Jack The Ripper Essay

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Jack The Ripper

Jack the Ripper, as he was rightly called, was an infamous murderer in London, England in 1888, almost one hundred years ago. Jack the Ripper is by no stretch of the imagination the first serial killer ever, but the first to do so in a largely populated area, although it seemed he had no malice for other people. Although the number of kills under the belt of Jack the Ripper is unofficial, it is estimated to be around four to seven women, all prostitutes within the area. He also had no accomplice’s or accessories to the crime. Another fact was that Jack the Ripper escaped scott-free, with no charges.

His method of attack was to let these prostitutes “seduce” him into using
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Also, he would cut the throats of his victims after they had been strangled, mainly so he/she would not get any blood or DNA on their clothes.

The Ripper had also sent letters to the local newspaper telling them about the killings, and his confessions. This was an act repeated by the Zodiac Killer, in California, some ninety years later. One reporter who received the letters first from the killer said he thought his letters had a sweet disposition about them. This way of writing letters gloating about his actions was a form of megalomania, a disease in the brain making one feel dominate and in control of everyone and everything.

There was no finger printing back in the day of the Whitechapel murders, which is where these murders took place, so you could not catch someone with circumstantial evidence, which by today’s standards could put someone in jail. On one reported occasion that the killer wrote about, he had walked past what appeared to be the constable of the town late at night in the middle of their town square. The constable was reportedly looking for the killer. They exchanged pleasantries and continued on their way. The constable reached the side opposite to where the men had met around twenty minutes earlier to see another one of Jack’s victims, a Mary Jane Kelly, warm blood still flowing from her neck.

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