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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 the Jack the Ripper murders caused chaos in the town of Whitechapel. Nothing like this had ever happened before. People wanted to know who was dissecting women on the streets. The murdered women Polly Nicholls, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Kelly and Annie Chapman were all prostitutes looking for work in the Whitechapel area at the times they were murdered. The first supposed victim of Jack the Ripper was Martha Tabram even though her murder on the 6th of August was not as brutal as the ones committed later on; it is thought the murder was the beginning of Jack the Ripper. Martha Tabram was found dead in George Yard in Whitechapel. She had been stabbed a total of 39 times in the body, neck and private parts. This made the people of Whitechapel become on edge. They were scared. Twenty five days after Martha Tabram was murdered, at about 4am a resident of Whitechapel was walking through Bucks row when he saw a woman lying on the floor with her skirts around her waist. He thought she was drunk and called another man to help wake her up and get her to her feet, but they could not wake her so they went to the police station. Before they got back a policeman saw they woman and using the light of his lantern he saw her throat was slit and she was covered in blood. ...read more.

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I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I can't use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha ha the next job I do I shall clip the lady's ears off and send them to police officers just for jolly wouldn't you. Keep this letter back till I do a little more work then give it out straight. My knifes so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck. Yours truly Jack the Ripper P.S Wasn't good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it. No lick yet. They say im a doctor now. After the next murders the letter was taken seriously because it confirmed some minor details in the letter. On the 30th of September another body was found just after midnight. A man named Louis Diemschutz found the female. He was returning to the working men's club in Dutfield Yard off Berner Street driving his horse and cart when he saw a woman on the ground, he struck a match and saw she was dead. He found police constable Henry Lamb. This murder was very different though. The deceased skirts were not raised and there was no sign of struggle. There was only one wound on her body which was a slit on her throat cutting her windpipe completely in two. ...read more.

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People were fascinated and wanted to know every detail about the killer and killings. After the first murder 'The Star' published an article saying the killer was Jewish. People became very distant from Jews and began to dislike them. There was no evidence to prove this accusation. After the death of Annie Chapman the witness said the man looked like a foreigner. This made the newspapers print the killer must be a Jew. When the letters were received the interest in the killings increased rapidly. The name Jack the Ripper was known everywhere because he was in every paper they. The papers would make up stories if they had to just to keep selling the papers. This was the first story the papers ever published that everyone wanted to read. The public was extremely interested in who Jack the Ripper was because everyone had their own opinion of what he looked like and what he wore. They wanted to see the face behind the name. The witnesses described the murderer in totally different ways for example Elizabeth Long saw a dark complexioned men with a deer stalker hat and he looked over forty. William Marshall says the man was middle aged with a round cap with a peak. Some witnesses didn't even see a hat. One man saw two people with the deceased. People not only wanted to know who was committing these brutal murders but they wanted to know who Jack the Ripper was but they never found out. ...read more.

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