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The police were to blamed for not catching jack the ripper use your knowledge and the sources to explain weather you agree or disagree.

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Q5 the police were to blamed for not catching jack the ripper use your knowledge and the sources to explain weather you agree or disagree In 1880s the police force were very much in its infancy, such things as forensics, DNA, finger printing were not available at that time. The only tools available to the police were very primitive; in fact, the only tools were post mortems, door-to-door enquiries, photography (which was extremely basic) and having witnesses. The police was only really set up for crime prevention. Other problems faced was the fact that the police were seen as favouring the middle class, Because of the bloody Sunday riots where the police got too violent with a crowd of protesters protesting against the unemployment. This would have made it extremely difficult at policing White Chapel There were many points in the ripper investigation where it has been suggested that the police were to be blamed for the failure in capturing jack the ripper. Such points were the abuse of evidence and the failure to cooperate between the city police and the metropolitan police. ...read more.


Another reason for the failure to capture jack the ripper is stated in source F. this source is a police notice appealing to the residence of white chapple. It states that the killer is a local person but it is quite clear that this is not the case as all the murders took place on a weekend or on a Friday. Therefore, this concludes the police's ignorance in this case. However, on the contrary the police were seen not to be blamed for not capturing jack the ripper. Because of a number of a reasons; these were the following: Lack of aids in the capturing of jack the ripper- apart from the autopsies and taking statement there was little else the police could do. Forensics was a thing not known to the police. In fact at the time that these murders were taking place it was believed that taking a close up of the victim's eye would reveal the identity of the killer. Today hunting a serial killer would require the use of finger printing, forensics, DNA, and the use of the media like crime watch. ...read more.


is that white chapel was a very violent crowded area with lots of interconnecting alleyway housing some sort of vile criminal activity. White Chapel was extremely hard to police at the best of times. The murderer would have easily have blended into the crowd and not have stood out, the alley way would have hidden his movements and provided a quick escape Another problem faced by the police and which is also shown in source H, is that the murders were motiveless there was not the slightest clue left at any scene all the police could hope for was some luck that would lead to the capture of the killer In conclusion Jack the Ripper was a murder case destined never to be solved by the police. It is important to emphasise that the police failure to arrest and prosecute the killer of the white chapel murders does not mean that that they did not work hard to capture the killer of the prostitutes. They had worked hard to follow up all leads and all possibilities but there techniques were limited as has been explained previously. I have come to the conclusion the police were not to blame for the failure to capture Jack the Ripper ...read more.

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