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Were the police to blame for Jack the Ripper not being caught

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Jack the Ripper Coursework Question 1 In source A, an article published in a local newspaper, we learn about the deaths of Tabram and Nichols. We learn about how it is already believed that both murders were committed by the same person; 'in each murder' and 'both crimes', these quotes tell us the journalist has linked the two murders, then carries on the link by saying, 'a demented being', implying it was one person. This link would have been made to sell issues, as this was the first serial killer recorded, so it would have been big news to have similar deaths close in time to each other. The quote 'the two murders...are singular' supports this, by simply meaning nothing like this has happened before. However, this article is from a local paper, and therefore may not be reliable, as it will be exaggerated to frighten more, so it can sell more copies. Also we know now that the two murders were almost defiantly not linked, as Tabram's murderer was more frenzied. Question 2 Source C is the report of Dr. Frederick Blackwell, written about the body of Elizabeth Stride; it was intended for the police. We can tell it's factual information, 'Her face was looking towards...', this is very precise, and must be accurate as the doctor would gain nothing from lying. ...read more.

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However, source E could be bias to sell papers, and it is only part of an article. All together though, both sources explain ways which the Ripper used to avoid capture. Question 4 The police did what they could to solve this series of murders: they explored every street and avenue around Whitechapel looking around for clues; they interviewed thousands of lodgers and house keepers. They tried training bloodhounds to trace the steps of Jack the Ripper, and they even had male officers dress up as prostitutes. Source F was a police leaflet, sent out to request any information the public may have. They do this by mentioning the dates 'Friday 31st August...', by doing this, they are hoping to encourage any witnesses to come forward. Clearly the police have researched and collected information about the murderer, and are informing the public of what they know, 'in or near Whitechapel... residing in the immediate neighbourhood', this shows that the police are trying different methods of getting statements, which is supported by the quote 'you are earnestly requested to communicate at once with the nearest police station'. Source G is reply to George Lusk from the 'Home Secretary' who is in charge of the police force. ...read more.

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Also the police had few leads to follow, as all there eye witnesses were so vague, 'cannot be sure' but the police couldn't help this unreliability as they did try to get more statements from the public, 'requested to communicate'. And with no guess on who he might be and from what class 'no adequate motif' the police had little chance at catching the Ripper. The police also tried things that had not been done before, they trained bloodhounds to try and follow the scent of the ripper, but this failed, as two got lost. They tried inventing noiseless boots to sneak up on the Ripper, but the rubber soled shoes also didn't work, as they never really got close enough to follow him. They had officers dress up as prostitutes, this would have been very humiliating, and dangerous, but none of them got approached by anyone. They question over 2,000 people, put more men on the beat, and handed out thousands of leaflets, but nothing came up. Overall, in my opinion, the police were not to blame as they did their best, considering this was the first serial killing recorded, and the police force was quite new, so we can't expect them to have done brilliantly in this case. The police did what they could by warning prostitutes not to go out, so it was down to them to stop doing their job to prevent another murder. Ross Murray ...read more.

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