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Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper?

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Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper? The police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper because of three factors that interrupted the main factor which was the police investigation. The media, the nature of Whitechapel and the nature of the murders all played a part in interrupting or hindering the police investigation therefore the killer wasn't caught. Firstly, the people of Whitechapel were not the most helpful in the investigation. Unreliable witnesses came forward and wasted police time with statements contradicting each other. They also blamed the mass of Jewish immigrants entering the town, this also fuelled the media's interest which made stories about the killer being Jewish, which started with hunts such as the one against Leather Apron, who had alibis for all the murders. ...read more.


These two factors made things incredibly difficult. The incidents were separated by time gaps of different length from weeks to an hour, so nobody could tell when he would strike next and nobody would think that they could be safe even after a gap as he could strike again. Although evidence was slowly being found, the murderer stopped after 5, which meant that no more evidence could be found and he could not be caught. However, the media had a greater impact as it deliberately interrupted the investigation and was one of the greater factors in the murderer's escape. They sent hoax letters to the police looking for a story to print which wasted time. ...read more.


The secrecy policy in the police turned against them as they wouldn't reveal information to the media and therefore they made it up which caused many problems, stated previously. A major incident was the Metropolitan police and the City police fighting against each other to be the one to catch the killer. As they were trying to beat another police force as well as the culprit, information was not shared and could have prevented the capture of Jack the Ripper. Overall, the main reason was the interruption of police investigation due the media, the nature of Whitechapel and the murders. If the media had not been prejudice and the police forces worked together instead of competing against each other, Jack the Ripper would have been caught. ...read more.

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