suffered the most mutilation to the corpse. Part of her body, such as the kidneys, intestines, breasts were cut from her body and places in various parts of the room she was found in. Her face was horrendously disfigured beyond recognition and her bed completely saturated in her own blood. In the 19th century, the media and press was a new invention, still in its early stages. In the autumn of 1888, the press became wild with the news of Jack the Ripper. Despite the fact that the attacks were confined to a small area of London's East End, it provoked a nation-wide panic due to the press coverage and uproar they created. The Whitechapel murders were the first ever serial murder case which was publicised on a nation-wide scale and it was a known fact that violence, especially violence of a sexual theme, sold newspapers - it still does today. On the 27th September of 1888, the Central News Agency, received a letter from 'Jack the Ripper'. Believing it was a hoax, the editors did not send it to the police for a couple of days. ...read more.


Another was that Jack the Ripper was actually a doctor or someone with medical experience. This conclusion could be well backed up by the fact that the mutilations were so precisely done, that the killer must have had some sort of anatomy knowledge. The murders (including the alleged ones) also created a public outcry, in the short time it had persisted. The public was outraged at the thought of such gruesome murders taking place so close to them. There were riots due to the lack of work done by the police to catch the Ripper. After the double event of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, people feared to roam the streets of London after dark - in fact, the streets of Whitechapel were completely bare. Trade in this area dropped because of the fear and suspicion in the district. There was even one attempt to lure the Ripper by dressing a police officer in prostitute clothes. Of course, the attempt was not effective, as there were no women on the police force, and the poor man was criticised by the press. After the murder of Mary Jane Kelly, the public became even more wary and scared, because Kelly was murdered in the comfort of her own home. People thought that the murders on the streets was one thing - they could avoid the streets, but with a murder indoors... the panic spread even more. Fortunately, it seemed as though the Ripper had stopped his attacks and all was safe... Question 2: Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888? Lena Tran 11A ...read more.

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