Women of White Chapel

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Title

Women of White Chapel

Subject

The women who lived here were the target for Jack the Ripper.

Description

Description from the website: " This was their only means of income and survival. With the little money they earned, most would seek comfort in alcohol as the only refuge from reality. Drink was cheap and drunkenness rife, at any time of day or night, leading to brutality and violence as a direct result. Brawls were commonplace and, as one Whitechapel inhabitant put it, cries of “Murder!” were “nothing unusual in the street.”

The Hollywood interpretation of these fallen women has them portrayed as the showgirl type you would see on a stage in the rich West End, with charming looks and pretty features. The reality is far different. By the age of 20 , most would look about 40, due to hard drinking and the East End lifestyle taking its toll. Most had missing teeth and wore the same clothes day in and day out. Bloated and diseased, life would have been short for these women. Dubbed ‘Unfortunates,’ these women would ply their trade within brothels and dark alleys.

It was a world in which Jack the Ripper would have no problem finding a victim."

Creator

N/A

Source

Publisher

BBC

Date

19th Century

Contributor

Ashley Jais

Format

Picture

Type

Photograph

Coverage

The murders in the city took place in areas where it was hard to find the murderer and where the victims were of the lower class. This has similar aspects to the Burke and Hare murders.

Files

WomanofWhitechapel.jpg

Citation

N/A, “Women of White Chapel,” Enlightenmens, accessed February 6, 2023, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/915.

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