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MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY MID-TERM EXAM Andrew Sobler
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1)Anything you want: Jack the Ripper Many theories surround who Jack the Ripper could’ve been. Some even believe there was more than one killer, and that they were working in conjunction with one another. Whoever he or they were, Jack the Ripper’s victims were usually found in a public place, the throat was cut, and the body was mutilated. They are now sure of five victims that were connected to Jack the Ripper, more have been suspected, but only five can be assured of. First up was Mary Ann Nichols. Her body was found in the early morning hours on the ground in front of a stable entrance in Buck’s Row, which is now renamed Durward St., a back street in the Whitechapel district of London, England, 200 yards away from London Hospital on August 31, 1888. The fact that she was found a mere two football fields away from the hospital could possibly suggest she survived the initial attack of Jack the Ripper, and that she struggled and died in the process of trying to get to the hospital. The second victim was Annie Chapman, killed on September 8, 1888. Her body was found around 6 in the morning, lying on the ground near the door of a backyard of a house, also in the Whitechapel district of London. The third victim was Elizabeth Stride, killed September 30, 1888. Her body was found in the early morning hours in Dutfield’s yard, also in the Whitechapel district of London. Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim, was also killed on September 30, 1888. Her body was found in Mitre Square of the city of London. Since both Stride and Eddowes were killed on the same day, their murders are referred to as a double event. The fifth and final victim was Mary Jane Kelly, killed on November 9, 1888. The body was discovered shortly after 10:45 in the morning in the apartment where she lived. The body was grossly mutilated beyond recognition, every internal organ had been removed, almost surgically, and the heart was
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left boiling in a pot over a fire. Needless to say, this was obviously the Ripper’s most disgusting act of murder. All five victims had a few things in common, they were all prostitutes, they probably all knew each other, and were probably good friends. Also since all of the Ripper’s victims were prostitutes, it could be assumed that Jack the Ripper from a psychological standpoint, that he was a “mission-oriented” serial killer. That means he wanted to rid the world of “immoral” people, and prostitutes would’ve easily fit into that category. Like the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper frequently sent letters to the press. The investigation still remains open over in England, and they have “Ripperologists” constantly working on it. There hasn’t really been any advancing of the case. There are several suspects still, and the police continue to investigate them and their history, and how they could’ve been the Ripper. Another potentially important factor is that the police took out a map of London, and put dots where all the victims were killed,
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