The Inability of Police to Capturing Jack the Ripper Essay

The Inability of Police to Capturing Jack the Ripper

In my opinion I disagree with this statement ‘The police were to blamefor not capturing Jack the Ripper. This is because we are dealing witha nineteenth century police force and not one of the twenty- firstcentury. In modern times, forensic science deals with analysis ofblood samples, DNA, ballistic, fibres, glass and pain, shoe and glovemarks and many other scientific applications. The police force at thetime of the Jack the Ripper investigations did not have the benefit ofsuch sophisticated methods.

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Firstly we know much more about the victims than the police did atthat time. Two, Mary Kelly and Francis Coles were attractive youngwomen in their mid – twenties. The rest were middle- aged but fewlooked their years. It is interesting to note that police and pressestimates of age, based on appearance were consistently misjudged bymaking them younger than they are known to have been. All the victimscame from work-class parents, virtually all the women had slipped intodestitution through failed marriage and drink. Drinking mainly was areason why the police were not to blame for not capturing Jack theRipper because when Elizabeth Long gave an inquest (in Source D) intothe death of Annie Chapman she was not quite certain of many things asSource D mentions “aˆ¦wearing a dark coat but I cannot be sure”. This isbecause she might have been drinking and her memory and judgementcould have been impaired.

It is probable that the victims accost or were accosted by themurderer in thoroughfares like Whitechapel Road and Commercial Street,and that they were conducted by h…

… itself. At the time the central complaints of the radical andopposition press was that under Warren the police were beingtransformed from a civil into a military force primarily intended, notfor the prevention and detection of crime, but for the policing ofpolitical rallies and demonstrations of the poor and unemployed.

In conclusion the Whitechapel murderer, however, may not have been aprofessional villain and probably worked alone. With only one possibleexception there no eye-witnesses to his attacks because they werecommitted at dead of night and in secluded locations. Indeed hisvictims, prostitutes all, accustomed to accosting men and taking themto dark or unfrequented byways and yards for sex, greatly facilitatedhis crimes. Most baffling of all to the Victorian detective, there wasno obvious motive.


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