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Jack the Ripper

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Introduction

1. Source A has a lot to tell us about the murder of Polly Nichols unfortunately the information is not from a valued source it is very possible that the newspaper could have sensationalised the facts. Straight away the newspaper says "two murders" had taken place automatically suggesting that both the murders were linked however no facts in the article state that they are. The victims were mentioned not to have much money as they were "the poorest of poor" this meant that plunder (robbery) could not be the reason of attack. Plus the fact that the murderer spent "The excess of effort" with his victims probably meant, as source A says, the murderer was a "demented being" this was shown by the "extraordinary violence" used by this sadistic murderer. 2. I have been asked to study if the evidence in source C supports A and B. Source B shows the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nichols (the victims mentioned in source A) to be very different from one another where as in source A there shown as related. However source C only quotes about the murder of Elizabeth Stride and so doesn't mention any of the other murders. ...read more.

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Because the Ripper wore a "dark coat" (source D), he may have been able to camouflage into the dark surroundings as described in source E, "The main thoroughfares of Whitechapel are connected by a network of narrow, dark and crooked lanes. This is also shown in a map (source I) where the roads are very close together. This may have made it nearly impossible for the police to catch Jack the Ripper. The narrow winding streets and alleyways also made hard for the police to trace Jack and made Jack's escape much more efficient that it would be on a busy, congested main road. This difficulty was made even worse by the fact there was no tram system in Whitechapel so it would have been hard for the police to get around quickly and to swiftly visit places where Jack the Ripper may have been. The technology available at the time was also a key factor in understanding why it was nearly impossible for the Police to catch Jack the Ripper. At the time, there was separation and competition between various police forces across London, so information was not shared. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although the media played a partial role in provoking copycat murders, so did the police. This is evident by the fact that the newspaper could gain access to such information as how brutal the murders were, "...a demented being...extraordinary violence..." This means that the police must have released some of the information, which could provoke copycat murders and confuse clues. The police published information such as the letter from the Ripper containing the words, "Next time I shall cut of her left ear." By publishing these vital clues the police were effectively shooting themselves in the foot. In conclusion I believe that it was not the fault of the police for not capturing Jack the Ripper. This is because of the harsh conditions the police had to work in, the lack of technology and funding, the fact that Jack was the first serial killer and journalists also ruined the investigation. On the other hand there is other evidence to suggest that the police were to blame for not capturing Jack. This includes the fact there was unnecessary rivalry between police forces around London, the narrow line of investigation that the police used, the misuse using eyewitnesses and the fact that the police published evidence that could provoke copycat killings. ...read more.

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