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Jack The Ripper 1. Source A can teach us a number of things about the murder of Polly Nichols and Martha Tabram, but it is hard to determine whether this information is entirely factual or just information that the newspaper has exaggerated to sell. Victorians liked to be shocked so maybe the newspaper wanted to make the article as horrifying as possible. Despite all this the article still tells you that people were taking these murders very seriously. The murder of Polly Nichols was unusual as the killer appeared to have no motive "No adequate motive in the shape of plunder can be traced." In those times most people were murdered for money, yet at the time of her death Polly Nichols had no money with her. The people of London were shocked because the murders of Polly Nichols and Martha Tabram were so peculiar; neither of them were mugged or raped but mutilated. People felt insecure and scared by these unusual killings, the fact that already the murders of these two women had been linked shows that there was a complex investigation. ...read more.

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If a victim of the Ripper screamed not many heads would turn because there were so may drunks around at night and strange noices went by unnoticed. Overall I think that sources D and E are partly useful to help you understand how the Ripper was able to avoid capture. In some aspects they explain different reasons of how the Ripper was able to avoid captue but neither are entrily trustworthy. 4. The police used many different strategies to find information to help their investigation on the Ripper murders. But some of their actions were foolish and consequently vital evidence was destroyed for example when writing was found on a wall regarding the Jews the police decided they would wash it off. It could have helped with the Ripper case and could have been used as evidence. Souce F shows us that the police started taking the Ripper muders very seriously but not until after three attacks. The fact that the police had taken the time to publish those leaflets suggests that they were getting slightly desperate for some evidence to help their investigation. ...read more.

Conclusion

It states that someone had actually gone to the police and warned them that there was not enough order in the streets of the Whitechappel area, but the police disregarded this information. The area of Whitechappel was a dangerous and out of control area it was known for its "deficient ruffanism" yet the police did not try to get in under control. The police could have had a number of night watchmen out patrolling the streets of the Whitechappel area at nights and in the early hours of the morning. They could have tried to prevent drunks aimlessly roaming the streets and tried to prevent the overall crime rate. Source J shows the area in which the body of Annie Chapman was found, it was enclosed and in the evenings a dark shadowed space. The police should have tried to open up these sorts of places which would have made it herder for any sort of muder of assault to take place. Having considered all the evidence I think that the police were not completely to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper, limited resources and limited knowledge worked very much to their disadvantage. ...read more.

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