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Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention in 1888? There are many reasons for which the Whitechapel murders and Jack the ripper became famous. One of which being the nature of the crimes. The nature of the crimes was horrific and was done in a unique way. All the victims were prostitutes and they were attacked because they were the most vulnerable and went around alone at night. Also most of the crimes were done in the same area. These two things showed that there was a small pattern in how and who was murdered. The problems were that none of the murder scenes showed any evidence to show who might be the criminal. The murders were done and repeated again but the police were no where near to finding out who the murderer was. This attracted a lot of attention to the area. Also, this was a huge challenge for the police because they did not know what a serial killer was and the crime was completely new to them. The police had only had a basic training and law and enforcement had only started to come into action. However, one of the things that attracted the attention was how the victims were murdered. The way the victims were murdered was completely different from any other crime at the time. ...read more.


The right arm was slightly abducted from the body and rested on the mattress. The elbow was bent, the forearm supine with the fingers clenched. The legs were wide apart, the left thigh at right angles to the trunk and the right forming an obtuse angle with the pubes. The whole of the surface of the abdomen and thighs was removed and the abdominal cavity emptied of its viscera. The breasts were cut off, the arms mutilated by several jagged wounds and the face hacked beyond recognition of the features. The tissues of the neck were severed all round down to the bone. This showed that the criminal had an obsession with the way he killed the victims because he had ripped of pieces of all the bodies and he had left without a trace. However, the main point was that he killed the victims in a very horrendous way that no one else used. Even with the way the victims were murdered, the attention to the murders was exacerbated by the role of the media as they publicised the news out to all the public. In fact, the biggest source of attention was probably caused by the media as they publicised the news of the killings to all the public using newspapers. ...read more.


At the hype was the time that the panic was at its height and the dishonour of the murders was becoming international, appearing in newspapers from Europe to the Americas. Even at this early stage the newspapers were carrying theories as to the identity of the killer, including doctors, slaughterers, sailors, and lunatics of every description. 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 money. The press, especially the promising sensationalist papers, were having a good day. With no Whitechapel murders in October there was still plenty to write about. There were dozens of arrests of suspects "on suspicion" (usually followed by quick release); there was a police house to house search and Vigilance Committee members and private detectives flooded the streets. The reputation of Whitechapel was bad already even before Jack the ripper started his case. This was very important in the history of Whitechapel. The history of Whitechapel was rather bad as it was known well for having a bad background and environment becoming a criminal. For my conclusion, I think that most of the attention came from the role of the media because most of the tension was created from the media because of the way they chose the way to write the papers out. This caused a lot of tension and excitement for the public. ...read more.

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