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Jack The Ripper. The police failed in catching Jack the Ripper for a variety of reasons. At the time they were subject to many limitations, and although they tried everything in their power, many of their methods proved ineffective.

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Jack The Ripper Coursework 3 Why were the police unable to catch Jack The Ripper? The police failed in catching Jack the Ripper for a variety of reasons. At the time they were subject to many limitations, and although they tried everything in their power, many of their methods proved ineffective. The nature of the victims did not help their cause, nor did the accounts of unreliable witnesses. The police also encountered numerous false starts and red herrings and were severely hindered by the press. Lastly, it is also important to remember that the police in 1888 did not have the same resources and technology as police today. I will explore all of these potential causes in this essay, and by the end I hope to reach a definitive conclusion on why the police could not catch Jack the Ripper. ...read more.

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Moreover, the police were not allowed to offer a reward by the Home Minister like they normally would have done, and this was an opportunity missed. Moreover, the police's work was made much more difficult by the nature of the victims and the unreliability of the witnesses. All of the victims were poor prostitutes who were plying their trade in Whitechapel, and all of them were alcoholics with the exception of Annie Chapman, although she was a heavy drinker as well. The victims did not have many friends, and in general did not have much contact with family, and as they were chosen at random, there was no link between the victim and the Ripper for the police to investigate. To compound this, there were rarely any witnesses, and those witnesses that came forward were largely unreliable and gave contradicting accounts, which made it even harder for the police. ...read more.

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This further hindered the police, along with the racist and biased illustrations published, which worried the police as they feared riots. In conclusion, I think the most important reason that the police did not catch the Ripper was because of the limitations they had to cope with. Today I believe the Ripper would easily be caught using forensic evidence, however police in 1888 did not have this asset, and their methods although enthusiastic really had no effect. The other reasons I have given in this essay also had a considerable negative effect on their chances. Although the Ripper was not caught, I believe that this was an important experience for the police as it was the first of its kind, and I believe this was a key step in the police's progress to what it is today. ?? ?? ?? ?? SG 11A Cand No. - X Centre No. - X ...read more.

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