Jack The Ripper Research Paper

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The days were gloomy and the nights were cold and dark. Whitechapel, London during the year 1888 was the perfect place for serial killers to come out of the shadows and meet their victims. That serial killer was Jack the Ripper. This was a time before forensic science and even fingerprinting, so for a murder this gruesome to occur was a very big deal. “The name “Jack the Ripper” originates from a letter written by someone who claimed to be the killer published at the time of the murders” (“Casebook: Jack the Ripper”). Jack the Ripper murdered five prostitutes and possibly more in 1888, leaving the town of Whitechapel shaken and terrified, there are numerous suspects for the identity of “Jack” but nothing can be confirmed. Unfortunately, due to the underdeveloped technology of investigators during that time the Jack the Ripper case is still being investigated to this day.…show more content…
These five women were Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelley. “All of these women were prostitutes and varied in age and appearance. Most were drunk or thought to be drunk at the time they were killed”(“Casebook: Jack the Ripper”) .The Ripper seized the women by their throats and then strangled them until they were unconscious if not dead. Then he would slice them across the abdomen and other places, sometimes to the point where you couldn't look at the person and tell who they were. Because there are thought to be other murders related to the case these five murders are often called the “canonical” murders. “As to the actual number of women that the Ripper killed, Philip Sugden wrote in his excellent book, The Complete History of Jack the Ripper, ‘There is no simple answer. In a sentence: at least four, probably six, just possibly eight’ (qtd. in (“Casebook: Jack the

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