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

Jack the Ripper - source based work.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jack the Ripper coursework 1. The first thing that we learn from source A about the murder of Polly Nicholls is that , at the time, some people believed that the murder was also connected to the murder of another woman, Martha Tabram. The writer of the newspaper article believes that both crimes were "the work of a demented being" as "extraordinary violence" was used, therefore suggesting that he believed that the crimes were connected. From the source we learn that 'extraordinary violence" was used in both although the newspaper may be exaggerating this fact, as it is a local newspaper. We can assume that murders similar to this in the East End of London were unusual at the time as the newspaper describes them as "singular". We are also told by the Newspaper that "excess of effort" was used in both Polly Nichols case and Martha Tabram's, suggesting that both murders were premeditated and that the murder was not an act of self defense. We can also deduce from the fact that she was described by the newspaper article as being of the "poorest of the poor" that money was clearly not a motivating factor in the murder of Polly Nicholls. 2. Source C is a doctor's report on the body of Elizabeth Stride. ...read more.

Middle

To a lesser extent the fact that it is secondary evidence makes it not as useful as source D. Source E is prejudiced against the police force, so is therefore not very useful as we are only being given information the journalist is using to try and persuade us to agree with him. The source suggests that the police force was not strong enough and did not do enough to try and reduce the amount of crime. The source suggests that at night particularly there was not enough order, this would make the task of catching Jack the Ripper even harder as they had all the other crimes to deal with as well. The Source does, however, provide some useful evidence as it informs us that "The main thoroughfares of Whitechapel are connected by a network of narrow, dark and crooked lanes" which would make it easy for Jack the Ripper to escape, if he knew the area well. 4. From source F we can learn that the police tried to find witnesses or informers by distributing leaflets after the murders of Catherine Eddows and Elizabeth Stride. This method was not very effective as local residents did not trust the police force so in addition to distributing leaflets the police visited common lodging houses to interview people staying there. ...read more.

Conclusion

One thing that the police did not do, according to source G, was to offer a reward to anyone who discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper, even though this could lead to false leads. I believe that it would have been a great help to the police force as they did not have the support of the working class, who were the people most likely to have any useful information and a reward could have persuaded them to reveal any information. In conclusion I do not believe that the police were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper. The police are to blame to a certain extent but at that time the role of the police was limited in investigating and solving crimes. The police also suffered from a lack of technology, for example now the police have the use of forensics to aid them. To a greater extent, the fact that the people at the time did not give the police the support that they needed to carry out their jobs properly is one reason why Jack the Ripper was never caught but, to an even greater extent, the skill and care that Jack the Ripper used is why he was never caught. The environment in which Jack the Ripper operated in also made it harder for the police to capture him as "the main thoroughfares of Whitechapel are connected by a network of narrow, dark and crooked lanes." 1 ...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. To what extent wasBritain Romanised

    fine mosaic floors; Fishbourne also comprises an enormous garden at the centre of the palace, framed by box hedges, and an "audience chamber", built in the classical style of architecture. There are numerous other villas built in the Roman style across southern Britain, built to house the Roman officials and

  2. Jack the Ripper questions and answers.

    Seven-six butchers and slaughterers were questioned, though they had been dismissed as possible suspects by the coroner at the inquest into the death of Annie Chapman. Sailors on the Thames River boats were also questioned and bloodhounds were used to follow the scent of the killer, but neither method ended with any clues or suspects.

  1. History Extension Major Work- The 1932-33 Bodyline Series

    Jardine's intent was to win not at all costs but within the rules. He succeeded in this aim. The genuine hero in the eyes of many of the series was the Australian captain, Bill Woodfull. Woodfull, a man of quiet dignity and integrity refused to exploit the rules, as Jardine

  2. Jack the Ripper Source Analysis Coursework

    Some members of the public believed the police's investigation was inadequate and formed the Mile End Vigilance Committee, who took the search for the Ripper into their own hands. They evidently took the matter very seriously as they wrote to the home secretary asking him to supply a reward (Source G).

  1. What Reasons Did The HSCA Have in 1979 for Suggesting That President Kennedy Was ...

    This would undermine the Warren Commissions 'lone assassin' conclusion. The grassy knoll was in the perfect position for someone to shoot Kennedy. Eyewitness accounts support that there could have been someone there, including Julie Ann Mercer, who had driven by Dealey Plaza before the assassination, who said she saw a

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

    This is because most of the back-to-back houses around the country were knocked down, and better housing was built to replace them. Back-to-back houses are now very unusual, which means that the back-to-back houses in the Jewellery Quarter are also unusual.

  1. Elizabethen Source Investigation

    In 1873, women were allowed to see their children if they got divorced. This meant, that woman was becoming more active within the, 'custody of infants act.' In 1877, Sophie Jex Blake, was the first woman doctor allowed to practice.

  2. Am I not a Man and a brother?

    That was the only time we could study his innocent baby face in detail, but deep in our heart, we knew, one day, Samuel would work as a slave like us.

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