Gloval Comment: Review: Ripper Street

It’s intriguing that modern reinterpretations of the Ripper story often envision him as a wealthy, powerful member of the aristocracy corrupted by too much boredom, which led to too much time with sex workers. While popular thought associates violent crime with ‘low class elements’ or ‘dirty rabble,’ people seem eager to believe that one of the most famous serial killers of all time was truly in a league of his own; I cannot help but wonder if people believe he would have been caught if he was of a lower class status, or if part of the Ripper mythology is his class status, that imagining him as a tradesman somehow dilutes the mystique.