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Jack the Ripper - Source based questions.

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1) Looking at the source A, I can see that the murders of Polly Nicholls and Martha Tabram were linked. The source tells us that the two women were 'of the poorest of the poor'. Both women were prostitutes. The source suggests that the murders were committed by a 'demented being'; this was because of the 'extraordinary violence'. This would be committed by the same person. But know other sources believe that that these two murders may have been committed by two different people. You cannot rely on this source too much because it is a newspaper article that means the information has probably been changed, they are not 100%, because it is only interested in news, about sales. This newspaper leaves out many bits of information on the murders, like where they took place (George Yard and Bucks Row) and when it happened. 2) Source C is a report by Doctor on the body of Elizabeth Stride. Source B is a coroners report on the death of Polly Nicholls. Source A is an article from the newspaper describing the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls. Source C supports the evidence in source B, they both describe the how the ripper had 'anatomical skill and knowledge' and how much skill had been put into the murders. Source C talks about cutting the windpipe 'completely in two' which shows that this was a planned it didn't just happen like the one described in source A. ...read more.


The police tried to keep people calm as much as possible; they did this by rubbing off the message on the wall near the murder of Catherine Eddowes, which said the "Jews would not be blamed for nothing". As the Jews were already hated in the area they would be blamed. 5) The police did many things to try and catch Jack the Ripper, but they never did. Many people have different views on whether the police were to blame for this. Some people say the police were to blame simply because they didn't catch him, but you have to look at all the evidence before you can make a judgment. Source E shows that the police were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper, it says that the police did not have many police officers on the streets when they were advised they should. They still didn't listen to this advice after the first murder, but as I know they did put a lot more people on the street after the second. Source G shows that the police did not offer a reward for any information leading to the capture of Jack the Ripper, which was a bad thing as many people did not like or trust the current police force, and they had no other way to get information. Source I is a map of the Whitechaple showing where the murders took place. ...read more.


Source H is the best source for proving that the police were not to blame. It states that the murders were 'cunningly' planned and that 'not a trace was left of the murderer'. It says there are no clues and if the police catch the Ripper it would be a complete fluke, because they have no proper evidence. This is probably over exaggerated a little because it is a newspaper, they do not put down exactly how everything was, but it's still very true, the police didn't have much true information to go on. These were the first murders like this, so with no information, how could the police catch him? I know that the police did interview over 2,000 lodgers, which they tried to get as much information as they could. They also had lots of officers on the streets and lots of men went undercover, dressed as prostitutes to try and catch the ripper, but if the Ripper had known this then he would be more careful making it even harder for the police to catch him. The public did not trust them and they did not offer much help and information. There were no accurate descriptions, which would confuse the police. The most important thing is that the police had just been recognized and this kind of thing had never happened before. They also had no technology to use, which would have made it hard. E.g. fingerprints, ...read more.

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