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Even to this day, the mystery of Jack the Ripper was never revealed. His legend is remembered in stories, films, songs, operas and numerous books. The main reason? Because he was never caught.

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Even to this day, the mystery of Jack the Ripper was never revealed. His legend is remembered in stories, films, songs, operas and numerous books. The main reason? Because he was never caught. Many who study Jack the Ripper, also known as Ripperologists, believe that the fault of this unsolved case was due to the lack of Police work involved. Indeed, the police force was still quite new, but it was the foundation of all the law enforcement work we have today. The police tried various attempts of gathering information and trying to find the criminal. One of the methods used was the questioning of eyewitness's. Eyewitnesses are often somewhat unreliable, though their information is useful to a certain extent. The people being questioned were often vague and did not provide much information. Elizabeth Long, an 'eyewitness' was extremely vague, "He looked to me like a foreigner, as well as I could make out", though this was the type of answers police would receive anyway. These accounts were usually useless or sent the police out looking for someone else, and not Jack the Ripper. The police also tried to 'advertise' the murders on leaflets which were given to the locals of Whitechapel. ...read more.


There were also different heights being told (5"6 and 5"11 in some) and different ages (35, 30 and 40). This kind of evidence was very unreliable as the lighting in those days was not like it is today, and so everything should have been dark and concealed. The CID in the 19th century was still in their infancy and were therefore limited in their search. Forensic science was still being developed, and in 1888, the Alphonse Bertillon method had not even been invented yet. Because of their lack of knowledge, they had not been able to gather enough information on the scenes, the details around the room or anything that could have gave them some clue. Fingerprints and blood samples would have been a useful aspect for them, though the use of fingerprints for forensics and crime were first introduced at the very end of the 19th century, and the beginning of the 20th century. But even with the forensic science technology of today, it is still difficult to catch a criminal. But others claim that it was not only the police's fault. It was also the way in which the Ripper conducted his attacks. ...read more.


In conclusion, though the police did use different methods to try and capture Jack the Ripper, they all proved unsuccessful. But the blame is not to be put only on the police. Jack the Ripper was indeed a very intelligent and quick person and so even with the technology of the 21st century, 200 years after, it would have still been very difficult to catch the culprit. We would have a major advantage though, because of our DNA samples, fingerprinting, blood matching and our extended knowledge in forensics can aid in the investigation. But society nowadays would not have made such a big deal of a mere five prostitutes killed. There have been larger mass murders since Jack the Ripper, such as Harold Shipman's example of murdering approximately 236 deaths in 24 years - in comparison to the Ripper, five meager prostitutes is almost nothing. But perhaps it is the nature of the crime which keeps Jack the Ripper alive and makes people still wonder about his mystery. The case was closed on 1892, the same year Inspector Abbeline, the head of the Jack the Ripper case retired. But though the murders may be over, the legend will still live on. Question 3: Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper Lena Tran 11A ...read more.

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