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"The police were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper. "Use the sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this view

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"The police were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper." Use the sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree with this view 'The police were to blame for not capturing jack the ripper'. After studying all the sources, I have decided that the police were partly to blame for not capturing the ripper but the actual area he used to commit his crimes would have been very hard to police due to overcrowding, privacy and the winding narrow streets. Source H is a map of the area, which is not a very good piece of evidence, but it shows the complexity of whitechapel. This is a very reliable source as there would be no point in altering it at all. ...read more.

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For example source F is a source showing the police actually doing something to try and catch the ripper but at the same time getting it very wrong. Source E is against the statement by agreeing that whitechapel was a hard place to police, it also exaggerated it to make it seem worse, it referred to whitechapel as an 'Apocalypse of evil'. Source D is a very good example of the kind of evidence the police had to go on, it is a vague witness statement which lead the police on red herrings such as looking for a foreigner because Elizabeth Long thought she heard a foreign accent. Sources A, B and C all talk about the Ripper and his victims and do not help us understand whether the police were to blame for not capturing him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Looking at all the sources I have come to the conclusion that the police did use some very useful methods but did some things wrong. Also they were faced with a very difficult task in a very difficult area with very difficult people to extract evidence from because they were so poor and un-educated and wanted to keep their privacy and would turn a blind eye to some things. Also the fact that the home secretary would not put up a reward may have stopped some evidence that could have solved the case coming forward. Also the media were not helping the situation, as they were constantly pestering the police and leaking things which the police did not want the public to be aware of. ...read more.

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