Essay about Why the Whitechapel Murders Attracted so Much Attention

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Why the Whitechapel Murders Attracted so Much Attention

In this question I will be studying the various reasons why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in 1888. This will focus on the Ripper victims and their own personal backgrounds, the murders and the similarities including the fact that they became more increasingly violent, the extensive press coverage due to the brutal murders as well as the increased press coverage on anti-Semitism and finally I will write about the actions of the mile end vigilance committee.

My focus will turn to the 5 main ripper victims Mary Ann Nicholls (Polly), Annie Chapman, Elizabeth stride, Catherine Eddows and mary Kelly. There are many
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The next two victims have many similarities in more ways than one, Elizabeth stride and Catherine eddows were murdered on Sunday September 30th within an hour of each other, they were both middle aged at around 45 and were both alcoholics with sordid histories and both divorced there was no real difference between the two. All of these aspects were the reasons why jack the ripper attracted so much attention but it was manly because all of the women were prostitutes and that they were murdered so horrifically, it was attracted more as nearly all the sex organs within the female body had been mutilated which in some way entertained the public.

The first Ripper victim was Polly Nicholls her body was found a little after four a.m. on the 31st August 1888, she was found on her back with her skit pushing up to her waist and a deep cut across her throat, the decapitation of his victims would soon become a trade mark for the Ripper, Polly's abdomen was slashed and she was stabbed twice in her womb, the extent of the wounds inflicted on the victims suggest that the ripper murders were sexually motivated. The second victim was Annie Chapman, Annie Chapman was found on the Saturday the 8th of September at approximately 6 am at the back yard of a house in spitalfields, like Polly her throat was cut but they were so deep that the marks were found on her spine. Annie intestines