The Death Of Jack The Ripper

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On September 8th, the murder of Annie Chapman was reported in the London Echo, “All the circumstances favour the theory that they (the east-end murders) are the work of a lunatic with homicidal tendencies. The swiftness and secrecy of the murders, and the success of the perpetrator in destroying all traces of his presence, rather support the theory…The dissatisfaction arises from the fact that the police, as they have become militarized, seem to have lost the art of detecting murders.” The press continually was dissatisfied with the work of the police as a new body appeared, and still no suspect was apprehended. More “ruffian assaults” were reported in the newspapers as the death count of the Whitechapel murders continued to grow. The press …show more content…
Since none of these correspondences have been proven to be the murderer, for this thesis they serve as part of the representation of the public’s image of Jack the Ripper. In other words, due to lack of evidence, these letters are presumably written by members of the public of Whitechapel. Few of the letters have survived the test of time; however, there are three significant letters whose mysterious writers remain unknown. The first Ripper letter arrived at the Central News Agency on September 27th, 1888, three days before the double murder. It’s eerie allusions to the murders of September 30th made it important in the eyes of the police. Whether it was composed by a citizen or the murderer, this letter is the initial source of the name Jack the …show more content…
This, along with a similar writing style, suggests that that both correspondences were written by the same person, and possibly by someone connected to the murders. The “Dear Boss” letter had not yet been released to the public either. The ear was partially cut off Eddowes, but not removed from the body, just as the letter suggests. There was also a time factor in the double murder, the murders so close together it is speculated that the Ripper’s work was interrupted, leading him to the killing of a second victim a few minutes later. Whoever wrote the postcard knew about the double murder before the rest of the press and public, and knew the contents of the “Dear Boss” letter, but nothing else is known about the mysterious

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