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

Eyewitness - source related review

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

3. Source D is the evidence of Elizabeth long at the inquest into the death of Annie Chapman. As this source is a witness account is reliable in some aspects and unreliable others. As it is an actual witness account it may be hampered by the person's personal views or prejudices, however since it was taken soon after the murder it is more likely to be based on the facts of time rather than later on deductions. The statement itself is about the man seen talking to Annie Chapman the night she was murdered. Source E is Part of an article published in a local newspaper after the murders of Polly Nicholls and Annie Chapman, as it is in a newspaper it is likely to be dramatized, it is only an extract of the article and may be taken out of context; since it was published soon after the murders it is probably mostly based on facts rather than theories. The witness statement from Elizabeth long would not have been considered reliable in a murder enquiry due to its vagueness and uncertainty with phrases such as 'I think', 'I cannot be sure' And 'as far as I could tell' being used. Despite the length of the statement we do not actually find out much information about the man we only know that he was wearing a deerstalker hat, might have been wearing a long coat, could have been over forty and was 'a bit taller than the deceased'. ...read more.

Middle

They tried to put policemen on the street dressed as prostitutes however this did not work as most refused to have their beards shaven off thus ruining their disguise. Bloodhounds were used to track down the Ripper but given that they had neither clothing nor blood of the Ripper this proved unsuccessful. The main ways in which the police attempted to catch the Ripper were: the use of bloodhounds, disguised policemen, interviewing people and sending out leaflets the latter of which may have been more successful if a reward had been offered. Source G explain why reward money was not offered for information leading to the capture of Jack the Ripper however we must remember that it is dated 17/9/88 - only after the second murder - and we do not know if things changed after that date. However If they did not their then would be no reason for the people of Whitechapel to offer any information, especially with the police forces unsavory reputation at the time. 5. The police were not completely to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper. There were many other factors that contributed to this. Jack the Ripper himself used various different methods to escape capture, the media played an important role, there were also problems with witnesses and the Whitechapel area also helped him to avoid capture. ...read more.

Conclusion

One other important piece of evidence that was found on the night of the double event was a piece of Eddowes apron that was found on a nearby doorstep, it had been used to wipe a knife and assumed to have been dropped there by the Ripper. After the cloth was found the police attempted to use bloodhounds to track down the Ripper, this shows the intelligence of the police as they used what little evidence they had to attempt to find the Ripper and also the use of bloodhounds at the time was rare. The police were also hampered by their reputation for brutality and were thought to be incompetent and untrustworthy, due to this people were reluctant to come forward with any information that they had about the murders. The 2 square mile in the centre of London had its own separate police force to the rest of London this could cause problems with investigations as no information was transferred between the two, the blame could be attributed to both police forces for not working closer together. The main reasons that the police could not be blamed for not capturing the ripper were: they were undermanned and under resourced this was not the fault of the police and could not be helped. Because Whitechapel was a maze of unchartered dark alleyways and dingy streets it would not have been hard for the ripper simply to disappear after each murder without the police having a hope of finding them. ...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 History Projects 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 History Projects essays

  1. Jack the ripper - What can you learn from source A about the murders ...

    2/ Source C is a doctor's report on the body of Elizabeth Stride carried out at the scene of the murder. She was found in Dunfields Yard off Berner Street in Whitechapel. We can see from Source C that Elizabeth Stride was found lying on her side 'across the passage.'

  2. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Review

    Other plot contrivances stretch credibility to breaking point, but having said that disbelief is willingly suspended provided the story is viewed as a fable, rather than a historically accurate piece. For the ending alone, this is a story worth suspending disbelief for, but more on that later.

  1. Jack the Ripper - source related questions and answers.

    The similarities between source C and B are; they are both reports that describe the bodies. And the differences between these source is that source B hints that the murderer had anatomical knowledge whilst source C is an only a description of the body and how it was placed.

  2. Jack the Ripper questions and answers.

    There were several witnesses that saw Elizabeth Stride talking to a man, who perhaps was the killer. At 11:45pm, William Marshall saw her talking to a middle aged man, who was about five feet six inches in height. He was wearing a round cap with a peak and appeared to be educated.

  1. Jack The Ripper -source based

    Source A does not conflict with the information of the other sources but is not as reliable or informative either. It does not give detailed accounts of the cases and doesn't give any facts, just people's comments. The writer was not a witness to the scene of the crime as

  2. jack the ripper

    According to the doctor "in the neck there was a long incision, cutting the windpipe in two." This is why we believe Elizabeth Stride to be a ripper victim. However, source C differs to source B, source B talks about who what the killer could be according to the incisions.

  1. Jack the Ripper - What can you learn from Source A about themurder of ...

    It stated that: "The practice of offering reward for the discovery of criminals was discontinued some years ago because experience showed that such offers of reward tended to produce more harm than good. The Secretary of State is satisfied that there is nothing in the circumstances of the present case to justify a departure from this rule".

  2. Elizabethen Source Investigation

    This law creates a chance for a woman to see their child when once divorced. Although 39 years into 1839, this law provides more choices for a more open-minded view on women's laws. In 1847, a factory act was passed stating that women were to work more than 10 hours a day.

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