Was Jack the Ripper a Social Reformer? Essay

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Was Jack the Ripper a Social Reformer?
Introduction
Jack the Ripper’s identity still remains unknown, even after a century his identity still remains unknown even after killing five poor prostitutes in 19th Century Britain. His murders, all violent showed some knowledge on anatomy but some doctors insist that no knowledge was used while in the process of dissecting the victims’ bodies. He terrified the eastern part of London but what we can say is that he was a social reformer. His murders attracted so much media attention because media was growing meanwhile with these happenings British government had to place laws to improve conditions for everyone.
Section One:
London in the 19th Century was very poor. There was the rich part,
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At the time, media was growing with tabloids and with cheap newspapers everyone would have access to read these newspapers with media pressure a lot of cartoons appeared blaming the police such as the picture below, but really the police are not to blame because we know that they tried with all their resources to actually catch the killer.
What this cartoon shows/ reflects is the point of view of the people living in Whitechapel the blame the police for being “blind” and not catch the killer. This is valuable to an historian because this shows a different point of view instead of an historic point of view we have a community’s point of view.
Later on, the police received several letter which are known as “Dear Boss Letters” known really knows weather if these letters are real or not but what people know is that the person who wrote them wrote stated that the next murder he would do he would cut the persons ears and he would send it to the police because he had previously had sent a liver. The grammar of the letters showed a minimum knowledge for basic letters but if it was on purpose still remains a mystery.

Section Three: At the time of the Jack the Ripper murders media was also helping to improve social conditions with tabloids and pamphlets. As a normal newspaper was very expensive or very little people would have access to it. With tabloids, cheap

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