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Author Topic: What you didn't know about Jack the Ripper  (Read 1897 times)
MWBailey
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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2014, 10:56:23 pm »

In fact many of the most notorious serial killers of modern times have been notable for their anonymity, and the phrase 'the pretty much kept to themselves and seemed normal enough' has become a bit if a cliché in the annals of grisly crime.




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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2014, 12:13:55 pm »

Funnily enough, looking like a serial-killer would presumably make it very hard to work as a serial-killer...

Compared to the modern varieties, Old Jack would barely rate a mention. His main advantage was that he was the first of his ilk to experience the literary wonder that is modern tabloid journalism - snappy nickname, if it bleeds it leads sensationalism, even make up the facts and write your own letters to the media when the real story isn't hot enough to keep selling papers.
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« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2014, 09:58:22 pm »

I think that one of the things that is often overlooked in this case is the fact that prostitutes being killed was not a rare occurrence. With an estimated population of sex workers as high as 75000 and criminal detection being simplistic at best, coupled with the Victorian mentality towards such people, it's odd that these few murders made the head lines at all. It really was the grisly aspects of the case that caught public attention.
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« Reply #28 on: May 09, 2014, 09:14:10 am »

I think that one of the things that is often overlooked in this case is the fact that prostitutes being killed was not a rare occurrence. With an estimated population of sex workers as high as 75000 and criminal detection being simplistic at best, coupled with the Victorian mentality towards such people, it's odd that these few murders made the head lines at all. It really was the grisly aspects of the case that caught public attention.

A popular misconception is that Victorian London was a hotbed of murder and hence the confusion as to why five or six more would make the headlines, actually it was little different to the statistics today and was improving in the latter part of the 19th century due to better policing.  Unusual crimes always made the headlines as you point out, it sold papers and the Ripper murders sold them in hoards, as the London Monster had a century before, mainly because murder then, just as murder now usually had a clear motive, robbery, passion etc., whilst the Ripper murders appeared to have none.

Also it's worth mentioning that professional sex workers, 'gay women' as they were called at the time, weren't as common as often penniless working class women who would 'turn gay' for a brief period to get the rent when they ran out of money.
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