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Kelly Price Jack the Ripper Coursework 1. Source A tells us about murderer and about the victims of the murders, it is part of an article in the East End Observer describing the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nichols. From the source we learn that the two victims of the murderer were the "poorest of the poor". It also describes that the murderer had no adequate motive for the killings. The murder is described as using "extraordinary violence". This phrase suggests that the killing was brutal and merciless. In the source it says that "both crimes are the work of the demented being", this gives me the impression that the murderer was mentally challenged and was unaware of what he was doing. At the beginning of source A, it describes how the two murders "startled London". The people of London were genuinely surprised about the two murders but there was also an atmosphere of panic. Women who fitted the description of the two victims; such as financially unstable prostitutes living in East End London were frightened that they could soon be victims too. 2. Source C does to some extent support the evidence of sources A and B because all three are referring to the murders of the women in East End London during the late 1800s. ...read more.

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attacked the police for not attempting to capture the murderer and not competent to do so; "the police force on the spot should be strengthened ad some kind of order created on the streets by night". 4. From the sources and my own knowledge, there is evidence to suggest that the police used a variety of methods to capture the murderer. Sources F and G identify the practical methods they tried and other evidence suggests several of their techniques used. Source F is a police leaflet published after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes. It is a useful source because it is an official police leaflet produced at the time of the murders. From the source, we learn that the police tried to collect as much evidence as possible from the public and were encouraging people to come forward with the evidence. Source G is part of a letter from the Home Secretary to the MileEnd Vigilance Committee on 17th September 1888. The source explains that the Government were not prepared to offer a reward for the discovery of criminals. The source suggests that in the past, offers of reward tended to produce more harm than good. This may be because people would come forward and 'claim' to know of the Whitechapel murderer to receive the reward. ...read more.

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The night after the police received the letter; Liz Stride and Kate Eddowes were murdered. The delay of the press sending the letter to the police could have meant that the police missed their only chance to capture the killer. Also, the press did not support the police force during the investigation, they felt they were incompetent to catch the killer; "the police force on the sot should be strengthened and some kind of order created on the streets by night". It is thought that the press may have actually helped the 'Ripper' remain free. The limitations of the police force made it difficult to investigate the case. They worked hard and followed every lead but their techniques were limited. Source D is an example of little evidence the police had to work from. Forensic evidence was not available at the time of the murders, the two police forces of London failed to co-operate and lack of reward for the local population all delayed the solving of the case. Also, the way that the police used evidence was poor. The case was difficult to investigate because the murderer had no motive for the murders; "no adequate motive in the shape of plunder can be traced". From the sources, we can learn that the police followed every lead and worked from little evidence. I feel that the police were not to blame for failing to capture 'Jack the Ripper'. ...read more.

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