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How useful are sources D and E in helping you to understand why the Ripper was able to avoid capture?

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History Coursework Jack the Ripper Question Three Study Sources D & E. How useful are sources D and E in helping you to understand why the Ripper was able to avoid capture Jack the Ripper is an alias given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished Whitechapel area and adjacent districts of London, England in the latter half of 1888. The real name of this murderer was never found out because the killer managed to avoid capture or identification. Source D is 'the evidence of Elizabeth Long at the inquest into the death of Annie Chapman; she was describing the man seen talking to Annie before she was killed.' In this source Elizabeth is very vague and unsure of the person she was describing, I know this because she said things like "As far as I could tell", and this does not give a good indication to that she didn't exactly remember the appearance of the man she was identifying but is trying to help nevertheless. She also states that she 'thinks' the man was a foreigner, this implies that Elizabeth was a racist or that she just wanted to get back at someone for an unknown reason. ...read more.


Source E is 'Part of an article published in a local newspaper after the murders of Polly Nichols and Annie Tabram'. This article states there were not enough police, this shows that despite their hardest attempt at catching the Ripper there simply was not enough police to investigate and stop this fiend. The general public at this time obviously knew this and contacted the police to inform them of this problem, but the source says that the police 'were ignorant, to calls to strengthen the police force'. This shows a lack of dedication to the case, and this may have enabled the Ripper to escape. Also it says that 'The streets of Whitechapel were rife with violence and murder' This suggests that the police thought little of another murder and didn't take appropriate actions until it started to get more serious, then it was too late as the Ripper has already vanished. It seems to me the Ripper kept escaping capture after murder because the source tells me that 'The main thoroughfares of Whitechapel are connected by a network of narrow, dark, crooked lanes.' ...read more.


Therefore I find, although vague, this source is evidently written to inform rather than entertain, like source E. Other reasons Jack the Ripper avoided capture was that there already was plenty of criminal activity going on in Whitechapel, like prostitution, that criminal looking characters were probably a common appearance in this area and that they didn't attract the attention witch would have been attracted if Jack the Ripper was to walk and murder in an area of higher class. Another reason Jack the Ripper was able to avoid capture was that he was obviously clever with his killing for the time. He did this by trying to minimize the chances of a witness to the crime by performing the murder in a deserted area, and trying to avoid the victim screaming or making to much noise. In conclusion I did not personally find these two sources useful sources in helping me understand why Jack the Ripper was able to avoid capture for the fact that there were many other reasons Jack the Ripper evaded capture. Also it would be difficult for forensic scientists to figure out the identity of Jack the Ripper because technology was still remedial compared to the technology used today. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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