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Question 1: What can you learn from source A about the murders of Martha Tabrum and Polly Nicholls. Source A is an article from a newspaper called the East End Observer, concerning the deaths of both Martha Tabrum and Polly Nicholls, it was published September 1888, a month after the murders. You can learn from source A is misleading because it is a newspaper article which originated from the East End Observer, the job of a journalist is to sensationalize situations and sell the magazine/newspaper. The motive of source A is to inform the reader and to make business of the story (bring more readers) and ear money reporting the news. The East End Observer succesed in doing this by firstly linking the two murders together "the last month are singular for the reason that the victims have been of the poorest of the poor" which suggests that they maybe the act of the same "serial killer", this also helps to inform the public that they were poor and therefore there may not be any motives. The only strong lead that the police had to track down the killer was the "excess of effort that has been apparent in every murder" this suggests the idea that both crimes are the work of a demented being "as the extraordinary violence used is the peculiar feature in each instance" which questions the reliability of the sources because they contradict each other. Question 2: Does the evidence of Source C support the evidence of Source A and B about the Ripper murders. Source A is a newspaper article about murders of Martha Tabrum and Polly Nicholls. ...read more.


This is because the lack of evidence and also the quality of the evidence given. There was also a barrier between the police and the general public this was a big factor because people did not feel comfortable enough to come forward with information this was later fuelled by the media blaming the police for not capturing the Ripper. The Sources are only useful for one thing and that is discovering why the Ripper was not captured, so therefore in my opinion they're not reliable because they are from the accounts of not well trusted organisations or people i.e. a prostituate and a newspaper. Question 4: Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper. The police tried to catch the Ripper in various different ways. One of them was to post leaflets to local people asking for information, suspects, witnesses and confessions etc. The police also patrolled White Chapel in larger numbers in the hope that they catch the criminal red handed. The police also collected useful evidence from the scene and autopsies of the women, they also gathered witness statements which helped them to narrow down their search. Source F is a police leaflet asking for witnesses or information towards the murders, they were distributed after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes, the aim of the leaflets was to gather more evidence and narrow down their search is was to also inform people of the murders and possibly get a witness or a suspect to come forward. Source G is a part of a letter written by the Home secretry to the Mile End vigilante committee on the 17th ...read more.


The police are not to be blamed for the lack of concrete evidence because they didn't have the technology to depict a hoax from a serious lead so therefore they had to take every lead given serious which wasted precious time. Other evidence was witness statements but these were quickly contradicting each other which made them unreliable because they stated the fact or characteristics that the suspect was wearing a "felt hat" this was very common in 1888. This resulted in the police being on a wild goose chase for the suspect. Other factors such as the safety of witnesses and the trust between the witnesses and the police also hindered the police in gathering substantial evidence. Jack the Ripper was not captured because of several reasons. Firstly the location of the murders were in a low class area so therefore not much was done about it then if it was committed in a high social class area. Frequent murders in the area were committed so police had trouble connecting murders to the Ripper also less time was taken to each murder because of how frequently they occurred. The Ripper had a high intelligence because he only took 15mintues to murder victims and had the sense to flee when disturbed, he only committed these crimes at night which was hard to keep track of. The police surely cannot be held responsible for not catching the Ripper, although they did distort crucial evidence and didn't function well as one body which is the police force. There investigations were unsuccessful due to the fact of lack of technology and science, interference from the media, vigilante groups and leadership problems all caused problems and were part of the reason the Ripper was not captured. By Michael Ogolo ...read more.

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