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GCSE HISTORY COURSEWORK JACK THE RIPPER 4. STUDY SOURCES F AND G USE SOURCES F AND G, AND YOUR OWN KNOWLEDGE, TO EXPLAIN HOW THE POLICE TRIED TO CATCH JACK THE RIPPER. Sources F and G give us two different methods the police used to try and catch Jack the Ripper. Source F is a police leaflet published after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes. The aim of it was to get people to come forward with any information they had on who the murder was. Already without even reading the leaflet you notice that there is a problem with the police using this form of communication to the public. In the nineteenth century there were a lot of illiterate and uneducated people living in the Eastend who would not have been able to read this leaflet. Also even if some people could read this leaflet it would have been unlikely they knew the killer. The leaflet asks people 'Should you know of any person to whom suspicion is attached, you are earnestly requested to communicate at once with the nearest Police Station Metropolitan Police Office ...' ...read more.


We know this because 'The Secretary of State is satisfied that there is nothing in the circumstances of the present case to justify a departure from the rules.' This is a clear indication that the police or the authorities did not see these murders as a major case worthy enough for opening a reward and this letter were their final word on it. The police also tried to catch Jack the Ripper by collecting and using the evidence they found at the crime scene. They used to take pictures of the scene usually by drawing what they saw. This was not a very effective method, because things could have been missed out and detailing would not have been accurate. Photography was also used, however it was a new invention and therefore there were a lot of disadvantages. To start off with photos could only be take in day light, they would only be black and white, it took a long time to set up, it was very expensive to use, the development of the photos would have taken a long time and there would have been no close ups. ...read more.


They were accepted as a standard policing method in Victorian England. However they were fairly useless because lots of people would have been around the area of the crime and therefore the dogs would have followed those scents and may have ended up going to the wrong person. They were a waste of time especially as they did not work. The police also tried to catch Jack the Ripper by doing door-to-door enquiries. This however would have been unsuccessful procedure for a number of reasons. Firstly a lot of people would have been scared to answer their doors when they saw that the police are at their door. They would not have known what was wrong and may have felt that they had done something wrong and therefore would not have opened the door. They also may have been hiding something from the police and would have just not answered their doors. Also even if people do know something and decide to talk to the police they are barely likely to tell on their friends or neighbours. Finally, it takes a long time for the police to go around to all the houses and almost nothing new is discovered. ...read more.

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