Historical and Cultural Context

  • Clare Smith
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


In September 1888 the residents of 29 Hanbury Street were charging an admission fee to view the yard where Annie Chapman’s body had been found. The crowds of people who flocked to the area could buy refreshments from the costermongers who had set up stalls in the area to cater for the influx of people. After viewing Hanbury Street the crowd could move onto Whitechapel Road where a waxworks had opened, using wax mannequins daubed with red paint to depict the victims of ‘’orrible murder’, which could be enjoyed for a penny. The relationship between Jack the Ripper and popular entertainment had begun.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare Smith
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  1. 1.University of Wales: Trinity St. DavidUK

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