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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 am going to be talking about why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention. I will be talking about why people were, and still are interested buy jack the ripper and why the media promoted the incident. There are numerous reasons of why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention. Firstly one reason was the nature of the murders; no one had ever seen or heard about such violent, savage attacks, this intrigued the community, making them want to know more. People heard about the extent to which the victims were harmed and suspense grew with every time the murderer got away, nobody knew if or when the killer would strike again! The interest in the murders grew with each attack, because of the frequent continuation of the killing and the failure of the police catching the culprit. ...read more.


The wealthy citizens also took an interest in the murders, but where mesmerized by the fact that they were not being murdered for their fortune and only poor people were being killed. The reason for this could have been because of the conditions of Whitechapel. Whitechapel was a poor, dark, dirty and unprotected area. Whereas the wealthy areas of London were well lit, clean, and are regularly patrolled by police officers, so it would have been harder for the ripper to manipulate the area and get away so undetected. The main reason why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention is because of the media. At the time of the murders tabloid newspapers where becoming increasingly popular and everybody wanted fresh new, intriguing stories and the murders gave them that. The stamp act of 1855 lowers the cost of news papers, this increased the target audience of newspapers as they were available to the pooper community. ...read more.


Jack the Ripper was also thought to of been a Jew as many Jews fled from Russia to escape pogroms. These theories also attracted a huge amount of attention, which made everybody suspicious of local butchers, Jews and even doctors. The press did not want the story to die down, so to prevent this many newspapers attracted more attention by forging fake letter, claimed to have been written by the killer himself, but most of them where fabricated by the press. These letters were known as the 'Dear Boss' letter and the infamous 'From Hell' letter, both where an enormous overstatement of who Jack the Ripper was and what he was like. In conclusion, the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention because of the sickening nature of the murders and the gruesome injuries sustained by the victims of 'Jack the Ripper'. But the primary reason for the attraction was no doubt because of the media, who greatly intensified the situation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Liam Lott ...read more.

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