Jack the Ripper
This is a brief review of the Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in London more than a
hundred years ago. Much of the original evidence gathered at the time has been lost, and
many "facts" are actually opinions by the various writers who have written about the case
during the past century. Many aspects of the case are therefore contested, and so what
follows is a summation of the case in general. There are many books available to the
student of crime who wishes to grapple with the many mysteries associated with the
"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. 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 districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields,
Aldgate, and the City of London proper. He was also called the Whitechapel Murderer and
Significance and Importance
Jack the Ripper has remained popular for a lot of reasons. He was not the first serial killer,
but he was probably the first to appear in a large metropolis at a time when the general
populace had become literate and the press was a force for social change. The Ripper also
appeared when there were tremendous political turmoil and both the liberals and social
reformers, as well as the Irish Home rule partisans tried to use the crimes for their own
ends. Every day 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 feelings of the
people living in the East End, and the...
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