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Jack the Ripper...



Item # 585526

September 19, 1888

THE TIMES, London, Sept. 19, 1888

* Jack the Ripper
* Whitechapel Murders


"Jack the Ripper" reports were common in the latter half of 1888, capturing the interest of people on both sides of the Atlantic as evidenced by the reports in many newspapers in the United States. It was the international "sensation" of the era, and a case which was never conclusively solved. Not surprisingly, issues of the respected "Times" newspaper from London are the most sought after, being the primary source for Jack the Ripper reports.
Page 3 has nearly half a column headed: "The Whitechapel Murders" which discusses several leads in the case of Jack the Ripper from the very early period of the terror. One report notes a man hurriedly changing his closes, and notes: "...obviously difficult to conceive why the murdered, having possessed himself of a change of clothes, should pass from Whitechapel to Ludgate Circus & change his dress in a quasi-public place...". Plus there are reports of another suspicious character (see).
This report is followed by a letter to the editor headed "At Last" which begins: "Whitechapel horrors will not be in vain if 'at last' the public conscience awakes to consider the life which these horrors reveal. The murders were, it may almost be said, bound to come..." with much more (see).
All of this text relating to the Jack the Ripper case takes almost an entire column. Complete in 12 pages, an archival mend across the central fold of each leaf does not cause any loss of readability, otherwise quite nice condition with no pulpishness nor fragility.

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