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Jack The Ripper Coursework. 1) Source A gives a description of the murders of two women by the names of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls. Source A originally came from a newspaper article; this straight away makes us realise that this source may not be the full truth of the murders. Newspaper journalists at the time wrote their stories in a way that made them seem more exciting and interesting by exaggerating details so that they were able to gain the attention of readers and make the stories more appealing, because crime stories of that sort had become very popular around this time. From the newspaper article we are able to learn that robbery was clearly not the motive of either of the murders described within Source A, as they were aimed at a specific group of people. In this case the specific group of people were prostitutes. The police at that time could defiantly say that the two murders have nothing to do with robbery due to the background of the two women. They have been the "poorest of the poor" and also the police that investigated could not find any "adequate motive of the shape of plunder". But the police could not say for definite that the murders had something in common with each other or if they were completely different murders that just happened to be committed around the same time. The two murders though have been committed in great brutality and that's why the two murders stood out so much at that time. ...read more.


5. In the time of 1888 5 terrifying and violent murders have been committed in a time period of around 3 months. With little evidence left at each murder scene and no decent crime technology available it was nearly impossible for the police at this time to solve such murder crimes. In order to catch the killer the police had to work with the little evidence they had and the eyewitness accounts to try to find and catch the person responsible in his acts. To help them with the case the police send out 80,000 leaflets around the area east chapple (where the murders have been committed) and questioned around 2,000 lodgers to find out any information that could lead the police to the killer. As well as men being arrested due to suspicious behaviour, 76 butchers and slaughters have been questioned due to the apparent anatomical knowledge of the killer. Not only were theses procedures carried out but also the city of London put out a huge reward of 500 pounds to anyone that could help the police with their investigation. If that was not enough the Lord Mayor showed how desperate he was to find and stop the murderer by adding another 500 pounds on the reward of the police. The metropolitan police, due to their previous experiences, decided against the use of these rewards as it tells us in source G 'reward tended to produce more harm then good'. Source F is also an example of he notices police put up for the public, requesting to help with coming forward with their knowledge about any of the 5 murders. ...read more.


As source I shows the area in which the murders were committed is very small meaning that a mere step up in patrol could have meant that the case could have been closed. One police force, the city of London police, released a reward of 500 pounds yet the metropolitan police did not due to the refusal of the home secretary. Source F is the 'appeal' for information. Again here there is no reward as it was seen to be inappropriate as it could cause more harm than good, eventhough today it is very common for the police to give out rewards for the people who come forward with any information that could end up being useful. No clear description of the murders was given so its therefore ineffective. In source D some of the words such as 'complexioned', 'deceased' and 'foreigner' would not really be appropriate to a woman, possibly a woman of the town, living in whitechapel. This could represent a weakness in the police for influencing her words as she gave her report the first time making it less accurate. The influence could of come from harsh questioning etc. personally I don't fully blame the police for not finding the killer. In the 1880's the police had no idea of how to solve such crimes and neither had the correct technology that would have made it much easier for them to track the killer down. Also the vague witness accounts and the arguments with the other police force have not helped the investigation and probably just made it much more difficult to solve. Maybe even so difficult that it is nearly impossible to solve. ...read more.

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