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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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Use Sources F and G and your own knowledge, to explain how the police tried to catch Jack the Ripper. Source F is a leaflet produced by the police after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes. It was produced to get the public involved with any information they may have on 'Jack the Ripper'. Source G is part of a letter from the Home Secretary to the Mile End Vigilance Committee on 17th September 1888. The police used various methods at attempting to catch 'Jack the Ripper', though these methods did not seem to prevail. Source F shows us that leaflets were issued to the public in hope of retaining Evidence after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddows, the police had no clues themselves on what to look for so they turned to the public, a sign of desperation. The information in the leaflet suggests that the police are looking for someone who lives in the area or nearby, you can tell that the police have very few leads of their own because the information is so vague. ...read more.


It is not reliable though because it is only part of the letter written to the Mile End Vigilance Committee and is also published after the police turn to the public for help. The other methods that the police used apart from trying to get public help, which was a last resort, they started posting leaflets trying to get the public involved with evidence, disguising as prostitutes to try and con Jack the Ripper. After the murders of Martha Tabram, Polly Nicholls and Annie Chapman, the police began to investigate slaughter houses and abattoirs. Sailors were also questioned, number of police patrols in Whitechapel increased, police investigated a man called 'Leather Apron' after the murder of Annie Chapman, seventy six butchers and slaughters were questioned. When the police also received the 'Dear Boss' letters they began to post them in newspapers, hoping these letters would jog the public's memory and give the police more clues, this did not help but created more hysteria. After the murder of Mary Kelly a description given by William Hutchinson was circulated around all police stations, but it was seen as too good a description. ...read more.


The police had to face the fact that there were slight differences between the murders that some killings had very serious mutilation and others didn't; there wasn't a pattern to the killings to follow. The public showed lack of support to the police, they did not come forward with evidence to help find the culprit, seemed unconcerned at the killings of prostitutes. The press used sensationalism over what had happened which often mislead the public about the murders, they could dramatise their articles. The most important thing which was against the police in the investigation was that they were not trained to deal with this sort of crime, they were not trained to deal with a serial killer, and they did not know how to act or what to do. In conclusion the police tried hard to catch Jack the Ripper, they used a variety of methods on trying to catch him yet they all failed. Though they could have improved on some of their methods, they did have a lot of events against them, especially in the lack of training, support from public and sensationalism by the press. Stephanie Dunne Stephanie Dunne ...read more.

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