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Jack the Ripper

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Jack the Ripper Study Source A What can you learn from Source A about the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls? (6marks) Source a suggests that the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls were brutal and callous. Source A also gives the impression that the women were prostitutes and that the murders were not committed in order to steal from them. As well as this Source A implies that London had not seen murders this horrid previously, as it refers to London being shocked. Moreover, the article also alleges that a psychopath committed the murders, because he vigorously abused the bodies, after he killed the women. The newspaper wanted to emphasise how brutal the murders were. I think that this article has been exaggerated and has sensationalised the case. Sources A, B and C Does the evidence of source C support the evidence of sources A and B about the Ripper murders? Explain your answer. (8marks) The evidence of Source C vaguely supports the evidence of source A because there is some relation into how the murders were violent and cruel. However, the two sources contrast greatly. Firstly, Source A is aimed at the middle-classed public, which means that it may have been written to entertain or with intention to pull in readers. Contrastly, Source C is a report for investigators; it is about the injuries caused to Elizabeth Stride. Source C is a detailed report concentrating on the condition of the body when found. ...read more.

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Ultimately this source is adequately useful in helping us to understand why the Ripper was able to avoid arrest. Source E useful because it gives the impression that the Ripper was able to get away because of the lack of potency and efficiency in the London police force. Source E also implies that the police were ignorant towards the public. Source E part of an article published after the murders of Polly Nichols and Annie Chapman claiming that a 'informant' had warned the police repeatedly about the level of crime in Whitechapel. However no name of the informant is mentioned, nor what station he went to and it does not say who he spoke to neither does it say what date he warned the police. There are no facts or reasons to confirm the existence and actions of this 'informant'. The article talks of the inhumane condition of these neighbourhoods and the evil in the streets, lanes and alleys; the article uses exaggerated phrases and criticises the police force greatly. As well as this many middle-class reporters visit and write about the fateful alleys and crooked lanes of Whitechaple however, they all manage to come out of Whitechapel perfectly well and write about their death threatening experiences. In my opinion, the article exaggerated the condition of Whitechapel to entertain the middle-class public. In addition, I believe that there never was no informant and that the newspaper was using the police as a scapegoat to satisfy the public, as they would have someone to blame for the murders of the two women. ...read more.

Conclusion

Source F shows why this method was not very worthwhile for numerous reasons and although this may have been, a good idea not all was taken into consideration. The most important of which was that the police force did not have a very good reputation with the residents of Whitechaplel. Whitechapel was a low class area and police had reputation for targeting and picking on these poorer people in the lower classes and favouring the upper classes. Many of the residents had previously received bad treatment from police officers and they did not like them. Therefore, even if someone did have information they would probably not like the idea of going to the Bobby, as they may have felt threatened. Another reason why this was a failure was that it wasn't very informative and that dates were confusing as it informs the public to contact the police on the 30-09-88 but the leaflets were publisher on or after that date. However, the Police Force did not offer a cash reward for the discovery of criminals. Source G is a part of a letter from the Home Secretary, giving their reasons for not offering a reward. They claim that offering a reward would be a useless method to find the killer. They also, give that impression that they believe people would come forward with false evidence in order to gain a reward. In my opinion if it was the evidence was asked for from the middle class public there would be a reward, I think this because in the police gave the impression that the residents of Whitechapel were rouges. Anjumjahan Hakim Rough Copy ...read more.

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