Murders of Jack the RipperDespite the many murders that occurred frequently in Eastend in the1880’s, Ripper’s murders were said to be ‘singular’ and ‘peculiar’which suggests that it was unique and that the method of murder wasvery different. The phrases ‘extraordinary violence’ and ‘excess ofeffort’ infers that Jack the Ripper was vicious, brutal and went overthe top. The victims were the ‘poorest of poor’ so the murderer wasnot trying to rob the victims. Since there was ‘no adequate motive inthe shape of plunder’ it suggests that Jack the Ripper committed thesecrimes because he or she enjoyed killing. However the sourcedescribes the work of Jack the Ripper as the ‘work of a dementedbeing’ which suggests that Jack the Ripper was mad.
2. Study Sources A, B and C
Does the evidence of Source C support the evidence of Sources A and Babout the Ripper murders? Explain your answer. (8)
Sources A and C comment on how the victims were poor so money was notthe murderer’s motive. Also the details of how the victim wasmurdered in source C supports the fact, in source A, that the murderwas peculiar and had extra-ordinary violence. However source C ismore detailed on the method of murder whereas source A is generaldescribing the murder but not the method. Source C supports source Ato a very little extent.
Sources B and C agree on the fact that the murder was committed withthe use of a knife – ‘In the neck there was a long incision’ ‘cuttingthe windpipe completely in two’ and ‘use the knife’. However source Cconcentrates on the method of murder but source B is focusing on whothe murderer could be ‘No mere slaughterer of animals could havecarried out these operations.’ Again source C supports B but t o alittle extent.
3. Study Sources D and E
How useful are Sources D and E in helping you to understand why the