Why did the Whitechapel Murders attract so much attention in 1888?

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History Q2                28 May 2007

Why did the Whitechapel Murders attract so much attention in 1888?

        In 1888, a man nicknamed Jack the Ripper brutally murdered five prostitutes in Whitechapel, East London. These murders grasped the attention of the public and are still well known today as he was never caught. There were many things that contributed to the attraction of so much attention which I will now explain.

        One of the reasons that the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention was because of the victims and the location of these brutal murders. Whitechapel was  a poor area in the East End of London, the streets were covered in excrement and blood, there were many alleyways and this made it easy for killers. Whitechapel was a cosmopolitan area full of cramped housing and the poor.  In 1888 there were around 1200 prostitutes, easy targets for a killer. Upper class were very interested by Jack the Ripper and amazed at the way that people lived. One upper class person said

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“Here are seven people living in one underground kitchen and a little dead child lying in the same room” They were horrified by this and so when these brutal killing started happening they were desperate to find out about them.

        The way that Jack the Ripper killed his victims was one of the main reasons that attracted attention to the murder's. Murder wasn't really well known in these times, especially in the form of Jack the Rippers murders. The only thing that upper class really knew about murders was from what they had seen in the many sensational plays ...

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