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Why did the Whitechapel murders get so much attention?

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Why did the White Chapel murders get so much attention? A series of murders occurred in 1888 where five prostitutes were brutally murdered by a serial killer in White Chapel. These murders attracted the attention of the press, the public, the police and the queen. The serial killer was known as 'Leather Apron' and 'Jack the ripper', but his true identity has never been found. The area of White Chapel at the time of the murders was violent, notorious for prostitutes and theft. Prostitutes walked the streets at night, which made Jack the Ripper's life easy for him to murder and get away with it. He was the first serial killer that attracted attention because this was the first time someone had killed several people in a row without being caught. Further more Jack the ripper has never been caught. The first victim for the serial killer was Mary Ann Nichols also known as Polly was discovered in the early morning of Friday 31st August 1888, on the ground in front of a gated stable entrance in Buck's Row. Buck's Row was a back street in White Chapel about two hundred yards from London hospital. Nobody in the nearby streets or the residents in the houses heard or saw anything suspicious. She had five teeth missing, bruising to her face and two deep gashes to her throat which nearly cut her head off completely. ...read more.


Her nose was cut off and the skin on both sides of her cheeks was in a triangle shape flapping off. Again like Annie Chapman's murder he took Eddowes vagina, ovaries and kidney. The fifth and final murder was of Mary Jane Kelly on the 9th November in her own room of 13 Miller's Court. She had a boyfriend, Joseph Barnet who was a market worker; Kelly took to prostitution to pay for the rent of the 12-foot square room. A very well dressed man in an expensive coat and white gloves approached her at one o'clock. George Banwell, who was concerned about the welfare of Kelly in the hands of this man, he followed them for thirty minutes but he was cold and tired so stopped and went off. By nine in the morning Thomas Bowey went to collect the rent but found the door was locked and he thought she was hiding from him. He went in to the side alley and looked through window, the horrific sight made him smash the door down. When the police walked in to her room they slid due to the amount of blood on the floor. Kelly's flesh was on the bedside table and flesh was removed from her throat and knees up to thighs. ...read more.


A popular image of the killer as a 'shabby genteel' man in dark clothing, slouch hat and carrying a shiny black bag was also beginning to gain currency. The press, especially the recent tabloid papers, were having a field day. They also sent hoax letters in to the police when the need to write something about Jack the ripper started to die down. Initially, by publishing letters on the subject, the press alerted the public to the British government's policy of refusing to subsidize a reward for information on the murders. The police attracted attention to the murders as they leafleted 80,000 homes. They also interviewed 2,000 people about the murders and accused many for being the renowned 'Jack the Ripper'. Some of the police force used to dress and act like prostitutes in the hope of them being a target for Jack and then being able to catch him. This never worked, as Jack did not target the men that were dressed up. In conclusion, the Press attracted the most attention towards the murders as they were just beginning. The press wrote about the murders in graphic detail and to the extreme just so that they got attention so that people would buy their newspaper. The hoax letters that were written by the press also attracted attention for the press as it kept the story alive and from getting boring. The police also contributed to attracting attention but not as much as the newspapers. ...read more.

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