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Jack the Ripper was a tabloid killer’ says Mackenzie

PUBLISHED: 17:27 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:29 05 October 2010

ONE of the most notorious episodes in the East End’s murderous past is being recounted tonight (Wednesday) when former Sun newspaper editor Kelvin Mackenzie goes back over the tale of Jack the Ripper on TV

By Dean Valler

ONE of the most notorious episodes in the East End’s murderous past is being recounted tonight (Wednesday) when former Sun newspaper editor Kelvin Mackenzie goes back over the tale of Jack the Ripper on TV.

Mackenzie’s documentary Jack the Ripper—Tabloid Killer looks into claims that crooked ¬journalists faked evidence and misled the police in order to keep the story of the 1888 Whitechapel murders running.

The Ripper was the first serial killer to cause a worldwide media sensation when he terrorised the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields 121 years ago.

Mackenzie re-examines the six murders and how they coincided with growing mass literacy and the birth of popular journalism in the Channel 5 programme screened at 8pm.


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