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Weekly marks Jack the Ripper killing spree

A weekly newspaper has produced a 12-page supplement to mark the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel Murders.

Archant London’s Docklands & East London Advertiser produced the edition last week with the publication date coinciding with the first known victim of the unidentified killer who stalked the East End in 1888.

‘Jack the Ripper: Murders that rocked the world’ was a joint project between the paper’s editorial and commercial staff.

In addition to the supplement, which also appeared in the Newham Recorder, the content and unique web-only stories will be uploaded to Archant websites on key dates and times during the gruesome killing spree.

The 12-page supplement coincided with the first known victim of Jack the Ripper

Editor Michael Adkins said: “It was important the paper did something quite significant to mark this key historical moment in the East End’s history, especially as the East London Advertiser reported on the killings at the time.

“For both editorial and commercial it was key this supplement did not glorify the murders but provided an insight in to the historical importance of this chain of events and the subsequent legacy left behind.

“To link this to the web we aim to upload additional and expanded content at key times in the historical timeline of events capturing a greater audience and tapping into the continued interest of this extraordinary case.”

The in-paper supplement features a focus on the victims, theories and suspects linked to the case, including a new suspect never before considered.

A crime map shows before and after images of the murder scenes and a focus on other potential victims of Jack the Ripper is also documented.

The supplement also examined the social changes in the East End which followed the murders and how the Victorian press followed the serial killings.

Reporter Mike Brooke used his extensive knowledge of Jack the Ripper to write stories and source images with the supplement produced to represent the style of the 1880s.

Features & Classified manager Jackie Ross said: “This supplement was a great success and something completely different from anything we have ever worked on before.”

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  • September 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Page lead maybe, or a two page feature. Who in their right mind would buy the paper just for a 12 pager about something grim like this. Will there be a 125th editions to mark Dr Shipman, Moors Murderers etc

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