Jack the Ripper and the East End
Introduction by Peter Ackroyd
From the Publisher: In 1888, Whitechapel was in the heart of London’s inner East End, and was the most infamous place in Britain, widely perceived as an area of the blackest and deepest depravity. Its streets and alleys were seen as dark, dangerous places teeming with poverty and crime. In this highly readable study, David Spence uncovers the reality of East End life in his examination of topics such as slum housing, immigration and attitudes to women, poverty, violence and crime. He will also look at just how the Ripper’s brutal crimes were reported, and the police attempts to identify the murderer. A final section will demonstrate how Jack the Ripper has shaped our vision of London and influenced popular culture. The illustrations for the book will include rare and unpublished photographs, sections of the Booth Map of Poverty, detectives’ reports and original letters.
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