Jack the Ripper murders


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    'Jack the Ripper' was the name given to an unknown serial killer (or killers) active in Whitechapel, London in 1888. Some believe that the name was invented by journalists in a bid to sell more newspapers, although it was also reported that the name was given in a letter to the Central News Agency by someone claiming to be the murderer. The Whitechapel murders were not the first serial murders in London but they were the first to create a media frenzy.


    This is the front page of the Illustrated Police News, a penny weekly tabloid which dealt with crimes, disasters and society scandals. It regaled readers with detailed accounts and illustrations of the Ripper's crime scenes and the failure of police to catch the killer. The story featured on 184 of its covers in the 4 years after the last murder.


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