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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Visual Analysis of the Ripper Correspondence

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Dirk C. Gibson


The visual dimensions of the Ripper correspondence were reported in this chapter. The use of red ink in the letters was documented. Numerous artistic items were reported. Several bloody letters and envelopes were included. The use of unusual lettering was exemplified, Some Ripper letters took the form of verse. Several letters were discovered outdoors. A few letters were written on official forms and documents.


Aldgate, Aristic Letters, Baker’s Row, Belfast, Bird Cage Walk, Bloody Items, Bow Cemetery, Jack Porns, Jack the Cutter, Hackney Standard, Mansell Street, Newcross, Notes Found Outdoors, Notes Found on Official Forms, Henry Matthews, Metropolitan Police Office, Red Ink, Torture, Unusual Lettering, Verse.


Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA