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Jack the Ripper - source related analysis.

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History - Jack the Ripper Coursework By Ahmed Jamil Exam no. 8571 1. I can learn from source A that the extract from the East End. Observe newspaper provides the reader a meticulous outlook of the brutal murders of the forty-two year old Polly Nichols, whose body was found in Buck's Row, Whitechapel and the thirty-nine year old Martha Tabram. The way which the crime was carried out on Polly Nichols was extremely extraordinary and brutal. First of all, the murders were not a coincidence and were peculiar as the fashion by which they were murdered was carried out by "a demented being". The killings were peculiar because there was no sufficient motive involving any means of theft or assault in order to get money, as the victims were "the poorest of the poor". Furthermore, the article describes and links the violence used in the killings on a catastrophic scale and mentions that the extremity levels reached had been so brutal that no such murders had ever been witnessed before. In addition, the berserk effort of the murderer depicts a person who possesses animal behaviour and clearly a lunatic that "startled" and perturbed London. The two murders shared common patterns and links. 2. The evidence provided by Dr. Fredrick Blackwell in source C supports the East End article & the Coroner's report to a certain extent, albeit they are based upon different victims. The evidence provided in source C supports sources A and B by the fact that all the victims were murdered in an odious & brutal method. ...read more.

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Also, another feature the source gives is that there was widespread ruffianism and crime so the Ripper murders were not standing out at the beginning so this makes the source a little less useful. Furthermore, the source describes Whitechapel as being an insecure and ominous area connected by poorly lit and narrow paths, so clearly Jack the Ripper could have easily absconded. 4. The investigations carried out by Scotland Yard and London's metropolitan police used many different and most of the time, unsuccessful methods when they were trying to capture the notorious criminal Jack the Ripper. The police leaflet provided in source F regarding the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes portrays the disparateness of the police when they attempted to capture the criminal. Immediately, the reader pictures how the perplexed police were dealing with the matter. In my opinion, this method seems to be unreliable and unprofessional because not only were the residents unhappy with the police procedures in Whitechapel but as the East End was characterised by slums, poverty and crime, many people would take this opportunity to accuse people whom they did not actually like for the murders which they had not even committed. The leaflet is written in an unintelligent layout as the text states "...suspicion is attached...", the fact that people should report someone who they are suspicious of is clearly going to overcrowd police stations as they will receive too many reports from too many suspicious people. ...read more.

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The police are not to be blamed entirely as they were faced with an adversary that picked on prostitutes who belonged to the lowest social class. The prostitutes had to maintain a private and discreet life in order for them to carry out their 'jobs', they were also disconnected from family and friends so nobody really paid any attention to their existence. This was the perfect environment for Jack the Ripper, and the police had no power over this apart from advising some of the prostitutes. The police were frequently faced with dark murder scenes consequently this low visibility made it even harder to catch the criminal. At that time, police were not equipped with the technology we possess today, such as forensic science, finger printing, and blood typing. Finger printing was not developed at that time, and blood typing was only developed in the early 20th century, approximately after the murder rampage ended by 23 years, this meant that any blood that could have been the murderers could not be identified or classified. Over the years, many professional and amateur sleuths have put forth various suspects. Many of which belonged to the aristocratic social class or possibly working for the police because the murderer must have been well protected somehow-but they are all assumptions. But if the murderer did not belong to any of these two categories, then he must have blended well with a crowd of people to avoid capture, so the police had a laborious time searching for him. And I conclude that either way, they are to blame. By Ahmed Jamil ...read more.

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