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

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…