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

Jack the Ripper Question 5

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'The police were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper.' Use all the sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this view. I disagree, the police were not to blame for not capturing the Ripper as he was a very clever man with no motive to kill and he also didn't leave any clues behind so therefore the police didn't have anything to investigate from. As we can see in source H, part of an article published in the Times after the murder of Mary Kelly. 'The murders, so cunningly continued, are carried out with a complete ruthlessness which altogether baffles investigators. Not a trace is left of the murder, and there is no purpose in the crime to afford the slightest clue.' We can infer that it must have been extremely hard for the police with nothing to work with. The police were also not to blame for not catching the Ripper as Whitechapel was in a condition which could have made the Ripper kill even more people. It wasn't all down to the police as we can see clearly in source E an article published in a newspaper after murders of Polly Ann Nichols and Annie Chapman, 'Whitechapel are connected by a network of narrow, dark and crooked lanes. ...read more.

Middle

Source F a police leaflet says the following, 'should you know of any person to whom suspicion is attached, you are earnestly requested to communicate at once with the nearest police station', this leaflet was distributed to 80,000 houses. The police shouldn't be entirely blamed as they visited lodging houses and interviewed around 2,000 lodgers, sailors were also questioned. They took pictures of the victims which would have been very useful. In Mary Kelly's case she was the only one to have had her picture taken at the scene of the crime unlike the other four. At the time there was anti-Semitism towards the police, this would have stopped communication between the police and the people, which would have been harder for the police to capture the Ripper. The police did what they could have done at the time, with no forensic evidence, CCTV cameras DNA identification, finger printing and a national organised police force that we have today. As the killer struck randomly and only met his victims by chance made it harder for the police in 1888. However the police could have been blamed for reasons such as losing crucial evidence such as the message on the wall about the Jews which ...read more.

Conclusion

People in Whitechapel had no respect for the police, this is the reason why they mocked them and blamed them harshly for not catching the Ripper. George Hutchinson who was a prime suspect for Mary Kelly was not questioned at all by the police, which they should have done as his description was almost too good. The police should have given rewards as this would have motivated the people of Whitechapel to find the Ripper but in source G a part of a letter from the Home Secretary explains they shouldn't be offering rewards because 'offers of reward tended to produce more harm than good.' We also know that the murders either took place in Whitechapel or near Whitechapel, so therefore it should have been easier for the police to investigate and find him. We can see in source I the map of East London showing the sites of the murders and how close they were, if the police had put more policemen on patrol on every street at night then this could have resulted in them having a chance of catching the Ripper. In conclusion the police did what they could have done but they could of tried harder and to not have destroyed crucial evidence. ...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. History Jack The Ripper CW

    Any equipment that would have been useful was expensive, such as cameras or basic lights. The police failed to get a proper description of the Ripper. All of the statements taken from witnesses contradicted each other.

  2. Jack the Ripper questions and answers.

    Mary Kelly was found naked on her bed. Her abdomen, breasts and thighs had been cut off and the internal organs removed. Her face had been mutilated beyond recognition. The tissues of the neck had been slashed through to the bone. The majority off her organs were found near her body, apart from her heart, which was never found.

  1. Civil Rights question 5

    Though TV was an important source of media, there were two other major forms of media, newspapers and radio. Both of these had been around for a long time and were well established, and had covered major events in the past.

  2. Coursework assignment Jack the ripper

    Polly Nicholls was a sad woman who made a living from prostitution. The second victim, Annie Chapman, was also a separated wife who suffered from alcoholism and she was also homeless. The next victim, Elizabeth Stride, was also separated from her husband and used prostitution as a source of a living.

  1. From the evidence available, trace the development of the Jewellery Quarter in the ...

    - an 18th Century jeweller at his workbench. The same style curved bench was used and the same tools were used. This makes the Jewellery Quarter unique, as no one else still uses the same tools that were used 200 years ago.

  2. Jack The Ripper

    Which furthermore fuels speculation that both murders were carried out by the same person. However there are flaws in the Sources because Source C doesn't go into detail about the murder and the exact locations were mutilations had been taken place, whereas Source B goes into detail about the murder

  1. History coursewok - Jack the Riper - question 1

    Smaller punishments such as fines and whippings were also used to reform a criminal who committed a major crime. Robert peel form bury was the man behind the metropolitan police force he created this new police force in 1819 because he believed the methods being used to maintain peace were ineffective.

  2. History question 2 pickering castle

    to strengthen and enlarge the castle for example stone rather than just wood. I think that the Normans intended to establish control from the start in order to quell further rebellions. Pickering Castle was a local power base, and was used to extend the King's authority, as Beacon Hill was visible from the castle walls.

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