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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 East End of London was being terrorised by a serial killer. This serial killer was one of a kind, and would later turn out to be the most famous serial killer of all time. In the ten weeks succeeding the 31st of August 1888, five poor East End prostitutes were brutally murdered at night. Not only had their throats been cut, but also in the case of four of the victims, their bodies had been horrifically mutilated. All the attacks occurred during the dark evenings, and all in the proximity of London's East End streets, where "Jack" performed his activities in the darkened alleys and alcoves. All these murders took place within 1 mile of each other, all five murders taking place in the Whitechapel, Aldgate or Spitalfeilds area. Naturally, the horrific murders of five prostitutes created hordes of public interest, not just in Whitechapel but also all over London. One of the reasons that so much public attention was attracted to the murders was because of the type of place Whitechapel was. At the time cities were very big and people that moved to Britain from other countries were very mistrusted. ...read more.

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This increased fear among the people. When 'leather apron' was a suspect, the media reinforced the fear by publishing details of the man, about his physical appearance, and if the suspects that were being interrogated by the police were anything like the descriptions published. Many stories published by the papers were of things that were made up, the descriptions of the people that apparently saw the 'Ripper'; they did this just to keep the focus on the murders and to raise the increasing public attention. The media gave all the details of the crimes. Newspapers published everything, like the way the bodies were left, to the degree of mutilation inflicted upon the victims. All these articles were published with inaccurate information, often going over the top with the gory details. Another reason that the Ripper Murders of 1888 attracted so much attention was because of the victims. Everything about their lifestyles, and their jobs as prostitutes was interesting and very compelling. The reason that all the other people who lived in London were interested was because all the victims of the 'Ripper' murders were prostitutes. It seemed that 'Jack' had something against prostitutes or women, to go around and cut them into shreds. ...read more.

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The evidence they had was worthless, and there were to many false leads and interferences in the case for the police to close the case with the true murderer. I think that the most important reason why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in 1888 was the media. It was through the media that so many people heard about the murders in the first place, and the papers played on the fear that people had by reporting to the best of their ability all the gory details to try to sell the most papers. The media went all out to print details of how the bodies were found, and this was printed in the Daily Express. "It is therefore desirable to state that the parts removed were in a certain portion of the abdominal wall, including the navel; two thirds of the bladder (posterior and upper portions); the upper third of the vagina and its connection with the uterus; and the whole of the uterus." The reason that is would attract so much attention is because of the amount of mutilation that had been inflicted by the killer. Some people find it interesting when descriptions of murdered victims are released, and this makes readers tend to want to read more. COURSEWORK Why Did The Whitechapel Murders Attract So Much Attention In 1888.doc? Ashley Breed Page 1 5/9/2007 ...read more.

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