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Why were the police unable to catch jack the ripper?

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Q3: Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper? Throughout Jack the Rippers gruesome murder neither the Metropolitan police nor the city of London police were able to catch or identify Jack the ripper. There were many contributing factors, which meant that it was proved impossible for Jack the ripper to be caught as many obstacles stood in their way. This included, the environment of Whitechapel, which consisted of dark streets with little lighting, alleyways and poverty. This meant that even if any one saw jack the ripper they were unable to identify him, as it was impossible for them to distinguish features or actions that he may be performing. Poverty surrounded Whitechapel, which meant that many of the women turned to prostitution for a living and many of the citizens of Whitechapel were alcoholics which meant that many of the witness' statements could not be trusted as many of these witness' could have been drunk. ...read more.


Whitechapel was used to having strangers in the town as it was situated near a port. This meant that foreigners entered and left London often. Many of these travellers used prostitutes and as no on knew them it was hard for the police to sum up evidence against them. Many of these foreigners were from the navy or working in boats. If the travellers were Jack the ripper they could easily leave the country, uncaught without any notice been taking any of them. This made it extremely difficult for the police to interview possible Jack's or to find the person, who fitted descriptions. The newspapers received many letters claiming to be from Jack the ripper. Many of these letters could have contained information about Jack himself, the murders he had committed or the murders he was to commit in the future. As the newspapers received hundreds of letters it is logical to think that most, if not all of these letters were not from jack himself, but were from fakes. ...read more.


see Jack their description ay not compare to those which were fake as many just wished for the Jews to be blamed. This also mean t that as there were a lot of variation between the statements it meant that there was also a lot of suspects who made it harder to distinguish who Jack was. In conclusion I believe the main contributing factor for Jack not being caught was that there was too many leads and too little time to pursue these leads. The many letters and a wide variety of witness, created these leads. Also the environment mean t that it was very hard for the police to catch jack red-handed and this was proved when Queen Victoria herself called for "better street lighting". The police were not equipped to deal with a serial killer, as jack was the first known serial killer and this was shown by the incompatible decisions made between the Metropolitan police and the city of London police which often differed. All of these factors lead to Jack the ripper to get away. ...read more.

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