The Victorians were obsessed by the supernatural especially after Queen Victoria’s husband died in 1854. Colonisation of some of the lesser explored regions of the world brought them contact with new peoples and cultures, new diseases, artefacts and folk lore. They re-invigorated various myths of England such as King Arthur and Robin Hood. Even the lowest sought out the exotic. In the grim streets of Whitechapel, this was taken to its most extreme. Luckily, everyone has become very gullible!