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Jack the Ripper running tours spark outcry over ‘exploitation’ of women victims

But critics have stated the format of the tour is at odds with the grisly subject material.

The tour’s promotional picture reveals what seems to be a girl running by way of a darkened alleway with a silhouette of Jack the Ripper behind her.

Guy Walters, a author specialising in the Nazi regime and World War Two and the Nazi, informed The Telegraph: “I’m a eager runner and I’m additionally a historian, however there are occasions when the two issues shouldn’t be mixed.

“Running is about self-improvement, health and enjoyable. Jack the Ripper was a disgusting assassin of women. The two issues don’t go collectively.

“What I find strange about horror is how it diminishes with time. Nobody would suggest doing a Yorkshire Ripper run so why is this acceptable. Is it because it’s a long time ago and the women don’t count? That’s simply wrong.”

Hallie Rubenhold, the creator of an acclaimed guide on Jack the Ripper’s victims, wrote: “Just when you thought they’d used up all the possible tasteless ideas…”

‘The dangerous style boggles the thoughts’

Jessica Cale, the host of the podcast Dirty Secret History, wrote on Twitter: “A Jack the Ripper running tour? Sure, let’s trivialize the horrific deaths of those poor women for a novelty night out. The bad taste boggles the mind.”

But Secret Running Tours defended the runs, which had been first launched a pair of years in the past, arguing that they cope with the Ripper’s homicide of East End women with sensitivity, putting their lives and horrific deaths of their nineteenth century context, as half of a social historical past of the space.

The agency’s founder, Vanessa Cain-Tait, informed The Telegraph: “Our guides know this is an inflammatory subject and we are very mindful that women died. We make sure we talk about his victims as people and look at what their lives were like as well as what happened to them.”

Secret Running Tours’ different occasions embrace London sightseeing, Chelsea Christmas, black historical past and Royal London.

“I hesitated about doing Ripper runs for quite a few years because I was worried about it because the subject is so controversial, but there was a huge demand for them from people who took part in our other runs,” stated Ms Cain-Tait. 

“But these aren’t upbeat running events. We’ve written the tour in a delicate, sensitive way, as a social history. It’s like a walking tour, but we just cover more ground.”

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