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The Whitechapel murders — under which the Jack the Ripper crimes are featured — took place in the East End of London in the autumn of But what was the area like at the time? Disease, hunger, neglect and even violence would claim the lives of one in four children before they reached the age of five.
The populace consisted of a cross section of Victorian Society. Throughout the 19th century economic migrants had been arriving in increasing s from East Anglia and Essex, both of which had seen their traditional agricultural and cloth making industries decimated. Men might find work in the docks, but this was a hit and miss means of earning a living, entailing as it did turning up early at the dock gates to await the foreman, whose arrival with the sought after employment tickets would be marked by a viscous scrum, as men kicked, punched and even bit their way to the front to ensure that they would be amongst the fortunate ones to earn money to feed their family.
The hours were long, the conditions were horrific, and the pay was low.
Job security was none existent, since a vast reservoir of desperate men, women and children was ever on hand to replace those unwilling to tow the line. By the indigenous workforce had come to perceive another threat in the form of a huge influx of Jewish immigrants who were fleeing persecution and economic hardship in Russia, Poland and Germany. Throughout the first part oftwo Parliamentary Committees had formed and were looking into the immigration problem.
This was seen as being particularly prevalent amongst the newly arrived Jewish immigrants. The committees would ultimately vindicate the immigrants, but their prolonged deliberations ensured that the matter was in the public eye throughout the first eight months of In June a notorious East End murder, where both the perpetrator and victim were Jewish, had shocked the area.
Israel Lipski, a lodger in a house in Batty Street, had poisoned fellow lodger, Miriam Angel by forcibly pouring nitric acid down her throat. It was against this background that a series of murders in the East End of London — that began in Aprilbut which gathered their main momentum throughout the autumn of the year — confronted the indigenous population with a type of crime that was barbaric in its nature that they came to believe that an Englishman could not be responsible. They were, therefore, only too willing to pin the blame on the community that they were already perceiving as being the cause of so many of the problems that blighted their everyday lives.
And, as the murderer increased in their ferocity andthey began to exact mob punishment on members of that community in such a way that the police came to fear that they might well lose control of the streets, as the prospect of anti-Semitic rioting reared its head over the streets of the East End of London.Looking in the east end
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