AP English IV
“Jack the Ripper”
Jack the Ripper was a notorious serial killer, whom some believe never even existed at all. From August to November 1888, Jack the Ripper terrorized the East End of London by being responsible for the death and mutilation of at least seven female prostitutes. The destitute East End is also known as the White Chapel district of London, England. A few of the prostitutes were targeted as they were leaving brothels in and around the White Chapel district. Jack the Ripper seemed to be targeting drunken women who had no sense of time or what they were doing (Jack the Ripper). Jack the Ripper is just a name given to an unidentified late 19th century murderer. No one actually knows who this person was or where he came from. There was evidence left at the scenes, but without modern tactics the police investigators had no use for the evidence (Jack the Ripper). He is said to have been the most famous serial killer of all time, although he is not the first or the last serial killer; the mystery surrounding who he is or where he came from has stumped many investigators, authors, and society in general throughout the years. Jack the ripper caused widespread panic to men, women, and children while terrorizing the East End; people were afraid to walk their dogs at night, or even go out during the day to the local market (Jack the Ripper). The Ripper appeared when there was a lot of political turmoil and both the liberals and social reformers, as well as the Irish Home rule partisans tried to use the crime for their own ends. Everyday the activities of the Ripper were chronicled; In the newspapers as were the results of the inquiries and the actions taken by the police. Even the feeling of the people living in the East End, and the editorials that attacked the various establishments of society made this series of murders a “new thing”, something that the world had never known before (Cutbush Files). The press is responsible...
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