Acta Universitatis Danubius. Communicatio, Vol 12, No 1 (2018)

Jack The Ripper was Romanian and He Killed Children Who Did Not Learn - The Romanian Press and the Whitechapel Murders

Fanel Teodorascu

Abstract


In this paper we aim at looking at how some of the most important Romanian newspapers at the end of the 19th century brought into their readers’ attention the crimes of the one known as Jack the Ripper, but also the effects upon the public in Romania from the journalistic texts in which there were reported the terrifying happenings in London. The interest of readers in everything about Jack the Ripper was a huge one, as evidenced by the presence of the name of the frightening killer in poems, whether humorous, political polemics, caricatures that accompanied certain articles, or texts relating to the leadership of the Romanian Academy. Jack the Ripper's crimes have come to be a source of inspiration also for the Romanian men who wanted to kill their wives.


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