The House that Jack Built: Jack the Ripper, Legend and the Power of the Unknown
Jack of Hearts, Jack O’Lantern, Jack the Giant-Killer, Jack the Lad — ‘Jack’ is a common name that represents ubiquity: the nomenclature of the ordinary. In the nineteenth century there was only one Jack — the Ripper; of the famous nineteenth-century criminals this one alone has endured into legend. Of Charlie Peace, Neill Cream or Israel Lipski little is remembered; of other famous murders only the victim is recalled: Maria Marten offering herself to melodrama and Fanny Adams to a coarse joke. Jack survives, but not merely because he was not caught.
KeywordsNineteenth Century Human Science Dual Nature Moral Awareness Secret Society
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