Jack the Ripper
26th, July 2012
Jack the Ripper On a late evening over a hundred years ago, a serial killer started his spree of slayings, which would end up being one of the most talked about unsolved killings to this date. By typical philosophies, the eerie slayer who terrified the gloomy streets of London’s East End was nothing compared to serial killers of the present time. How could this one person fascinate a large number of individuals, since there have been far more disturbing serial killers over the years? It could be that over a century has passed and the killings have gone unsolved. It could also be the type of individual he slayed, how he did it, or the many theories on who did it and why. The area known as the East End, the district neighboring Whitechapel, was a frightening and remotely mysterious area that was just north of the Tower of London. Jobs were limited and sickness ran uncontrolled through the city, that being said, women turned to prostitution to survive. These women in dire circumstances resorted to turning cheap tricks in order to support themselves, even in some cases to support their families (Douglas&Olshaker 22-23). It was from this class the murderer chose his victims (Rubinstein 11).
The predator went on a spree from August 31st, 1888 to November 9th, 1888 killing five prostitutes: Mary Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catharine Eddowes, and Mary Kelly. He slashed the women’s throat and dismembered them. The last victim was disfigured so horrifically that she was beyond identification, and a convincing likelihood of cannibalism (Rubinstein 10-11). Even though unease settled over Scotland Yard, London in its entirety, including the East End, was not overly concerned about the murders (Douglas&Olshaker 28).
The East End was running rampant with speculation on who committed the killings. One of the utmost widespread ideas came from the leather apron discovered by Annie’s
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