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Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper.

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4. Study sources F and G Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper. In 1888, detective work was still in its infancy. The main thrust of policing was crime prevention rather than crime solving, which is why the Ripper investigation put particular strain on the police force. Source F shows us that one of the methods that the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper was by handing out leaflets and Source G explains that the police communicated with the government. The sources as a whole provide valuable explanations about how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper; however, they are limited in that they do not explain all the methods. ...read more.


The source, however, is very limited in that it is a simple leaflet and provides very little information. It was handed out to the poor people in White Chapel and the police were careful in providing only the most basic information, such as the dates and locations of the murders. Source G, on the other hand, shows that the police attempted to catch Jack the Ripper by coordinating its efforts with the government. It shows that they believed a close connection with the government would ensure that the police would work to their optimum ability to capture Jack the Ripper. Furthermore, the source highlights that the police also worked with the Mile End Vigilance Committee, a group formed by mostly Jewish businessmen intent on catching Jack the Ripper and thus shifting the suspicion from the Jewish committee. ...read more.


In conclusion, Source F and G demonstrate the two different methods the police adopted to make its search for Jack the Ripper more efficient. In the absence of any credible suspects, the police appealed to the public for information and external organisations such as the government and the more communal Mile End Vigilance Committee. The sources suggest that the police thought carefully about how they could catch the Ripper, ruling out the offer of a reward on a murderer they knew very little about. Thus their proceedings show the difficulty of the task they faced and highlight the importance of the advanced scientific techniques that we rely so heavily upon to solve crimes committed today. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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