Dark Victorian London: Jack the Ripper.

Not all that glitters is gold. It is true that, during the 19th century, London became the world’s largest city and capital of the British Empire. London became richer and richer, but at the same it was also a city of poverty where millions lived in awful conditions in overcrowded slums.

These conditions were especially fatal for children and women. For women it was sometimes very difficult to survive. You either married a wealthy man or belonged to the aristocracy, or you were forced to become a prostitute to survive.

This is the scenario where Jack the Ripper committed his crimes. From August to November 1888, Jack the Ripper terrorised the Whitechapel district in London’s East End. He killed at least five prostitutes. He was never captured and remains one of England’s, and probably the world’s, most infamous criminals.

What students from 4ºC have been doing is try to help the Metropolitan Police find Jack, creating leaflets and videos in which they give very precious information about him, after having done very accurate research work and having read lots of information which was given by witnesses at the time. Enjoy their great work!




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