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Jack the Ripper and the East End by Alex…

Jack the Ripper and the East End

by Alex Werner

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I knew that this book wasn’t about the murders or the investigation of Jack the Ripper when I purchased it, but what I didn’t know is that it would be a compilation of mostly dry academic essays and sometimes boring statics about the communal settings of London’s East End of yesteryear either. I suppose I was expecting something more sensational and this is why I’m a bit disappointed. Still it has some useful information for educational purposes and the photos are excellent, even if not all of them were taken during the era of the homicides. ( )
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During the series of murders that took place in the latter half of 1888, Whitechapel was created in the public imagination as a mythical site of Gothic horror, depravity and fearful danger.
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In 1888, Whitechapel—at the heart of the inner East End—was the most infamous place in the country, widely imagined as a site of the blackest and deepest horror. Its streets and alleys were seen as violent and dangerous, overflowing with poverty and depravity. Aiming to uncover the reality of East End life, this important portrait of the Victorian underworld looks at slum housing, immigration, attitudes to women, poverty, violence, and crime. How the brutal killings were reported is also examined, as well as how the police tried to identify the murderer. A final section describes how Jack the Ripper has shaped our vision of London, and influenced popular culture.

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What was the East End of London like in the time of Jack the Ripper? This book aims to uncover the reality of East End life, with sections on slum housing, immigration, attitudes to women, poverty, violence and crime. The book explores the murders and their investigation, and looks at their influence on our vision of London.… (more)

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