Jack the Ripper
By: Darcy Justin
One well-known bias on the subject is that the letters that were sent to the London Police were a hoax. Some say that they were possibly sent by a journalist to help make the story more intriguing, others say they were just sent to mess with the heads of investigators. Either way, many people believe to this day that they were definitely a hoax.
On the other hand, there are people who believe the letters were real and that they were meant to taunt the officers about the brutal crimes. There are a few reasons that back up this opinion. A portion of the latter's earlobe was found to be cut off which came into sync with a promise from one of the letters. Specialists have also said that the letter's handwriting matches up and is said to be written by the same hand. The post card that was received matched up with descriptions of the double-event murder before it was ever described by the press also testifies to it's authenticity.
One way the media portrayed the murders was by calling the murders gruesome and unusual. It highlighted the brutality of the murders and made sure to scare the citizens of that time. Through the captions on the newspapers, they showed the extremities of these crimes.
Another way the media portrayed the murders was through a feminist lens. They made the crimes seem less brutal because the victims were ladies of the night, or prostitutes. Their captions seemed less extreme and more down to the point. They spoke more about the issues of prostitution and why it is wrong. As well as carefully making a point to say it goes to show what will happen to you if you choose that night lifestyle.