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Title: Dissecting Jack the Ripper: An Anatomy of Murder in the Metropolis
Authors: Hurren, E. T.
First Published: 31-Dec-2016
Publisher: Wiley for International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice (IAHCCJ)
Citation: Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, Histories and Society, 2016, 2 (2016), pp. 1-32 (32)
Abstract: Jack-the-Ripper has been an historical prism for international studies of crime, history and societies. This article re-examines the infamous violent homicides from a new medical perspective. In a cold case review, original evidence of a secret trade in the dead poor is presented, neglected in crime historiography. Trafficking in bodies and body parts to teach human anatomy to medical students was the norm in the East End of London in 1888. The business of anatomy – peopled by body dealers and their accomplices – had the medical infrastructure to provide a deadly disguise for the serial killings. Those that fell from relative to absolute poverty, in death, supplied dissection tables in major teaching hospitals across London. Its social wallpaper could conceivably have camouflaged homicide in the Metropolis.
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice (IAHCCJ). All rights reserved. The file associated with this record is under a permanent embargo while permission to archive is sought from the publisher. The full text may be available through the publisher links above.
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