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

Jack The Ripper

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jack the Ripper 1. What can you learn from source A about the murder of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls? - Source A tells us that the murders were very violent, 'extraordinarily violent' and that they were shocking to the public at the time 'so startled London'. We can learn of the problems the police had finding a motive for the attacks, as the victims were the 'poorest of the poor' so they would not have been attack for money or to steal possessions. Whitechapel would not have been one of the best places for a robbery to happen as it was one of the most deprived areas in London so the motive of the murder was not financial gain. The article links the murders of Polly Nicholls and Martha Tabram by indicating that the police were dealing with a very violent serial killer. So therefore we can find out some useful information from the source 2. Does the evidence of source C support the evidence of sources A & B about the Ripper murders? - Source A is aimed at a very different audience, compared to Source B and Source C. As Source A is aimed at a mass market and is quite a popular tabloid newspaper as 'The Sun' or 'The Star' are today, the stories in tabloids are short, brief and don't go into a lot of factual detail. Sources B and C are both factual reports from Doctors. ...read more.

Middle

After Elizabeth Longs statement there was a lot of attention focused on the Jewish community in the east end but created no leads. Another method that the police could have used was offering a reward as shown in Source G. Although no rewards were offered as they had not been used in investigations for many years as it normally would cause more harm than it did good. This idea was brought up on the 17th September in a letter from the Home Secretary to the Mile End Vigilance Committee but at that time was not deemed necessary. And Despite more demands for a reward the home office still refused. After the two murders on 30th September, the number of police patrols increased and Police on the beat had to work night and day, seven days a week doing 14 hours shifts and walking 7.5 miles during the day and 2 miles at night, crisscrossing through streets and covering most of Whitechapel so the Ripper must have worked quickly in between when policemen crossed over one another leaving only about 5 minutes for Jack to kill. Some policemen even dressed as prostitutes to try and catch out The Ripper as there were no policewomen at this time it was not very convincing and did not help. 2000 lodgers, 76 butchers/slaughterers and sailors on the Thames where all interviewed and questioned also blood hounds were used to try to follow the scent of the killer but all of these tactics proved useless. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even if the police were able to track down and catch Jack the Ripper they might not have enough for an arrest as he left no evidence at the scene, the only way he could be arrested is if he confessed. The very few facts and information that the police had to go on were not particularly reliable the doctors reports could possibly be out of time, the witness reports do not match the doctors reports and you can never be sure of what people see, the 'dear boss' letters have never been proven to be from the actually Ripper and the evidence left at the Catherine Eddowes murder was tampered with. More than 90% or murders are carried out by acquaintances or friends/people known to the victims, but the Ripper murder victims appear to be complete strangers, killed because of a random meeting - being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even today murderers who kill for no apparent reason and work on chance are very difficult to catch especially if it is secretive and done carefully, leaving no trace of themselves behind. Jack the Ripper was a very cleaver or very lucky person and the police and scientific work at that time were not skilled or detailed enough to catch him, I do think that more could have been done on the part of the police but they went with what they knew at the time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 5 Alison Thurgood ...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. The police were to blamed for not catching jack the ripper use your knowledge ...

    This is proven in source G that is a letter to the mile end vigilant committee from the sectary of state It is also wise to note that the police were very much in there infancy the police force had been set up for crime prevention not for solving crimes.

  2. Jack the Ripper Question 5

    As the police had no real evidence they just arrested people randomly. The only way they could have captured the real Ripper is if they had caught him red handed.

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

    not have many police officers on the streets when they were advised they should. They still didn't listen to this advise after the first murder, but as I know they did put a lot more people on the street after the second.

  2. jack the ripper

    But back to source D, as stated it is a witness account into the death of Annie Chapman. The account given is very vague as she uses phrases like "I think" and "as far as I can tell." The main evidence probably come form the first line "he was dark

  1. Jack the Ripper questions and answers.

    Richardson was one of the witnesses who gave evidence about the murder. After the murders of the three women, the streets of Whitechapel were deserted at night, Newspapers featured articles on the murders and local people bombarded the police with information about anybody who acted strangely.

  2. Coursework assignment Jack the ripper

    This is a good idea as it would save the police from interviewing everyone in Whitechapel but the public did help the police as they came up with too many false witnesses and they gave information on people who acted the slightest unusual.

  1. History Jack The Ripper CW

    There are a variety of reasons why the Jack the Ripper murders became so high profile in the Victorian society of 1888. First of all, the reputation of Whitechapel was already a subject of much scorn and conversation among upper class Victorian society in 1888.

  2. Jack the ripper

    There was already to existing police forces before he done so; the Bow street runners and Thames river police force. Robert peel decided to set up the metropolitan police because he did not believe that the existing ones could control serious crimes such as riots.

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