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Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper.

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Jack The Ripper Sources Coursework 4) Study Sources F and G Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper. There were many ways in which the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper. As Jack the Ripper was never caught, unfortunately, many of their techniques were flawed. Firstly, leaflets, (source F), were posted through people's doors (in the East End) after the first two murders. These were to encourage people to come forward and put people's names who were believed to be suspicious. There were however many short comings in this. Many people in the East End were illiterate, and consequently the leaflets made no impact on them at all. In addition, there were problems even if the people could read. The leaflet itself was very general. "Should you know of any person to whom suspicion is attached..." It is very universal. To some people, a non-Englishman would have been the most suspicious of all. People did not want to believe that a person of their own kind would commit such crimes, and therefore found foreigners suspicious. ...read more.


Unfortunately for the police this was not too effective. As many people in the East End had committed some sort of crime, whether it be something very small like pick pocketing or something quite large such as murder, not many people actually opened the door. When the police were seen coming, most people would pretend not to be at home since a lot of them had something to hide and were scared the police had gone looking for them. Moreover, the door-to-door investigation took a lot of police time up, especially if most people were not answering their door. It slowed down whole enquiry and they hardly got any where with it. If the door was answered, the police usually got the same type of responses, typically naming any foreigners nearby. Another way, which was frequently used, was the use of bloodhounds. These were dogs with a remarkable sense of scent. They were more often than not, taken to the crime scene, to get the scent of the scene within them. They were then allowed to wander off, to find another place in the area where the same scent was found. ...read more.


Photography was also a recent invention at the time of the Ripper. Sadly, the police were only able to use it for the final Ripper murder of Mary Kelly. No more than black and white cameras had been invented and were usually very grainy. These were only able to photos in daylight, and as the murder of Mary Kelly also took place after dark, the camera could not be used until the following morning. This was not very efficient, for the reason that the police did not cordon off the crime, and therefore the crime scene would not be exactly how it was the previous night. The first models of the camera also took extremely long to set up. Unlike today, the police forces were not able to get any close-up photos. This was because firstly, the camera obviously did not have a zoom and secondly if you moved the camera closer you would lose the focus and detail of the photo. They would not have taken photos from too many angles either, as each photo was incredibly expensive to develop and also took an awfully long time. If like today, the doctors were able to use DNA, they would have quite easily caught the Ripper. Police found part of an Apron, which was most probably thrown away by him, that was totally blood stained. ...read more.

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