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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Appendix: The Ripper Correspondence: Mass Communication Dimensions of the Whitechapel Murders

Pp. 184-209 (26)

Dirk C. Gibson


The present study investigated the mass communication aspects of the Whitechapel crimes. The letters attributed to Jack the Ripper were gathered and analyzed, to determine the prevalent themes and rhetorical nature of this correspondence. It is concluded that the Ripper correspondence was characterized by certain content themes and stylistic traits. There was a clear element of class consciousness in the letters, as well as disrespect for the police and British establishment.


Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA