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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? There are many reasons why the Whitechapel Murders attracted so much attention in 1888. Jack the Ripper to this day is still known as the biggest, most notorious serial killer in the world. The nature of the murders were what sparked off all the attention that Jack the Ripper received. The Ripper mutilated his victims, each of the murders becoming more and more horrifying then the one before. The increase in the number and regular continuation of deaths of the women still did not help the police to catch the culprit, and this made the public even more interested in the case. The fact that the police were ineffective and had no way of finding out who the killer was particularly as the murderer had no motive made the case even more thrilling. ...read more.


For this reason and for the fact that the murders were horrifying and unique were why the rich were interested in the 'Whitechapel Murderer' case. Finally, since foreigners especially Jews who tended to be poor had to keep an interest as they were blamed for everything terrible in those times and had to keep track of the story of the killings for their own safety. However, many violent mob fights did take place as Jack the Ripper caused the city to panic and to go on a man hunt. The main factor during that time that attracted a lot of attention towards the murders was the press. The murders coincided with the rise of the tabloid press. As the rise of the tabloids were just beginning these papers had to be unique to the broadsheets. These new type of newspapers began to describe the murders in horrific detail and with gruesome images. ...read more.


Also, the letter was not sent to a press office like the other letters were but to Mr George Lusk who was the chairman of the Vigilance Committee; a group of citizens who searched for the killer (similar to a neighbourhood watch). Thus, this letter had the highest possibility of being a letter from the Ripper himself. The Radical press wanted to improve conditions in the poor areas of London so they used these murders as the perfect opportunity to express their views. For example, as the local elections were approaching the failings of the police gave the press the opportunity to attack the Police Force about the conditions in Whitechapel and its surrounding areas. In conclusion, after understanding all the reasons why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in 1888 it is apparent why Jack the Ripper is the most eminent known serial killer to this day. ?? ?? ?? ?? Saagar Kotecha 10SZ 1 ...read more.

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