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Law and Order in the Late Nineteenth Century Describe the Law and Order in the Late Nineteenth Century In the 1880s, the police force in Britain was still in its infancy. All the methods of tackling and solving crimes, which we take for granted, were unknown and police work was mostly concerning the prevention of crime by officers on the beat. The Police still being in its infancy would summon the army any time something got out of hand. London in general and Whitechapel in particular was a very poor area. Almost a million people lived in the East End and were generally poor. This very large population that lived near to or on the wrong side of the law. The levels of crime were not very high if only because most of the inhabitants of Whitechapel were likely to commit crimes outside the area. There were no forensics and little technological advancement. The police were not experienced very much in detective work which in itself is quite explanatory because it had only been formed a couple of years earlier. ...read more.


This view made it difficult for the police to work in working class areas. One of the most difficult of the all was the East End of London. The statistics showed that in 1885, there were 13 319 policemen in the Metropolitan Police Force while the population was 5.25 million. Of the 13 319 policemen, only 1 383 policemen were available on duty at any one time. Why did the murders attract so much attention? The reason why the Whitechapel murders attracted so much attention in 1888 was due to a number of reasons. First of all the murders were unusual. No one had ever come across murders of this kind ever before. Another factor that attracted attention was the fact that it was a serial killer committing the murders, i.e. one person killing all the prostitutes. The type of murder also attracted attention due to the fact that the type of murder was also uncommon because it only focused on prostitutes; the only victims were prostitutes. ...read more.


The police force was inefficient because of lack of training, which is why they had to hand out handbills to find the identity of the killer. This inflamed public opinion and suspicious people began answering with bogus calls, which wasted police time and the time of the accused, which also obstacled the investigation. The media as always were not very helpful either. They also inflamed the opinion by naming a certain Jewish slipper maker as the suspect. He began to be known as 'Leather Apron' because of the distinction, after that date this certain individual went into hiding. This case went on for such a long time that it created fear in the hearts of Londoners in general and East-enders in particular. There were no reliable witnesses or forensics to prove who had actually committed the murders. False calls and too many suspects did not help the mystery either. The sudden end of murders made it even more difficult to trace the murderer. In conclusion, all these factors as well as the little experience in detective work made it incredulously difficult for the police to catch Jack the Ripper. Zafar Abbas Naquvi 11 Blue ...read more.

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