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Were the Police Methods to Blame for Jack the Ripper Not Being Caught?

  • Date Submitted: 03/07/2013 05:57 AM
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“The police investigative methods were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper” To what extent do you do you agree with this statement.
In this essay I will be giving my opinion on the following statement, “The police investigative methods were to blame for not capturing Jack the Ripper.” Personally I feel that it was the police’s fault as they, I feel, did not do everything in their power to try and catch Jack the Ripper and most importantly they let the media get under their skin and began to take notice of what was published and actually let the media affect them. The media were very bad for the investigation as they mounted more and more pressure on the police and ultimately this led to the police not doing all they could to catch the killer.
I think that one of the most important reasons that the police failed to catch Jack the Ripper was that the media almost took control of the investigation in some respects and made out that the police were doing a poor job. One particular case of this that stands out to me is the fact that the police didn’t use bloodhounds in the investigation. Bloodhounds have a very sensitive nose and can trace scents back to people very easily, with the use of bloodhounds Jack the Ripper could easily of been caught. The police were ready to use bloodhounds until the media ridiculed them, the press claimed they couldn’t do their own jobs and had to rely on animals. Others claimed they were getting desperate and panicking. Eventually the police decided against the use of bloodhounds, even though they had been tested to be successful. A spokesman for the police said “If there was an accident from the dogs attacking a person there would be a great outcry” (Casebook.org). This I feel was a blatant attempt by the police to hide the fact they had been bullied and humiliated by the media. Another incident in which the media have tried and successfully influenced the police was with the accusations made against a man nicknamed “Leather Apron”...

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