Wednesday, December 13, 2006
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I thought that word was only used to describe a certain method of murder (Peter Sutcliffe, Jack the Ripper) characterised by a high level of butchery.
At the time of writing however, one of the chief distinguishing characteristics of each victim has been the absence of any hint of violence.
So why not write 'Ipswich killer' or 'serial killer'?
Because 'ripper' is the best way of sensationalising this crime and flogging more newspapers?
Of course, why let facts stand in the way of a good headline.