Who was Jack the Ripper?
A case study into the treatment of Jewish migrants in Victorian London.
By Dayanna Ocaña Benavides.
Who Was Jack The Ripper?
Jack the Ripper is the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. The name originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer that was widely distributed in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax, and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. It is unclear just how many women jack the Ripper killed however it is generally accepted that he killed five, though some have written that he murdered only four while others say seven or more. The public, press, and even many junior police officers believed that the Ripper was responsible for nine slayings. The five that are generally accepted as the work of the Ripper are: Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride and Catharine Eddowes who was also murdered that same day. And Mary Jane Kelly.
These murders attracted many journalists and reporters who were quite biased at the time and so the wide spread anti-Semitism especially in white chapel. White chapel was full of Jews at the time and the attacks on the Jews started to increase after the tsar was killed by a Jew and so people started to see them in a bad light. This contributed to Newspapers making up many anti-semetistic claims towards the Jews. An example of a newspaper doing this was the observer which stated ‘no English man could have committed such a horrible crime...and so it must have been done by a Jew “This is accusing only Jewish people committing such terrible crimes like this one and that non Jews are more civilised than this.
Jill the ripper, prince Albert victor, William Gull, francis tumblety are just a few names of the suspect who are believed to...
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