Jack the Ripper - Media

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"Jack the Ripper" is the popular name given to a serial killer who killed a number of prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888. During this period of three months where 5 prostitutes were killed; each one had their throats cut then they were mutilated. The main reason this case has become famous is because it was the first widely broadcasted murdered with a gruesome act to killing the victims. The name originates from a letter written by someone who claimed to be the killer published at the time of the murders. The killings took place within a mile area and involved the district of Whitechapel. He was also called the Whitechapel Murderer and "Leather Apron." Through out this text I will be explaining ‘Did the media sensationalized the ripper murders purely for public appeal’. The media during the1800's was important but did not have quite the immediate impact that it has today. While there were newspapers at the time, most of the papers arrived in the outlying states and territories far too late to effect a change in government policy or public opinion. The Ripper murders mark an important division in the treatment of crime by journalists. While not the first serial killer, the Jack the Ripper's case was the first to create a worldwide media frenzy. Tax reforms in the 1850s had enabled the publication of inexpensive newspapers with wider circulation. (L. Perry, Jr. - 2001) These flourished later in the Victorian era to include mass-circulation of newspapers as cheap and inexpensive everyday products, along with the Illustrated Police News, which made the Ripper the recipient of previously matchless publicity. The media was originally built to tell the facts and the stories, the west end demographic was educated and comprehensive, meaning they could read write and understand what the papers were writing about. When the Whitechapel murders took place the media jumped on it and was reporting the truth but as the sales went up, the newspaper companies saw the...
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