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Jack the Ripper and the London Press

L. Perry Curtis Jr.


Press coverage of the 1888 mutilation murders attributed to Jack the Ripper was, of necessity, filled with gaps and silences, for the killer remained unknown, and Victorian journalists had little experience reporting serial murders and sex crimes. This book examines how fifteen London newspapers—dailies and weeklies, highbrow and lowbrow—presented the Ripper news, in the process revealing much about the social, political, and sexual anxieties of late Victorian Britain and the role of journalists in reinforcing social norms. It surveys the mass newspaper culture of the era, delving into the nat ... More

Keywords: press coverage, Jack the Ripper, Victorian journalists, sex crimes, serial murders, sexual anxieties, Victorian Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088724
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Perry Curtis Jr., author