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In August 1888, the first of a series of murders was committed by a killer who became known as Jack the Ripper - source based questions

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Jack The Ripper In August 1888, the first of a series of murders was committed by a killer who became known as Jack the Ripper. To this day the identity of the killer remains a mystery. Five women were brutally killed in the East End of London, by a maniac who appeared to kill without warning and with no remorse. 1)What can you learn from Source A? Source A tells us that the two murders were aimed directly at the poorest people in East End at the time, and usually because of the poverty at that time, the women had to revert to prostitution so this tells us that the murderer had a great dislike for poor people or mainly prostitutes, but there was no clear motive for him to do it. It also tells us that these two murders had been done with an extra amount of effort, which later becomes his signature way of murdering, so that this informs us that the killer may not have had a motive, but he knew what he was doing, so he wasn't totally insane. 2)Does Source C support the evidence of Sources A and B? ...read more.

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The article says that it is basically the police's fault that these murders keep happening because they should have strengthened and he went from each police station to another, but with no avail. This is saying that the police didn't pay any attention until the first murder happened. Then the informant claimed he told the police more was to happen unless they acted on the "ruffianisms" on the streets and night. This had no effect. This gives a large effect of bias, because this is all based on the story of one man. But it talks about the back streets of Whitechapel which are all connected in a network of crooked lanes, which is where they found most of the victims. They are both useful but Source D seems more useful because it gives a description of the Killer, while Source E just basically concentrates on what happened with the informant and doesn't help much. 4) Study Sources F and G-sources and own knowledge to explain how the police tried to catch the police Source G is a part of a letter from the Home Secretary to the Mile End Vigilance Committee on 17 September 1888, and it is saying that the reward system for the discovery of a criminal was discontinued some years ago because it caused more harm than good, and that recent events circumstances cant justify the rule being brought back. ...read more.

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5)'The Poilce were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper' I agree with this statement because Police in the 1880's wouldn't have known about serial killers and even known how to deal with them. Also they wanted to put up a reward to motivate the people to help but the Home Secretary refused to let the rule up. They were also given false lines of enquiry and they relied heavily on the press that also led them on wild goose chase. The detective methods were also slowly evolving, so no fingerprints, DNA tests or anything could be used as they were all in the early stages of their development. There were also differences in opinion. For example Mary Kelly- Dr. Bond though her time of death was between 1:00 AM and 2:00 AM, and Dr. Phillips thought that is was between 5:00 AM and 6:00AM. This didn't help the police with the evidence of the witnesses either. The primitive ways of the police and the fact that the Metropolitan Police didn't get along with the City of London police, they were un-cooperative so this slowed down things even further. When the first victim was killed, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police was out of the country, so the officers were left to figure things out for themselves whit no guidance. Jack The Ripper Sharna Sutherland ...read more.

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