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Why did the Whitechapel Murders attract so much attention in 1888? In 1888, Whitechapel became a crime scene of the Jack the Ripper murders. There were five violent murders, where five prostitutes aged from 25 to 47 were brutally slaughtered where the murderer named 'Jack the Ripper' got away with these murders. These murders attracted the attention of the public and the press. The reasons for why the ripper murders attracted so much attention are listed below. Whitechapel held more than 200 lodging houses, which could sleep almost 9000 people. Whitechapel was overcrowded and most of the people who lived there were poor. The Metropolitan Police Force estimated that there were 1200 prostitutes in Whitechapel and many more women who took clients from time to time to supplement their weekly earnings. Middle class men entered Whitechapel because of the high percentage of prostitution and were in search of prostitutes. Unemployment was high and there were a lot of pickpockets and riots. Most crimes that happened were all petty crimes therefore the police hadn't had to deal with such serious crimes until Jack the Ripper. Communication was so basic in those times but news of Jack the Ripper spread world-wide. Jack the Ripper became the first serial killer to be known about throughout the whole Britain, this is one reason it attracted so much attention. The police had no idea they were dealing with a serial killer, and would not have known what a serial killer was. Nobody in Whitechapel, or in Britain as a whole, had any idea of what they were dealing with when Polly Nicholls was murdered, the first victim of the Ripper murders. ...read more.

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The police decided to accept the evidence of Dr Phillips and so did not use the evidence from the three witnesses. This attracted attention because the police did not no what they were doing and still didn't have any clues to who the ripper was. These two murders led to hundreds of letters to newspapers claiming to be from the murderer. Mostly all these are now believed to be fakes, but they brought the murders to the attention of the public. Reports of the killings appeared to the USA and in Canada. The murders had a dramatic effect on Whitechapel. Streets were almost deserted. Newspapers publicised the murders and local people sent a lot of information to the police about anybody whose behaviour was in the slightest way unusual. A lot of attention focused on the Jewish community in the East End. This resulted partly from Elizabeth Long's statement that the man seen talking to Annie Chapman looked like a foreigner. Things in Whitechapel were almost back to normal. A committee was formed by business men, mostly Jewish, and the MP for Whitechapel, Simon Montagu, he was also Jewish, offered a reward for the killer. On September 11th, police arrested John Pizer 'Leather Apron' a suspect of the murder for Polly Nicholls. Everything seemed to be fine for another couple of weeks. But the a letter was received by the Central News Agency on 27th September, it was treated as a hoax at first, like other letters but after the next murder, police had it reproduced on posters and newspapers. ...read more.

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She described him as in his thirties, had a moustache, dark over coat and a dark hat. At 2.30am on Friday morning, Sarah Lewis saw a man near Miller's Court. Just before 2.00am she heard a women shriek 'murder'. The horrific ness of this murder attracted more attention, no one could believe that some could do such a thing or could Whitechapel have produced somebody capable of committing these crimes. The murder of Mary Kelly led to still more police patrols and also to outbreaks of mob violence against any suspicious individuals. These murders were so horrifying and talked about even the Queen showed concern at what was going on, she said that the police weren't doing enough. All evidence suggests that Jack the Ripper struck at random, this attracted attention because no one knew who was going to be next. He worked so quickly that his victims were unable to even put up any sort of a fight. He was entirely cold-blooded, completely ruthless and clearly some sort of sexual psychopath. That is why these murders attracted so much attention. Even today murderers who work like this are very difficult to catch. After talking about everything above that attracted so much attention to the ripper murders, it seems because of the press, telling people how gruesome these murders were, news spread quickly with each murder. The lack of clues attracted the publics' attention because it showed how clever he was; also the fact that he was never caught drew attention. The Ripper murders have been talked about ever since; people still try to work out who did these disgusting crimes and attention is still drawn to them today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katharine Brown. 10D ...read more.

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