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Jack the Ripper Coursework Assignments Question One Study Source A What can you learn from source A about the murder of Polly Nicholls? Source A is part of an article in the East End Observer describing the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls; it is a summary of the two murders. The East End Observer is linking the two murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls, but there is actually no proof that they are linked. From studying source A, I can conclude that she, Polly Nicholls was a murder victim maybe connected to the one of Martha Tabram. Both were in the previous month, but which were mutually unique as that the victims were both of the low class, shown in the report as; "...poorest of the poor..." The murder is shown to have 'no adequate motive' to why Polly Nicholls would have been killed or who this killing was committed by. The murder was a shock to everyone in London, as the passage states that they were poor, and there would be no reason for the murder as they would be no reason to rob them for money as of their social class. Polly Nicholls was brutally killed and had 'extraordinary violence' taken out on her, which may suggest that she would have horrific wounds, and that it would have been committed by someone unusual to society such as a 'demented being', although this that he is demented is just a suggestion and not a fact. Question Two Study Sources A, B & C Does the evidence of source C support the evidence of sources A and B about the Ripper murders? ...read more.


As well as appealing for anymore general information. In this leaflet they state; "...supposed by someone residing in the immediate neighbourhood." This lead to enquiries made by the police. The police did not state any kind of description of the killer, this portrays the police was very clueless, still after four murders they have no clue to who the killer is, hence came publicising of the leaflet showing they have no other means of finding the killer. The head of the Metropolitan Police sent a letter to the Mile End Vigilance Committee explaining why the police stopped a reward, as it could cause "...more harm than good." This may have been an advantage as it could have encouraged hoax witnesses after the reward who didn't really know anything about the murders. But they did not actually state a reason why or a rule to why it was stopped, so this says to me 'How serious did they actually take it?' The police carried out house to house enquiries, which was lead on from thinking the killer was local. The police evidently had more police on the beat through Whitechapel; this is shown when another body was found after the murder of Elizabeth Stride. When Watkins passed through Mitre Square at 1.30am he saw nothing, but on his return at 1.44am he found a body who belonged to Catherine Eddowes, but at 1.42am another policeman had been through the square and seen nothing. Police also went under cover dressing out of uniform in plain clothing, some even dressed as prostitutes to try and entice the prostitute serial killer. ...read more.


All these articles though may just be exaggeration from the newspapers as in the first article it states the killer as a "...demented being..." which of course was not really there fault if the press exaggerated their information. The media had a lot of involvement in the Jack the Ripper serial killer case; the newspapers also released letters supposedly from 'Jack the Ripper' which caused a lot of interest from the public. Another factor which may not have been the polices fault, was that when they stopped the reward there was an advantage as they could have had hoax witnesses coming forward who just wanted the reward. It was also not the polices fault that they were not trained for dealing with such serious cases as serial killers, although the police were made of middle class people with not the highest of intelligence, but then again they had no idea of what a serial killer was. So overall I do believe that the police were partially to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper with the factors such as, not following or investigating more into possible leads such as not listening to witnesses and following professionals straight away. Also not interviewing informants even though they may have been unreliable there may have been some truth in the information. Another factor was not using new methods to best abilities. Although not all of it may have been the police's fault as of the non sufficient training they received and the out of proportion media that stemmed from this serial killer. Heather Dorey Page 1 of 9 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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