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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Meaningful Themes in the Ripper Correspondence

Pp. 105-120 (16)

Dirk C. Gibson


This chapter reported and exemplified the fifteen meaningful themes in the Ripper letters. They included; 1) Promise to send body parts, 2) The knife, 3) Killings called “work,” 4) Sir Charles Warren, 5) Threats vs. named individuals, 6) Accomplices, 7) “Catch me,” 8) Men and boys threatened, 9) Past murders mentioned, 10) “Ha ha,” 11) Prostitutes, 12) Other names for the Ripper, 13) Ripper wanted to be caught, 14) Letters to the press, and 15) Bloodhounds.


Abberline, Accomplices, Bethnal Green, Blackfriar’s, Brody Street, Bromley Police Station, Cage Lane, “Catch Me, ” City of London Police Office, Colchester, General Booth, “Ha Ha, ” Hilldrops Crescent, Leman Street Police Station, Regents Park, Letters to the Press, Spring Heel Jack, Stoke-Newington Police Station, Upper Holloway, Westminster.


Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA