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L. Perry Curtis Jr.

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088724

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088724.001.0001

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The Whitechapel Murders

The Whitechapel Murders

A Chronicle

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(p.19) Chapter One The Whitechapel Murders
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Jack the Ripper and the London Press
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L. Perry Curtis Jr.

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088724.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the murders of five women—Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly—by the suspected killer Jack the Ripper, revealing that all five murders occurred on weekends toward the end or beginning of the month. With the exception of Elizabeth Stride, the mutilations showed a steady escalation of violence, culminating in the killer's attempt to destroy the very femaleness of Kelly's body as he acted out his gynophobic rage. When the authorities revealed that the uterus had been removed from at least two (and possibly three) of the victims, the public and the press naturally indulged in all kinds of speculation about motive and identity. Although no weapon was ever found at or near the crime scenes, the police and the medical examiners assumed that a long, sharp dissecting knife had been used.

Keywords:   murders, killer, mutilations, violence, femaleness, uterus

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