Jack The Ripper Thesis

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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 disseminated 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. Other nicknames for the killer were The Whitechapel murderer and the Leather Apron. Attacks typically involved female prostitutes from the slums. The large number of attacks against women in the East End during this era adds uncertainty to how many victims were killed…show more content…
The Ripper slashed the throat of Elizabeth Stride, 45, only a few minutes before she was found, then disemboweled Catherine Eddowes less than an hour afterward. Stride was found, still warm, in a poorly-lit court around 1:00 A.M. near the raucous late-night partying of a gentlemen's club. Those who found her moved her and saw a lot of blood on the cobblestones. Her throat had been cut, and as the police searched for someone wearing bloody clothing, they heard about a second murder in Mitre Square, Catherine Eddowes. It seemed that the killer had completed with her what had been interrupted with Stride. The setting was a place of high risk, as the Square had three separate entrances and a night watchman on duty. In addition, a police officer lived in a house near where Eddowes was left and every fifteen minutes, the Square was patrolled. The officer had walked through at 1:30 A.M. and the place was empty. Fifteen minutes later, he came across Eddowes, on her back with her left leg extended and her right…show more content…
The first four victims Mary Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were killed and found outdoors in the Whitechapel area; then he changed his MO by killing and leaving the fifth victim Mary Kelly, indoors. By choosing to murder Kelly indoors, the killer demonstrated that he was an experienced night time cat burglar and stalker, as he attacked all his victims in the early morning hours when dawn was

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