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Baljit Bhambra 10 red Jack the Ripper Q1.What can you learn from source A about the murder of Martha Turner and Polly Ann Nichols ? The first two murders that were linked with Jack the Ripper were those of Martha Turner and Polly Ann Nichols. The murder of Martha Turner took place on 6th August 1888 and Polly Ann Nichols was undertaken on 31st August 1888. From these two murders and by studying source A you can learn quite a lot about the murders that Jack the Ripper carried out. After examining source A, part of an article in the East End Observer, I learned that there was no motive for the undergoing of these murders. "... the victim have been of the poorest of the poor." This shows that the murder's motive definitely could not have been robbery because the victim were exceptionally poor. Both victim earned their money as working as prostitutes because there were not many jobs that women could do in those days. They had no valuable possession and as for Polly Ann Nichols, she was so poor that she was told to leave her lodgings on the day of her murder because she could not afford the rent. The source also tells us that the murderer was a "... demented being." This is because we learn that there was an overuse of murder. Jack the Ripper may have killed his victim by stabbing them once or twice, but the fact that he used "... extraordinary violence ..." for example, he had stabbed Martha Turner thirty nine times before stopping, meant that he possibly had a passion for killing. ...read more.

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Source D showed that no one knew very much about Jack the Ripper and although people claimed that they knew who Jack the Ripper was, there were very few eyewitness accounts. Those that were given most of the time proved to be false or inappropriate. To most people in London, Jack the Ripper could have been anyone they saw walking alone on the streets at night. Baljit Bhambra 10 red Jack the Ripper Q4. Use source F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper? The nineteenth century policing methods proved to be not as good as they were expected to be. To improve the policing methods the government set up to groups of police in London, the City and the Metropolitan. The problem with these two forces was that they never got on, so therefore could not well together. The two forces never shared their information so if Jack the Ripper was in the area that was covered by the City police force and then crossed over to the that was covered by the Metropolitan police force, Jack the Ripper would get away because the City police would not inform the Metropolitan police. This is one of the reason how and why he avoided being captured by the police. The police also discovered that they could use bloodhounds, a large dog with an excellent sense of smell, to find Jack the Ripper. This however, also failed because they did not know how to train the dogs to the correct ability and therefore found that the dogs were no use to them. DNA testing is a very valuable way of finding murderers these days, yet in those days scientist did not know much about DNA testing. ...read more.

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Source I and J show that the sites and houses in Whiechapel were very close together. There were two type of lodging at this time, which were St. Giles Rookery and the Penny Rope. The St. Giles Rookery was a conglomeration of building built on, around, behind and above exiting building to form a larger area. The Penny Rope was a room with a long rope hanging from one wall to another. It was placed low down so people could sit down and lean on the rope to sleep. This proved difficult for the police to catch Jack the Ripper, if they may have had a lead on him because he could run into a lodging and hide between the people covering his face, so no one would see him. On the whole, my verdict on the statement is that the police are not to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper. There are many reason why I am saying this. They are because firstly although their policing method were not very good, they did try new and different things, for example introducing the bloodhounds dogs. So even thought they tried different things that failed, the majority of the public did not give the police any support or guidance. They thought the police were useless and a waste of space. Also, if the people of the town were not so bothered about getting a reward they could have helped the police to find Jack the Ripper. I think that things were beyond the control of the police. Jack the Ripper was a very clever and cunning man because he was out killing people and no one, even now, knows who Jack the Ripper was. ...read more.

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