Murder Most Horrid – Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders – Introduction

In Whitechapel, London in 1888 a series of murders were committed. Most of these murders are attributed to a killer named Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was a very different place than it is today, in fact the whole country was. Many people in London alone were living in poverty and having to work long hours to make what little money they were given, some women were reduced to selling themselves for money for a drink and a bed for a night. It was these women who were to suffer at the hands of the killer, to be strangled, have their throats cut and bodies mutilated. It is possible that they were specifically targeted. What is clear is that the killer certainly had some issue with women, and was it that these women were only targeted as they were available and ‘easy’.

These crimes left the police baffled, even today and for probably the rest of time the killer will be unknown. The killings made worldwide news at the time and had such an impact on the press that sales rocketed for some. It was the first time the world was aware of a serial killer. However the term was not used until the 1970s. Today everyone knows of serial killers and there is profilers called out to analyze and track down these killers. There is forensic and DNA evidence to be used. The world in the time of the 1880s only had the physical form of the police and eyewitness accounts which were not the best form of tracking down a killer. Fingerprinting was not introduced to a bit later. It was a time when policing was still young and there was hardly any trust. This is a massive factor in why Jack the Ripper was never caught.

So why write another article on these killings, just from viewing my bibliography alone one can see there have already been loads written on this subject with new books and articles and magazines writing about it daily. Well the reason I decided was just that. there has been so much written and I have read so much that I thought I would get my thoughts to paper and share with a large community fascinated by these killings and one of the biggest murder mysteries there ever is and will be. My fascination started many years ago and as my interest grew I started to get my thoughts down and with no one to discuss it with either in my immediate community I thought it would get my voice out there.

This article will cover the basics of the Jack the Ripper Killings at the time. If one wanted a full depth analysis there are far better qualified authors and books out there for you to read. These are my views on the killings. It is split into sections covering Whitechapel, the killings, media and police coverage and Serial Killers and suspects. The final part is a summery and conclusion, which is my own personal views and thoughts which you may or may not agree with, it, is your own choice. One thing we know for certain is that no one will ever know the true identity of Jack the Ripper.

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