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Jack the Ripper - Why were the police unable to catch jack the ripper?

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Jack the Ripper - Why were the police unable to catch jack the ripper? It is probable that in modern-day society Jack The Ripper may have been caught. There are many possible reasons why Victorian police were unable to catch the notorious Ripper. The Ripper is thought to have been very clever in the way he operated and manipulated both the main police forces in London at the time, who were both in competition to catch him. Jack cleverness, in my opinion is one of the reasons that he was never caught. There are many clever criminal in our day and age that are still at large and it is their skills which keep them covered. Jack the Ripper was very careful with what he did and left no clues for the police to work with. None of the descriptions of the killer given by witnesses ever matched. Although the ripper's modus operandi was very similar he always struck at random and there was no established connection between himself and his victims. Being the first British serial killer, the Metropolitan police force or Criminal Intelligence Unit had no experience in dealing with serial killers or any other type of murderer. Jack was also far too sly and quick for them to catch. He would hardly ever leave any clues and even if he did, they seemed to be useless or led police officer to dead ends. ...read more.

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Although his killings attracted a lot of attention, while he carried out his devilish acts he never drew attention to what he was doing and this prevented him from being caught. The killer was a very clever and sly person. His strategic killing and navigation of London boundaries meant he strung along both the competing police forces. When in uniform, forces had boundaries which any of the other force was not allowed to cross. The Ripper played this to his advantage killing in both districts. This meant he could easily kill in one and flee to the other for another kill without being followed for his previous murder. The handling of major evidence was also a downfall in the case. The acts of Sir Charles Warren show how the police did not have any expertise in handling evidence. Warren ordered his men to rub of the message stating, 'The Juwes Are The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing'. He believed it would cause local Jews to be targeted. Below this message lay a blood soaked piece of apron which was used as evidence. If both of these messages were combined by the killer then by destroying one you are destroying another useful lead. Another reason for why the killer was never killed can be associated with this message. It was widely believed that the killings had a Masonic connection. ...read more.

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This meant they had no expertise in solving murders The police had no idea how to solve crime as their expertise lay in the prevention. Prevention was there strongest point and they didn't know how to work in any other manner. The first thing that the Metropolitan police did when the serial killing started was increase police on the street. We can see this had no affect as not one police officer ever saw the ripper or came close to catching him. Jack the Ripper was never caught because the police were still very naive, inexperienced and did not have the modern day methods that we use to track down killer in the twenty-first century. Jack the Ripper left very little evidence and no major leads. This gave the police nothing to follow up but hoaxes which they hoped were genuine. Time was wasted chasing up fake letters that were made by the general Whitechapel. The killer was think logically and it was his skills, quickness and quietness in killing which helped him remain untraceable. He played a game with both police forces logically pitting them against each other. The fact that both police forces kept key evidence from each other and decided to compete instead of join forces meant that their searches were useless. In my opinion all of these reason added to the reasons why the infamous Jack the Ripper was never caught or brought to justice. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gary Cummins Candidate no. 1036 Centre no. 61121 ...read more.

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