• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"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

Extracts from this document...


"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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. 'The police were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper.'

    This difficulty was made even worse by the fact there was no tram system in Whitechapel so it would have been hard for the police to get around quickly and to swiftly visit places where Jack the Ripper may have been. The conditions of the streets were also very poor.

  2. Who was the real Custer, and to what extent was he to blame for ...

    Their mission was to locate the thousands of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho- those led by Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud. The column rode out on 17th May 1876 but it was not until the 15th of June that Major Reno, returning from a scout informed them of their large hostile movement near the RoseBud River.

  1. Theory of knowledge

    The only way they can do this is by using their own thought processes. Historians recognize that to portray history is impossible. They cannot really be sure of the motives of the writers of the archive documents. "The past can only be seen through the eyes of the present".

  2. The police were not to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper. Use ...

    Furthermore, Source C is based on the death of Elizabeth, the day of the 'double murder'. The fact that two murders were carried out despite the police patrol being dramatically increased suggests that the Ripper did not linger around the body for more than five to ten minuets, thus greatly decreasing the chances of him getting captured.

  1. Study Sources D and E and use your own knowledge.

    In Source D, Pankhurst writes 'Now the newspapers are full of us", but by this time, people were fed up of reading the Suffragettes in the newspapers. Pankhurst is regarded un-lady like when she says 'we will fight for our cause'.

  2. To what extent do you agree with the view that Kosminski was Jack the ...

    It names Kosminski as a Polish Jew, who lived in Whitechapel, and describes him as having become insane due to many years of indulgence in solitary vice. It also states that he had a great hatred of women, with strong homicidal tendencies, and that he was detained in a lunatic asylum about March 1889.

  1. Jack the Ripper Coursework

    "I saw the body of a woman lying there on her back," he would tell the inquest, "her feet facing the square, her clothes up above her waist. I saw her throat was cut and her bowels protruding.

  2. Life In The Trenches - research and evaluation of the sources

    guns have a strip of around 40 bullets loaded into them so that they do not need to be loaded so often, but in WW1 you put one bullet in, took a shot, another bullet in, take another shot etc.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work