The Unability of Police to Capture Jack The Ripper in 1888
Life in Whitechapel during the ‘reign’ of Jack The Ripper’ in 1888 wasof a very low standard, you had people selling themselves just to tryand provide for their family or even themselves, the vast majority ofLondon’s east end were alcoholics, therefore the streets ofWhitechapel were very dangerous and were welcoming crimes. Murderswere common however serial killers were not, robbery, money problems,fights, being drunk and disorderly was also very common, especiallyfor the streets of Whitechapel where this happened on a daily basis.Homelessness was also another major problem in Whitechapel, thestreets ere packed with prostitutes, immigrants and unemployed people,all looking for a way to make money. At night was the time when peoplewere most at risk especially prostitutes because thy were out lookingfor business and the streets of Whitechapel were ideal because theyhad a lot of alleyways and back roads to do their business and makesome money, these places were also ideal for attacks to take place.
Jack The Ripper was a very clever ‘person’, leaving very few trailsbehind, he was known as the very first serial killer, this was onlybecause of his Modus Operandi (his Mo), he had is own unique style forkilling people was identified on all six of his victims, as hissuspected first victim Martha Tabram was not linked to any of theother murders because the police couldn’t be sure whether or not itwas the same person murdering these other women, the killings were allwithin London’s East end, the Ripper didn’t know his victims as therewas no link to show that each woman murdered knew or were related toeach other.
The first major clue the police force had was ‘the piece of leatherapron’ which was found after the murder of Mary Anne Nicholls, one ofthe major newspapers in 1888 ‘The Star’ claimed the murderer was aJewish shoe maker, a message written in chalk was found above a piece