The Press Covered The Ripper Killings Essay

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II. The Press
When the press covered the Ripper killings they used cultural fantasies and Victorian anxieties to their advantage by challenging the police and fascinating the public. They wove a tale of sex, blood, and murder, which would forever change murder in the news. This sensationalism operated on an emotional level, appealing to the morals of the reader. David Sachsman and David Bulla summarize sensationalism in the press in their book Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting: “The core elements of visual sensationalism in the press were in place during the late nineteenth century, with violence and death, crime and punishment, sex and scandal—sometimes lurid, often gratuitous—becoming staple items of media content well before the advent of color film, movies, or television.” Although Jack the Ripper was not the first serial killer, he was the first to gain such notoriety before he was caught. The press made it their mission to publish anything and everything related to the killings, which meant the public was rarely in the dark. As Judith Walkowitz attests, “media organization of the Ripper narrative helped to contextualize the events...and to manage anxieties unleashed by the murders.” This section examines the media coverage of Whitechapel Jack to determine the press’ overall image of him.
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