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GCSE History Coursework Jack The Ripper Coursework Assignment Complete all questions Total; 50 marks ... words Due in ... (1) I learn from Source A that a great deal of effort was put in the murder of Polly Nicholls and this suggests that a crazy person committed it and "extraordinary violence" was used. There was no trace of intentional robbing of the victim either. Source A was not very helpful because not much information was given and at no point of the text it referred specifically to Polly Nicholls. The Source describes the killer more than the murder itself. (2) The evidence in Source C supports the evidence from Source B because the coroner's report on Annie Chapman states that the murder was done by some one educated, some one who knew what he was doing and there were no meaning less cuts. Similarly to the report by Dr Frederick Blackwell, of Elizabeth Stride, which states that there was a long incision two and a half inches deep in the neck. This description was very detailed, stating it was done below the angle of the jaw completely cutting the windpipe in two. With such a detailed description this suggests that not any old fool could perform this act in the time given. However there were no mutilations on Elizabeth Stride, so this does not support the evidence in Source B because there were many mutilations on Annie Chapman. ...read more.

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(4) The police tried to catch Jack the Ripper by making posters and leaflets telling the people to contact the nearest police officer or police station if they had seen anyone who were under suspicion. Consequently lots of people were arrested but all were released, for example 'Leather Apron' a name given by the newspapers to John Pizer, a man who was believed to have murdered Polly Nichols because he had a reputation of demanding money from prostitutes under threats of violence, and descriptions of him from the Star news paper fitted the descriptions of the killer from the witnesses. However he was cleared later from an owner of Polly Nichols lodging house, he said he was in hiding at the time of the murder. The police methods on tracing the ripper were searching for items near the murder scene. The police made extra patrols on Whitechapel and police constables were criss-crossing regularly. Police patrols increased more after more murders and several policemen dressed as prostitutes in an attempt to catch the killer. On 30th September the police questioned over 2,000 lodgers and 76 butchers and slaughters, hounds were used to try to sniff the scent of the killer in aid to catch him, and this was used while the police were questioning sailors on some riverboats at the Thames, but this didn't get the police anywhere. In desperation on the same day handbills were distributed to 80,000 houses, these were stating the same as the leaflets and nothing new ...read more.

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If the police had paid attention to this evidence they may have decided to investigate outside of Whitechapel more thoroughly. Many people came to the police because they had seen suspicious people. But none of them was identified as Jack the Ripper, so again, a complete waste of time. However with all the houses burning their coal fires, this let off fumes that caused smog all over Whitechapel. It made it almost impossible to see especially at night, the carbon in the air also caused the houses to turn black with dirt, along with the maze like streets this made an easy escape for anyone who was to commit a crime. Since in these times they didn't know about tracing some one with DNA, unless a suspect left a distinguishable item behind which could only be owned by them, tracing them would be very difficult. The police made leaflets and handbills in an attempt to identify Jack the Ripper, but this caused many people to waste the police's time by telling them about suspicious people that were actually innocent. Also this was the first time the police had ever heard of serial killers so they may not have known what to do at first. In conclusion I think the police could've done much more to ensure a possible capture of the ripper all though they did have many faults with how careful the ripper was, Whitechapel's environment, and the technology at the time. History Coursework Samuel Varley 10T Jack The Ripper Coursework Assignment - 1 - ...read more.

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