The fASCINATION ENDURES
The legend of Jack the Ripper and the adventures of Sherlock Holmes have lasted years. Society's fascination with crime, mystery, and death has made these men immortal. The first story published in the Sherlock Holmes series, A Study in Scarlet, came out in 1887. It was received quite well and people seemed automatically drawn to Holmes and his various adventures and brushes with crime, death, and the seedy underbelly of England. People have always had a fascination with the macabre. This is largely due to the fact that humans are the only species -that we know of- that understands and comprehends time. Therefore, we are the only species that thinks about death. There is an air of mystery attached to the concept that intrigues people. Jack the Ripper reigned terror over the residents of Whitechapel, England during the fall of 1888. What he did was unspeakable and horrific yet he has remained a part of popular culture and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. While Sherlock Holmes was merely a work of fiction and the Ripper was not, both men’s stories have endured well over a century.