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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 1888, a man nicknamed Jack the Ripper brutally murdered five prostitutes in Whitechapel, East London. These murders grasped the attention of the public and are still well known today as he was never caught. There were many things that contributed to the attraction of so much attention which I will now explain. One of the reasons that the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention was because of the victims and the location of these brutal murders. Whitechapel was a poor area in the East End of London, the streets were covered in excrement and blood, there were many alleyways and this made it easy for killers. Whitechapel was a cosmopolitan area full of cramped housing and the poor. ...read more.

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Most of Jack the Rippers victims were strangled and then arranged in a revolting way, Superintendent Arnold described the women as a "horrible and sickening sight... the poor women lay on her back completely naked. Her throat was cut from ear to ear, right down the the spinal chord." This was a type of killing that people had never witnessed before which caused a large increase in the attention towards the murders. The state of the victims created fear among many of Whitechapel's inhabitants which was escalated by the press. In my opinion, one of the most important factors that drew attention to the murders was the press coverage. As tabloid news papers were on the verge of stopping Jack the Ripped increased their sales and gave them something to write about. ...read more.

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The media created hatred of some people saying they failed to try and catch Jack the Ripper; Sir Charles Warren, the MET police commissioner in charge of the Jack the ripper case, was questioned over his ability to deal with the ripper, also Henry Mathews the home secretary didn't offer a public reward to find him. Overall the tabloid papers were against the police as they blamed them for not catching Jack the Ripper. A lot of papers also were also against Jews and said that a Jew was responsible for the killings of these prostitutes. There are many things contributing the large amount of attention in these murders. The fact that all the victims were prostitutes, or maybe the way that they were killed but by far the most significant factor that attracted so much attention towards these murders were the press. History Q2 28 May 2007 Henry Jones ...read more.

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