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Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper?

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3. Why were the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper? Jaidip Vekaria There were many unsolved murders in the 1800s but Jack the Ripper was the most infamous and notorious serial killer never to have been caught by the police. There were many reasons why the Ripper was not caught such as no forensic evidence, the 'Dear Boss' letters, the role of the press, and bad methods used by the police and this essay will explain all the reasons why Jack the Ripper was never caught. The first reason why the Ripper was never caught was the 'Dear Boss' letters. Hundreds and hundreds of letters were sent to the media with people claiming to be the Ripper and most of the letters were disregarded as they were clearly fakes, they were people who were just craving for attention. However, there were a few letters which the Ripper himself allegedly had written, the 'Dear Boss' letters, which had details that only the Ripper would have known. Initially the letters were considered to be one of the many hoaxes but when the body of Catherine Eddowes was found with an earlobe severed, the writer's promise to "clip the ladys ears off" attracted attention. ...read more.

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Both of the men wanted the glory of their forces to capture the Ripper without the others assistance. Also, not all of the information that each police force got was shared. This meant that officers were wasting valuable time looking for information that the other force already had. Another waste of time was the methods used by the police themselves. The police used many poor methods for catching the Ripper and one method was dressing up as women. The police knew that the Ripper was going after prostitutes so they decided to dress up some of the officers to see if the Ripper would approach them. Unfortunately the disguises did not fool anyone as the men were embarrassed and they were not believable as real prostitutes and only after a few outings, the police abandoned the idea. There was also another idea that the police came up with as they trained some bloodhounds to 'sniff out' any leads but there were many scents in Whitechapel due to the fact that animals would go to slaughter and blood and faeces would blanket the streets. ...read more.

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The fact that science and technology had not developed yet decreased the chances of the Rippers capture. To conclude, there were many reasons why Jack the Ripper was never caught as I have just explained in this essay. The most important reason why the Ripper was not caught was that there was no forensic evidence. This is a more important reason than the 'Dear Boss' letters because if there was forensic evidence such as fingerprints then the suspects could have been narrowed down until the Ripper was caught. It is also a more important reason than the press because although the press delayed the investigation by not giving the letters straight to the police, if there was forensic evidence on the letters then the Ripper could have been captured. The least important reason was the press, although they belated the police investigation by not giving the 'Dear Boss' letters but they were just doing their job; nationalising the Ripper murders. In the end the police never charged any suspect with the murders committed by the Ripper which shows they did not have a sufficient amount of evidence that would gain a verdict of guilty in criminal court. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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