Why Police Were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper
Jack the ripper was a brutal, motiveless and the first serial murdererwho roamed the streets of East London at night preying on prostituteswho to this day is unknown. In this essay I am going to try andexplain the factors that prevented the police from catching him.There were general problems with policing, problems with crimes andhow they were controlled and there was a vast amount of pressure onthe police from different sources such as the general public, thepress, the government and from their own false leads.
Firstly the police held a terrible reputation with Londoners in theEast End. As they believed that the Metropolitan police who was afairly new organisation was more concerned in helping the high classin the West end and ignoring the issues of the poor.
The police was also more concerned in preventing crime than inactually solving the existing crimes. This led the people to loosebelieve in the power of the police. They also had limited resources;they did not have the right equipment as things as DNA were not knowof yet they could not find out Jack’s identity from blood left on hisvictims or forensic evidence. The metropolitan police also had limitedtechniques for example they would think that if they looked in theretina of the victim they would see the face of the murderer, but ofcourse this never worked. In one occasion Sir Charles warren orderedthe writing on a wall made from blood to be washed off as it made aracist remark blaming the Jews for the Ripper murders and they thoughtthat this remark would raise riots and conflict between the Jews andeveryone else and had this not been done they could have recognisedthe ripper’s writing.
There were also certain problems with the area which allowed theRipper to escape easily and mislead the police. The streets were long,narrow and poorly lighten, they were called the rookeries because they