Jack the Writer: A Verbal & Visual Analysis of the Ripper Correspondence

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The story of the unidentified serial killer in London’s Whitechapel district - known as Jack The Ripper – has been the subject of interest to researchers for over 120 years. The name ascribed to ...
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Introduction to the Ripper Correspondence

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Dirk C. Gibson

Abstract

This introductory chapter served to establish a contextual background useful in understanding the analysis of the Ripper letters. A variety of sources of these items was described. The quantitative significance of the Ripper letters was asserted. These missives were also found to be qualitatively important, as well. Several difficulties affecting research into the Ripper correspondence were documented. The methods used in this research were explained. A preview of the remainder of the eBook was provided.

Keywords:

British Public Records Office, Central News Agency, Content Analysis, Corporation of the City of London, East End, Fleet Street, Jack the Ripper, Lost Letters, Mutilation, Nickname, Prostitutes, Prototype, Qualitative Significance, Quantitative Significance, Rhetorical Scale, Ripper Correspondence, Ripper Letters, Serial Killer, Visual Elements, Sir Charles Warren.

Affiliation:

Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA