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Jack the Ripper - Whitechapel in the 1880's.

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Introduction It was the month of August, the year of 1888, the destination of Whitechapel, a killer who got the name as Jack the Ripper for his horrifying murders. The name "Ripper" associated well with what he actually did to his victims, he didn't just murder them, he had to go further. He brutally murdered five women in the East End of London. The women he aimed at were around the age 40, apart from one of his victims, who were only 25 years of age. These victims were prostitutes that sold their body for money so that they could sleep inside in the warm for just one night. Well the five victims weren't so lucky on the nights they were murdered. Whitechapel in the 1880's It was mainly Jewish people who lived in the area of Whitechapel. This was because the rent for houses was very low, as the area had very bad living conditions. Also, few questions were asked about the Jews as well, so the Jews had another reason to be in the grotty area. The living conditions of Whitechapel during this time were terrible. "Filthy men and women living on gin, where collars and clean shirts are unknown; where every citizen wears a black eye and never combs his hair." This shows how both men and women drunk alcoholic drinks, well lived on the drink. This also shows how their shirts were always dirty and never washed and showed the average appearance of a man "wears a black eye...never combs his hair." There were these public houses called Doss Houses. The Doss houses provided overnight stay in the warm. Most of the room in these houses were rented out to single families at up to 8d per night. There was an average of seven people to a room, adults, sons and daughters would sleep on the floor. The only toilet facility in the house was outside the ground floor. ...read more.


She ask Preston to borrow his clothes brush but he has mislaid it. She then leaves passing by Thomas Bates, watchman at the lodging house who says she looked quite cheerful. Lane will later state that "I know the deceased had 6d when she left, she showed it to me, stating that the deputy had given it to her." 11:00 PM: Two laborers, J. Best of 82 Lower Chapham Street and John Gardner of 11 Chapham Street were going into the Bricklayer's Arms Public House on Settles street, north of Commercial and almost opposite Berner Street. As they went in Stride was leaving with a short man with a dark mustache and sandy eyelashes. The man was wearing a billycock hat, mourning suit and coat. Best says "They had been served in the public house and went out when me and my friends came in. It was raining very fast and they did not appear willing to go out. He was hugging and kissing her, and as he seemed a respectably dressed man, we were rather astonished at the way he was going on at the woman." Stride and her man stood in the doorway for some time hugging and kissing. The workmen tried to get the man to come in for a drink but he refused. They then called to Stride. "That's Leather Apron getting 'round you." The man and Stride moved off towards Commercial Road and Berner Street. "He and the woman went off like a shot soon after eleven." 11:45 PM: William Marshall, a laborer, sees her on Berner Street. He is standing in the doorway of 64 Berner Street on the west side of the street between Fairclough and Boyd Streets. He notices her talking to a man in a short black cutaway coat and sailor's hat outside number 63. They are kissing and carrying on. He hears the man say "You would say anything but your prayers." 12:00 AM: Matthew Packer claims to sell Stride and a man grapes. ...read more.


In 1907, Britain's Court of Criminal Appeal was introduced, primarily as a result the Maybrick case. In 1918, Florie was financially destitute and moved to Connecticut for employment as a housekeeper. The following year she purchased a small tract of land in Gaylordsville and had a three room cottage built. By this time, Florie used her maiden name of Chandler in hopes it might help maintain her privacy. Although she seems to have enjoyed a certain level of anonymity in Connecticut, she became increasingly reclusive. Locally, she was known as the "Cat Lady". On October 23rd, 1941, Florence Elizabeth Chandler Maybrick was found dead at the age of 79. The report of her death once again made front page news one last time. She was buried in South Kent, Connecticut. The story of James Maybrick was not associated with the Ripper case until the emergence of the diary in 1992. While the authenticity of the journal may be hotly debated, it nonetheless has yet to be proven a forgery. Whether it is real or a fake, it maintains remarkable constancy with the known facts. The diary also introduces what some would call startling evidence to support its authenticity. In my opinion, I think Whitechapel could have produced somebody capable of committing these gruesome murders. I think this because the person who was Jack the Ripper may have known that there was serious lack of policing. For instance, one minute, they could have been in the metropolitan police force area, and then they side step left, and they are in the city's police force area. There was also a lack of forensic evidence. For example, a butcher could have killed someone, and know one would have known if the blood on his apron was from an animal, of a person. Whitechapel was a very dirty place during the 1800's and there was many dark alleys that any one could have dragged a victim in there and brutally slaughtered them, like Jack the Ripper did. ...read more.

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