Jack the Ripper and British Attitudes to Sex and Murder: Sex and sexual violence

Jack the Ripper and The Whitechapel Murders have been a source of fascination for society for well over a century now.  From the high circulation numbers of newspapers at the time to books and videos today, there is huge interest the murders.  There are multiple aspects that have caused this, such as the mystery surrounding the murders which I covered in more detail in the previous post.  One other aspect of this allurement was the murders’ connection to sex which, both at the time of the murders themselves and today has always captivated audiences. Continue reading Jack the Ripper and British Attitudes to Sex and Murder: Sex and sexual violence

Jack the Ripper and British Attitudes to Sex and Murder: Murder mystery

Society has been fascinated with the Jack the Ripper murders for over a century now.  In 1888, the Whitechapel murders generated circulation that was unheard of for newspapers at that time and remains a source of fascination even today.  There are various aspects that caught the imagination of Victorian society and continue to do so today.  Firstly, one reason for the allurement of Jack the Ripper was due to the fact that he was never caught.  The police arrested and interrogated 130 suspects, but they were never able to find out who Jack the Ripper was;[1] as such the mystery around who Jack the Ripper was remained unsolved.  Secondly, the Whitechapel murders involved two topics that, throughout history, has always drawn people’s attention: Sex and murder. Continue reading Jack the Ripper and British Attitudes to Sex and Murder: Murder mystery