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Why were the police unable to catch Jack The Ripper

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Why where the police unable to catch Jack the Ripper? The police were unable to catch Jack the ripper due to a number of key reasons all linking with the limitation of police work at that time. The first reason, was the focus of the police investigation, the police thought the murderer was local and wasted time on just one area. A lot of attention was given to the suspect "leather apron" some newspapers published the leather apron story, this pressurised police to follow up this line of investigation, and this meant time was wasted. The fact that the murderer was not local was based on the evidence that the murderer was not a butcher or an abattoir and could be someone of a higher class like a doctor; the police ignored this evidence and kept focusing on White chapel. All these factors wasted time; it was mainly down to police work, as they only focused on one area when evidence suggested the murderer was not local. ...read more.


This was not helped as Leather apron was Jewish, this encouraged many in White chapel to turn their suspicion and hostility to the Jewish community. The police increased the number of patrols in the area, the night the two murders were committed, this meant they were carried out quickly, perhaps in 5 minutes, which caused trouble for the police, as there weren't any witnesses, as the murderer didn't linger around the bodies. This suggested the murderer was quick and his work was efficient. The methods the policed used were ineffective and proves hopeless. The methods that they used included undercover work, where police used to dress as prostitutes hoping to trap the murderer, house to house inquiries, more than 2,000 lodgers were interviewed this wasted a lot of time as people could easily lie. Slaughterhouses and abattoirs were investigated where seventy-six butchers were questioned and bloodhounds were used but also proved hopeless. All these method proved hopeless and ineffective, as no further information or evidence was gained, this may have been because the police didn't know what they were doing and were prepared as nothing like this had been experienced before. ...read more.


In conclusion I think all of the factors were equally important in preventing the police from catching the murderer, because they focused on just one area and didn't find any further evidence, they investigated slaughterhouses and abattoirs but found no information, this suggested the murderer was a doctor, but the police didn't do any further investigations which limited the investigation. The police didn't know how to use evidence; they dismissed possible leads but followed other leads with little evidence. They used one witness statement than another even if it had little or no evidence, even though police work became more organised it didn't help catch Jack the ripper, methods which could have caught Jack the ripper such as finger printing was developed in 1901, so it was slow to develop. Detective work did become more organised however methods weren't advanced enough until 1901, so detective work couldn't be carried out to its full potential. All these factors limited police work, detective work would have been more effective if methods were developed faster, and evidence wasn't handled well. ...read more.

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