• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why Were The Police Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why Were The Police Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper? There were lots of reasons why the police were unable to catch Jack the ripper. This essay will explain some of these reasons. One of the reasons why Jack the Ripper was so hard to catch was that he was quick and cleaver. He would act like a client and start talking to the prostitute. Then she would take him to a dark deserted place were he would kill them. In doing this it meant that there was no struggle to get them off the main street and into an alleyway because they didn't know his intentions until it was to late. When it eventually came to killing her he would first strangle her so that she couldn't cause too much attention. ...read more.

Middle

The alleys were also very narrow and often deserted at night. This made the perfect conditions for what Jack the Ripper wanted to do and made it very difficult to escape or get help if you were one of his victims. The police at the time did not have as much technology as we do today. Now days if they find a hair or the murderer then they can find out what colour skin he/she has, his age, their sex, when they killed there victim and they can use the DNA to match there hair with there suspect, but back, then all they could tell was what colour hair they have. On the odd occasion when he did leave a clue or something to do with himself the police did not use it to its full potential. ...read more.

Conclusion

No one knows why so many people claimed to be Jack the Ripper, but it made the police's job a lot more difficult. Jack also left a few clues, which could of just been false leads, like a leather apron, which caused the police to think it may have been a workmen of some kind. My conclusion is that there are a number of reasons why the police could not catch Jack the Ripper. The area at the time gave him a big advantage over the police because it was so dark and narrow at night. I also think that the police were to blame for not catching him. They should have worked together instead of making like a competition, to see who could catch him first. But the police are not completely to blame for not catching Jack the Ripper. He was a very cleaver man who would confuse the police even today, with his false leads and trivial letters. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Jack the Ripper

    It was supposed that the horse and cart of Louis Diemschutz who worked near to the scene of the murder disturbed the Ripper. Because of this, the Ripper went and murdered a fourth prostitute named Catherine Eddowes less than half a mile away.

  2. How did the Police try to catch Jack the Ripper?

    This was done by increasing the number of police officers on the 'beat' and by the use of decoys (for example police officers dressing up as prostitutes to catch Jack). Although the increased amount of police officers on the 'beat' created a lull in crime in a generally dangerous area,

  1. Why were the police unable to catch jack the Ripper?

    With all the hoax letters given to them this just added to their ever growing problems. It is important to remember that murdered prostitutes were hardly the news or a respectable side of London society so the police gave them a low priority at first.

  2. Jack The Ripper

    Elizabeth Long was unclear in Source D about what he looked like, Elizabeth Long said, 'He looked to me like a foreigner as well as I could make out.' This would help Jack the Ripper avoid capture by the police because, they could not be certain if he was a

  1. Jack the Ripper - Whitechapel in the 1880's.

    If indeed written on the 30th September, this is the earliest known use of the name "Jack the Ripper." OCTOBER 1888 October 1, 1888 -- Coroner Wynne E. Baxter begins inquest into the murder of Elizabeth Stride at the Vestry Hall, Cable Street.

  2. Why was the "Ripper" able to get away with his murders? Why were the ...

    This encouraged the newspapers to write more about the "Ripper", sometimes quoting unreliable sources - which were also used by the police, leading them to false leads. As more and more of the public were getting interested in the "Ripper" murders, newspapers felt that they had to publish something on

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

    it had never been attempted before, they had no idea of where to start and what the best way of tracking him actually was. They didn't have training in what method to use and this meant they were unsuccessful in the methods they used.

  2. Jack the Ripper Sourcework

    caused so many murders because they would have been able to catch him. Overall, source D and E prove to be useful to show why Jack the Ripper was able to avoid capture at all times.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work