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The Murders of Jack the Ripper

The notorious Jack the Ripper left many, if not all of east Londonersliving in trepidation and fear. Speculations began flying around likea flock of pigeons, and soon all of London was playing Chinesewhispers. The printing machines were left hot from the many newspapersbeing printed, its head lines containing with big, bold writing; Jackthe Ripper at it again. Well known for his terrible and gruesomeattack on women, his mutilations of the body was certainly jawdropping and utterly horrific. Yet with such an over crowded city andthe population increase in the east end, how can one man grab theattention of thousands? Influenced

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In London 1888, it was a city of rags as well as the riches. Thepopulation was increasing due to the great business opportunities inLondon at the time. The poorer became even more poor than usual andwomen had no choice but to resort themselves to using their assets totheir advantage. Prostitution became a well known self employment, asthousands of women deduced or forced out of starvation sunk as low asselling themselves. Here Jack the Ripper comes to the equation. Withthe ‘network of narrow, dark and crooked lanes’, Jack the Ripperattacked his first victim Marry Ann Nicholls on Friday 31st August.The intensity and ‘effort’ put into the murder shocked the localterribly. The brutal mutilations were like no other that London hadseen, with this the whole nation were woken to reality.

After the many inhumane, revolting and horrific murders taking placeit became very clear that these women were known locally and were allworking as prostitutes, and as a large…

…ty to get away with such wild andextreme actions grabbed the headlines, and the headlines grabbed thepeople’s attention. In conclusion I believe that the newspapercaptured the minds of citizens in London as well as the photo’s, yetin a rational or irrational way is a thought to ponder on. The type ofattention that was influenced by the newspaper was perhaps moreexaggerated than it really was, or was it as horrific as it was saidto be? What we do know is that both the skills of Jack the Ripper,being the first known serial killer and never being caught integratesa lot with press. If there was to be no media coverage it would havenot attracted so many people across the country yet if there was to beno gruesome attacks or skilful mutilations there would be nothing tocapture. One does not work without the other.

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