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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Dirk C. Gibson


This concluding chapter recognized the intrinsic similarity between the likely-authentic Ripper letters and the items of doubtful legitimacy. The content themes were relatively consistent across both groups. The content themes, people, and language of the Ripper correspondence were described and quantified. A few overall generalizations were advanced as well.


“Ah Ah, ” Bodies in River, Can’t Afford Postage, Content Themes, Crime Prediction, “Excuse Writing, ” Handwriting Variation, “I’m not Mad, ” Inactivity Explained, Linguistic Themes, More Letters Later, No More Letters, Non-Ripper Correspondence, People Themes, Police Families Threatened, References to News Coverage, Taunting Police, Undiscovered Bodies, Upper- Class Victims, “Work.”


Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA