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How well did the police conduct their investigation on Jack the Ripper?

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How well did the police conduct their investigation? On the night of the double event, graffiti thought to be left by the ripper and a piece of Catherine Eddows blood stained apron was found. The decision to rub away the writing from the wall in fear of provoking anti Semitism was given the go ahead by City police office Warren. I feel this was a major mistake as the writing on the wall should have been photographed first and could have been linked to hand writing in letters later confirmed to be by Jack the Ripper. I feel this is a very vital mistake the police force made. In 1879 the instructions for dealing with a murder was that 'the body must not be moved, nor anything about it or in the room or place interfered and the public must be excluded' However, the police didn't follow those orders. Clues and evidence could have been lost. The police were careless and if they had a structured technique after dealing with the murders then more information and evidence could have been gathered. ...read more.


Also the discovery of the leather apron, led to the belief that "Leather Apron" was the serial killer. Though several cobblers and others were arrested and later released. In conclusion I feel that the police force were under a lot of pressure. This was because the Jack the Ripper murders created suspense and people were anxious to get hold of the serial killer and they were under a lot of pressure from the media. Even though they did attempt to use new methods to try and catch Jack the Ripper, such as the use of bloodhounds. Unfortunately this wasn't very effective because they were unable to find any evidence. I feel that one of the main mistakes that the police force made and that is one of the reason why they were unable to find Jack the Ripper, was that they had a lack of communication and their inability to recognize early on the significance of the crimes. What were the major barriers to the investigation? ...read more.


However, this was a huge limitation as the Jack the Ripper had to be caught literally in the act. This made it extremely hard to find the killer. Police forces would work on crimes committed and investigate ones in their boroughs, however because Catherine Eddows was murdered outside the borough another police force began to investigate it. Although they generally worked well together, their failure to cooperate and share information and findings hindered their investigations. This was important as every piece of evidence was vital. The lack of forensic technology, fingerprint analysis, the fact that they lacked knowledge of the behaviour of serial, (apparent motiveless), murderers and the development of photography, (crime scenes) proved to be a major hindrance in the investigation of Jack the Ripper. Based on this, I don't think it would be fair to say that the police did not try. Although some officers may not have worked to their full potential, most did. There have been so many advances in detective work since 1888 - like fingerprinting, blood analysis, inter-force communication, radio and telephones, criminal suspect profiling, e-fits, computer databases and DNA profiling. ?? ?? ?? ?? 26th January 09 History ...read more.

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