Investigating Why the Police Were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper

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Investigating Why the Police Were 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. Furthermore, the public reaction was very unhelpful, as the people in Whitechapel did not like the police for many reasons. The police had brought a bad reputation to their name with acts of violence. Due to this history behind the police, the locals decided not to help the police as much as they could have in their investigations. The lack of policemen did not help either. They had a very small force. In 1878 the old department was abolished and the CID was created which helped considerably. (The table below shows the statistics for the police force) 1879 1884 Number of detectives 216 294 Number of arrests 13,128 18,344 The police did not offer a reward for catching the Ripper because it would have attracted too much attention. They believed this would create several false leads and would waste police time. The ‘from hell’ letter was a example of a possible false lead. It was very

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