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Jack the Ripper Essay

  • Submitted by: stevedon1
  • on September 4, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 459 words

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jack the ripper

‘Who was Jack the Ripper?’
The Jack the Ripper murders occurred in the East End of London in 1888. His reign of terror in the streets of East London, England was short but brutal. The case was never solved, and the murderer never identified.   One fact that most sources agreed upon was that the Ripper was a killer who wanted nothing more than to strike fear into the entire city by horribly mutilating his victims and then leaving them in locations where they were sure to be seen.   Jack was the type of killer that wants fame and loved the fact that his "name" was on everyone's lips and was able to strike fear into anyone and everyone's heart. On 1888 "Jack the Ripper" began his rampage of killings.   He was a serial killer who murdered five prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888. Those five are often referred to as "the canonical five." They were Mary Nichols- murdered on August 31st 1888, Annie Chapman who died on the 8th September 1888, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes who were both murdered in the early hours of the 30th September 1888, the so-called night of the double murder or, as the press at the time called it, the "double event” and Mary Kelly who was murdered on the 9th November 1888.
The murderer was never caught but nevertheless many people were suspected to be the killer. One of the suspects was David Cohen. David Cohen was born in 1865 and died on October 1889 of ‘exhaustion of mania’ at Colney hatch asylum. There were many circs connected with this man which made him a strong 'suspect’. Cohen became insane owing to many years indulgence in solitary vices. He had a great hatred of women, especially of the prostitute class, and had strong homicidal tendencies; he was removed to a lunatic asylum about March 1889. Because Cohen had a great hatred for women this clearly could have meant he was responsible for the murders of the five prostitutes .Cohen was admitted into an Infirmary and   was proved too dangerous for...

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