Yours truly, Jack the Ripper

Essay by FenristhewolfHigh School, 10th gradeA-, April 2006

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In 1888 there was a string of murders in the London East End, near the White chapel region. By the end of the killing spree, (Which could have been as short as three months or as long as ten as few as five.), as many as nineteen women or as few as five would be dead at the hands of this serial killer. And yet this man was never caught, evidence was lost, and possible eye witnesses were never questioned. How did the police manage to conduct this investigation so badly? The number of victims is still in question today mainly because the press that Jack had gotten as a famous killer may have inspired copycat killers. In this report I will attempt to examine the rhyme and reason behind the grisly white chapel murders.

What made Jack the Ripper unique, why is he still famous today? By today's standards, the murder of 5 definite prostitutes isn't much, yet we know and fear (and report on) Jacks name and memory.

Was it his self appointed name, Jack the Ripper, which causes us to remember? Jack wasn't just the first serial killer that struck on a single uniform type of target, he struck on busy streets, on a bustling city center, and no person ever got a look at his face or ever saw these murders take place. Jack taunted police with letters and easy locations for them to capture him, but he was never even close to being caught.

One of the most memorable pieces of the Ripper case was the series of notes sent by Jack to the police, detailing the murders and taunting the police chief to find him if he could. Jack even went so fall in one of his notes to tell the police to...