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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? I believe the most important reason why Jack the Ripper was so hard to catch was because of the lack of evidence. In those days they did not have as advanced technology as we have today for instance, we have forensics where we can tell from a strand of hair who that hair belongs to. In those days they were only just learning the significance of footprints to catching a villain. Another part to this is that Jack the Ripper was so random towards who he killed the police could not find a link between the murders except that they were all prostitutes, which did not really help, although prostitute murders were not terribly uncommon. The press coverage to the case didn't help much as they had forced the police to investigate 'Leather Apron' and this wasted a significant amount of the police time which, if spent properly, may have allowed them to uncover more information needed to catch the Ripper. ...read more.

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It was very gruesome, but police couldn't be sure if it was a hoax or not, so this wasted police time the study of this letter would have taken up too much of police time. Scrubbing the writing off the wall would have wasted precious evidence as they could have taken pictures so they could compare other people's handwriting to it. The reason the writing was scrubbed off so quickly was because it blamed the Jew's for the murders and the police did not want to spark of racist attacks. The quickness of the killings and the accuracy lead the police to believe that the Ripper may have been in some way a man with a medical background. Also the brutality of the murders, for instance the first murder (Polly Nicholls) wasn't terribly gory. She had only one cut which was from ear to ear. The second murder (Annie Chapman) was slightly worse as this time organs had been placed above the body such as the small intestines but they were still attached. ...read more.

Conclusion

If this was the case, some of these prostitutes may have his children. This would need to be covered up, in which case, the royal family would have hired assassins to kill the prostitutes in question. Another rumour was that it was the Queen's surgeon. If it had have been the Queens surgeon it would have been difficult to prove as probing into royal affairs would have been very difficult. This could have been classed as conspiring against the Queen, and trying to frame her for a part in the murders. The Ripper always acted at night, so it would have been difficult for witnesses to give detailed descriptions of him. The police couldn't really know who to keep close eyes on. One problem, which the police had, was that one of the murders was committed in a part of London, which was policed by another force. The two forces would not co-operate by sharing information so both forces may have missed out on vital evidence which could have helped solve the case faster and have more men power in the needed place. ...read more.

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