The Star (London)

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The Star
The Star placard Versailles Treaty signed.jpg
Placard for The Star announcing signing of the Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919
Type Daily
Founder(s) John Murray
William Lane
Launched 1888
Language English
Ceased publication 1960
Headquarters London, England
City London
Country England

The Star was a London evening newspaper founded in 1888. Founding sponsors of the new paper included publisher John Murray and William Lane of the Minerva Press.[1] It ceased publication in 1960 when it was merged with the Evening News, as part of the same takeover that saw the News Chronicle absorbed into the Daily Mail. For some years after, the merged paper was called The Evening News and Star.[2]


1888: T. P. O'Connor
1890: Henry W. Massingham
1891: Ernest Parke
1908: James Douglas
1920: Wilson Pope
1930: Edward Chattaway
1936: Robin Cruickshank
1941: Arthur Leslie Cranfield
1957: Ralph McCarthy

Jack the Ripper

The Star achieved early prominence and high circulation by sensationalising the Whitechapel murders of 1888–1891. Some suspect that it wrote the Dear Boss letter that gave Jack the Ripper his name to boost circulation numbers.[3][4]


  1. ^ Belanger, Jacqueline; Peter Garside; Anthony Mandal; Sharon Ragaz (4 January 2003). "British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production and Reception Phase II Report: Advertisements for Novels in The Star". Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text. ISSN 1471-5988. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
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  3. ^ TV review: Nasa: Triumph and Tragedy | Jack the Ripper: Tabloid Killer Revealed
  4. ^ Andrew Cook, Jack the Ripper: Case Closed, ISBN 978-1-84868-327-3

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