Jack The Ripper

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Jack The Ripper By: Chelsey George Imagine you are walking down a dark street in the middle of the night when out of the shadows a mysterious, cloaked figure silently slips past you. You shake off the encounter and keep walking only to come face to face with a horrific sight; a dead body. A female left in a grotesque position and her body so brutally mutilated it makes you feel sick. This might sound like a scene from a terrifying Hollywood thriller; however, this was reality in 19 th century London, England when Jack the Ripper was on the prowl. Good afternoon teachers and fellow students. I’m sure many of us have heard of the name “Jack the Ripper” but how much do we really know about him? The truth is we don’t know anything about him except the information we can gather from the murders. Some people have theories of who committed the murders but we will never truly know who did. Jack the Ripper was active in London, England in the late 1880’s and possibly the early 1890’s. The five victims that we are certain he killed were all killed between August and November 1888 yet brutal murders in the region continued until around 1891. The victims he chose were all women driven into prostitution due to the overcrowded poverty-stricken population of the East End and Whitechapel area. His first victim was Mary Ann Nichols. She was killed on Friday, August 31 st and was found at around 3:40 A.M. in a back street in Whitechapel. Her throat had been cut twice and there was a jagged gash along her lower abdomen. She also had several incisions along her abdomen and sides. His other four victims were Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. Amongst all of his victims two elements remained constant. He would cut their throats twice and leave a long jagged wound across the abdomen. Along with this he preformed further mutilation to the women such as removing organs. With each murder it got worse. The last three victims were subject to the most violent treatment. Elizabeth and Catherine were both killed on the same day; an incident that the newspapers would later call “The Double Event.” Elizabeth was only cut once in the throat and the cuts along her sides were clumsier than before. This led investigators to believe the attack was disturbed. Later that day,
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2010 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Stein during the Spring '08 term at Adelphi.

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