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Jack the Ripper

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Jack the Ripper Coursework Question 1: What can you learn from source A about the murder of Polly Nicholls? Source A is an article in the East End Observer describing the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls. The purpose for source A is to that inform you about the latest murders that have happened in London. It is meant to show the reader how gruesome the murders were. The news paper is trying to make money, so it sensationalizes the murders therefore more people will be attracted to the newspaper. The article puts together a linkage of the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls giving you an idea that the murders were committed by the same person. "The excess of effort that has been apparent in each murder suggests the idea that both crimes are the work of a demented being." The article uses key relationship words such as "both", "each". This suggests that the observer has an incline that the two murders were committed by the same person. However they were not linked by either the police or today. The article also focuses on how unique the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls because they were victims who were "The poorest of the poor". This quote pictures an image in your mind of the victims having nothing to live for. This makes it scary too as there is no motive involved. The source also makes the reader picture how these prostitutes were an easy target for the murderer. Going back to the quote the victims were "The poorest of the poor" the police might have been less motivated to catch the murderer, because poor people back in 1888 were looked down upon as people who had no say in how society was ran. The source finally is trying to inflict a picture in your mind about the murderer been very violent and obviously not having any remorse while mutilating the bodies. ...read more.

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This quote from the article suggests that the public can cause havoc on the streets without police having no order on them. This quote also shows how careless the police were in monitoring the public. This article doesn't do any favors for the police because the police need the public on their side to try and find the ripper. Both Sources used have demonstrated the fact why the ripper was able to avoid capture: Firstly police did not obtain any solid assured evidence, secondly the police were not in the good books of the public and also the media was most of the time bias and because of the way the murders were brought about more people were interested in focusing on the media than listening to the police. Question 4: Use sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the ripper. The police tried to catch Jack the Ripper in many different ways. One way was that police appealed to the public by posting leaflets in peoples houses. Another way is that police would put more patrols on the streets to limit the rippers escape route. The police also received letters from people stating that they were the one who had committed all of the murders. Source F is a police leaflet published after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes asking for the witnesses or any information about the murders. Its purpose is to inform us about the location of the murders and also give information about any person you find suspicious. The leaflet is also asking for possible witnesses or suspects to come forward and give any information about the murders. A police leaflet was the only effective method that the police had to catch the ripper. A lot of witnesses came forward but most of the information that they gave were vague, unreliable or misleading. ...read more.

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It was near the body of Kate Eddowes stating, "The Juwes are not the men to be blamed for nothing." They could have investigated this graffiti on the wall instead of cleaning it off the wall. This showed the in-experience of the police force when they could have used this information to try and catch the ripper. Experience in the police force could have made the difference between the ripper striking again or been caught. Other sources of evidence were witness statements. This may have been great evidence to use in the ripper case, but people were scared to give witness accounts in fear of they could be the next victims of the ripper. Others came forward to the police, but gave very vague descriptions which were of no use what so ever, such as Elizabeth Long's statement. Their were many distractions such as people writing hoax letters to the police claiming that they were the ripper. This wasted a lot of the polices time. Jack the Ripper was never caught for a number of reasons police could have used the advantage that Jack the Ripper always committed his murders near or around white chapel, but numbers in the police force and technology were limited. The ripper was very intelligent and obviously knew what he was doing. The police cannot be blamed completely blamed for catching Jack the Ripper although they got use of vital evidence and didn't take the warnings that the murders were going to happen seriously. Distractions such as the media did not help the police in any way except from only piling on the problems that they already had. The lack of police experience was also a factor in not catching the ripper. But one of the main reasons why the police did not catch the ripper was because of technology. With technology that there is today who knows whether the ripper would have ever been caught. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Adesite History Coursework 1 ...read more.

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