Jack The Ripper And Lizzie Borden

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Karis Kennedy
American Lit
Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden
A serial killer can be defined as “a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern.” (McGraw-Hill) While there have always been serial killers, the 1880’s had some of the most significant. Two of the most notorious were “Jack the Ripper” and Lizzie Borden. While neither were convicted for their crimes, they will both go down in history as some of the world’s most brutal killers.
In Whitechapel, London in 1888, an insane serial killer roamed the streets who became known as the “Whitechapel Butcher.” (Jones) No one knows who actually did it so over the years the murderer
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ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn 't you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife 's so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.
Yours truly
Jack the Ripper
Dont mind me giving the trade name
PS Wasnt good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it No luck yet. They say I 'm a doctor now. ha ha.” (Ryder) The officials were never sure if it was actually him but two days later they discovered the next victim with her ear chopped off. Due to his impeccable work, it was never traced back to a specific individual and the case has forever been unsolved, titling him as one of the most notorious serial killers of all time.
“Lizzie Borden had an axe, She gave her mother 40 whacks, When she saw what she had done she gave her father 41.” (biography.com) Lizzie was born on July 19, 1860 in Fall River Massachusetts. (Editors, Biography.com) On August 4, 1892, her life changed forever. The day went on like any other until the family maid, Bridget Sullivan, heard Lizzie screaming that her father, Andrew Borden, was murdered. About a half hour later a neighbor had come to console Lizzie and her siblings when it was discovered their step mother, Abby Borden, had been murdered on the second floor of the home. After she was examined it was concurred that Abby had been killed more than ninety
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