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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 Jack the Ripper started a series of murders in Whitechapel. We found that all these murders were linked, not only were they all prostitutes but the mutilations done to them were horrific. The fact that they were all murder was bad enough but the horrific nature of them was unbelievable. For example Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols' throat was slit from ear to ear, her body was ripped open from thorax to the abdominal and after death she sustained other abdominal injuries. Jack the Ripper even took the skin off some of his victims. No one had ever heard anything like this before, the nature of these attacks was inhumanly and extremely grim. ...read more.

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Of course when this came out Leather Apron went into hiding probably because he thought everyone else would think it was him because of the description. The second murder was committed and three days later Leather Apron was arrested. Leather Apron otherwise known as John Pizer was found to have alibis for both of the murders and so was not convicted for them. One of the big things the press was fueled by was the letters. Many letters were written to people, places but most of these were treated as hoaxes. As was a letter received by the Central News Agency on the 27th September at first. The police had this letter produced on posters and put in newspapers which then made its name as the 'Dear Boss' letter, written in red ink, most likely to signify blood, and was the first time the name 'Jack the Ripper' was used. ...read more.

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They even thought that Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Edward Victor, was a suspect but at the time he had alibis for all the murders apart from Mary Kelly. On the 30th September he was actually having dinner with his grandmother. Queen Victoria had to go and stand in the witness box to prove that he was not guilty. I suppose we will never know who the serial killer really was, but what caught most people's attention was the puzzle of it all, the way he carried out all of these murders and if he did it what's stopping someone else? How could one man murder all of these people and get away with it? Richard Hughes 10T 14/05/06 ...read more.

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