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Question 1 From source A, we can learn that the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls occurred within the same month in the city of London. A, we can learn that the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls occurred within the same month in the city of London. The motive of the killer in each case is questionable, as no theft has occurred with the murder. We can tell that these murders are unusual and especially shocking as they are described as 'startling'. It is strongly indicated that the two murders are linked as the one article describes them together, and the victims are both poor women, killed in London in the same month. We can guess that the killer has not been found the killings are described as 'the work of a demented being' but fails to mention the name of the killer or any suspects. From this description of the killer and the terms 'excess of effort' and 'extraordinary violence' when referring to the killings, we can learn that the murders are brutal and violent and most probably premeditated as 'the excess of effort' would be applied in a planned and calculated murder. ...read more.


Her frequent use of qualifiers may well have been a function of her nervousness towards the police. The description was none the less a full one, which narrows down their search to a man "over forty" who wore "a deer stalker hat and could be described as "shabby genteel" and "foreign looking". Source E is quite useful in helping us understand why the Ripper was able to avoid capture, as it points out that the thoroughfares of Whitechapel were connected by dark and narrow side streets and alleyways which provided an ideal setting for murders. The Ripper could commit his murders in the dead of night without fear of being seen, as nobody would choose to remain outside in that place at night. The newspaper article seems to elaborate its information on the subject and implies that its 'informant' had some prior knowledge about the murders that were to take place by saying that he 'warned' the police. It also states that murders followed his warnings and infers that the murders were a result of police not paying heed to those warnings. I think this inference was published for publicity and sales showing that the press also hindered the police investigation making it even harder to catch Jack the Ripper by following genuine leads. ...read more.


Phillips, who was an experienced and highly regarded police surgeon. In fact, at the inquest, Dr. Phillips did suggest that his estimate of the time of Annie Chapman's death may have been inaccurate. The police again discounted this. Inspector Abberline took a description given by William Hutchinson very seriously and had it circulated to all police stations. The description was incredibly detailed for a siting that had taken place at night, suggesting that the witness may himself have been avoiding suspicion. However, the police did not investigate him at all. The desperation of the police was shown in the handbill posted (source F). There were three startling points about the handbill. Firstly, the police were unable or unwilling to give any description of the killer. Secondly, they still apparently believed that the killer lived in Whitechapel, despite evidence that he lived elsewhere, as all the killings had taken place at weekends. Thirdly, they were still appealing for information regarding suspicious characters. The last point shows that the police were still using the standard method of detective work, even after the great mass of evidence that had been collected about the Ripper and his victims. In fact, after the third and fourth murders, there was evidence that the Ripper lived outside Whitechapel as the killings took place at weekends. Question 5 ...read more.

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