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Jack the Ripper

Final presentation for Forensic Linguistics

Sarah Basco

on 11 April 2013

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Analyzing Crime through Language Jack the Ripper What happened? Background Information The Victims "Upwards of 300" suspects were investigated
Newly appointed police head, Robert Anderson was on leave so investigation was hampered
Whitechapel Vigilance Committee
Butchers, Surgeons, Physicians were suspected because of manner of murders
Police Surgeon Thomas Bond: "All five murders no doubt were committed by the same hand." Top Suspects Prince Albert Victor - Could have performed murders during fits of insanity while suffering from syphilis
Montague John Druitt - Found dead in the River Thames. Murders had ceased after his death
Walter Sickert - Impressionist painter fascinated with the Ripper.
Robert Mann - Mortician who the bodies were brought to
Jill the Ripper - The saliva on the letters were suggesting that Jack was, in fact a woman
Carl Feigenbaum - German sailor who killed a woman in NYC. Had been to Whitechapel brothels before. Letters from Jack This was famous because letters were published in newspapers
1st, 2nd, and 8th letters were vague and most likely hoaxes. Also probably written by the same person
3rd letter was most likely out of all ten to actually be written by Jack the Ripper because of the kidney that was sent with it
Not as playful as the other three - has a more ominous tone to it. Civil district of Whitechapel
Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century saw an increase of immigrants from Ireland as well as Jewish refugees from East Europe and Russia
Caused overcrowding and poverty
Led to an increase of violence, alcohol abuse and prostitution
By October 1888, there was an estimate of 1200 prostitutes and 62 brothels April 3, 1888 to February 13, 1891
A total of 11 murders titled "The Whitechapel Murders."
Still uncertain about the number of victims due to the large amount of crimes in the area at the time.
MO of Jack the Ripper: throat slashing, removal of internal organs, facial/genital/abdominal mutilations
Although not the first serial killer, Jack the Ripper was notable as the first to get the attention of the press and the general public "The Canonical Five": Those known to actually have been his victims Mary Ann Nichols - August 31, 1888
Annie Chapman - September 8, 1888
Elizabeth Stride - September 30, 1888
Catherine Eddowes - September 30, 1888
Mary Jane Kelly - November 9, 1888
All were prostitutes

There are 13 other victims who were allegedly murdered by the Ripper
Generally believed that Kelly was the last victim
Authorities believed that the Jack the Ripper disappeared after Kelly's murder. Locations of the first seven bodies Nichols
Kelly The Investigation “From hell.
Mr Lusk,
I send you half the Kidne I took from one woman and prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer
Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk” Third Letter “17th Sept 1888
Dear Boss
So now they say I am a Yid when will they lern Dear old Boss! You an me know the truth dont we. Lusk can look forever hell never find me but I am rite under his nose all the time. I watch them looking for me an it gives me fits ha ha I love my work an I shant stop until I get buckled and even then watch out for your old pal Jacky.
Catch me if you Can
Jack the Ripper
Sorry about the blood still messy from the last one. What a pretty necklace I gave her.” Eighth Letter
“I was not codding dear old Boss when I gave you the tip, you'll hear about Saucy Jacky's work tomorrow double event this time number one squealed a bit couldn't finish straight off. ha not the time to get ears for police. thanks for keeping last letter back till I got to work again.
Jack the Ripper” Second Letter “Dear Boss,
I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they look so clever and talk about being on the right track. That joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them till I do get buckled. Grand work the last job was. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I love my work and want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn't you. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work, then give it out straight. My knife's so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck.
Yours truly
Jack the Ripper
Dont mind me giving the trade name
PS Wasnt good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it No luck yet. They say I'm a doctor now. ha ha” First Letter Final Thoughts Ten in Total What do you think? Analysis of the First Letter Words underlined for effect
Rarely uses apostrophes
Signs "Jack the Ripper"
No question marks on questions
"ha ha"
Correct spelling
"Dear Boss"
"Gives me fits"
"I'm a doctor now"
"and" Analysis of the Second Letter Uses apostrophes
writes laughter "ha"
word order is awkward
Signs just "Jack the Ripper"
references the first letter
"Saucy Jacky" Analysis of the Third Letter The most likely to come from "Jack"
sent in a box with Eddowes' kidney
Noticeably worse spelling
signed "Catch me when you Can Mishter Lusk"
Most likely fluent in English but not very literate
*Physicians and surgeons are literate
Much more detailed regarding murder Analysis of the Eighth Letter "Dear Boss"
Again no question marks
underlines for emphasis
"ha ha"
no apostrophes
"gives me fits"
"Catch me if you can, Jack the Ripper"
"Now they say I am a Yid"
slight spelling mistakes
*"Necklace" he left the girl
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