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Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention?

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Why did the Whitechapel murders attract so much attention? In this essay I will be analysing the reason why Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in the 19th century. It was the smaller percentage of crime - violent crime, which received the most attention from the people of London and later the majority of the country. During the 19th century, the rare happenings of the Whitechapel murders ended up attracting a considerable amount of attention from the people of London. One of the major reasons that the murders became so popular is due to the modus operandi practised by Jack the Ripper. This is due to Jack the Ripper's strategically and precisely planned way of murdering his victims - he began by strangling his victims before cutting their throats, mutilating them, and removing their internal organs. ...read more.

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Inevitably this lead to the civilians becoming worried with fear, after all a serial killer was on the loose and his next victim was unknown. They were much more upset due to the fact that they felt insecure and doubted the efforts of the police. Furthermore, divisions of social classes in 19th century London also added to the interest of the media, for The Ripper would only prey on the alcoholics - namely the prostitutes having to work the streets to survive and feed their addiction, there would be a high chance that if they heard a prostitute crying for help it would be likely that citizens would take notice- think it was a waste of time to go help them. However the fact that it was continuously the prostitutes of the streets that felt Jack the Ripper's wrath turned him into a serial killer and made the public think that there was clearly something about the low-life's that they were not seeing. ...read more.

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Thus, I gather that the media's involvement in "spicing up" stories and overall sensationalising them could have been the major reason for such interest to the Whitechapel murders, not only then but throughout history. I personally believe that Jack the Ripper's modus operandi combined with the role of the press - gave the press the chance to emphasize the murders because of it being so out-of-the-ordinary. The conditions of Whitechapel helped Jack the Ripper's modus operandi because of the maze-like streets, and more so the conditions of Whitechapel made victims more vulnerable targets and added to the common drunkenness and blind eye put to prostitutes. Altogether, these were the main reasons behind why the Whitechapel murders became so popular and they are all equally important in attracting the attention of the eager media. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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