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Jack the Ripper As the Threat of Outcast London - Serial Killer MurderDURING THE autumn of 1888 a killer terrorized London He chose as his victims mostly older decrepit drink-ridden prostitutes from the East End district of Whitechapel The name Jack the Ripper appeared on a number of letters mailed to the police and to various news agencies The publication of several of these letters in the hope that someone would recognize the handwriting vastly increased the killers fame It has never been established that the murderer wrote any of the letters Nevertheless without them the memorable appellation would never have been attached to the killer and the murders themselves would probably now be long forgotten The question of who performed the brutal killings and sexual mutilations has baffled later writers as much as it did the London Metropolitan Police in 1888 Many authors have posited theories but no one hypothesis has been proven conclusivelyUnlike most papers on this subject I intend to avoid the issue of who committed these horrible crimes but instead to examine the reactions of London both West and East Ends to the killings Jack the Ripper should be studied within the context of the 1880s a period of economic uncertainty and heightened class tensions The Whitechapel murders provide a case study of sorts The reactions of the West End mirrored the debate over Outcast London and the fear of social revolution on the part of the poor of the East End The reactions of the East End reflected ingrained prejudices against foreigners Jews the police and upper class society By examining the social conditions in East London particularly Whitechapel where the killer operated most often I hope to show why the East End was viewed with such concern and distrust even before the autumn of 1888 By discussing social unrest in east London and the fear of revolution among many in the West End in the 1880s I plan to
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