Jack The Ripper Essay

1834 words - 7 pages

Jack The Ripper

1. From looking at the newspaper article on source A, I can determine
the following information regarding the murder of Polly Nichols.
Firstly, I can ascertain that it was the second of the Whitechapel
murders. I can draw this conclusion from the first few words 'the two
murders which have so startled London'. The second point we can learn
from this article is that the killer had no apparent motive for the
killings, supposedly because money wasn't missing from his victims;
'no adequate motive in the shape of plunder can be traced'. Also, the
article tells us that the victims have been 'the poorest of the poor'

Even though these pieces of information are product of the media, they
appear to be true, as there would be no need for the newspaper to
sensationalise such facts. The source also suggests the killer is a
'demented being', due to the 'extraordinary violence' exhibited in
each of his murders. Finally, the source makes reference to the
'excess of effort' used by the killer

2. The report of Dr. Frederick Blackwell on the body of Elizabeth
Stride supports the coroner's report on source B when it states that
'in the neck, there was a long incision which commenced on the left
side, two and a half inches below the jaw, cutting the windpipe
completely in two'. This account supports source B which states;
'there are no meaningless cuts' and that 'the injuries have been made
by someone with considerable anatomical skill' obviously because the
killer knew where to reach the windpipe. The extract also supports
source A where it talks about the 'extraordinary violence'. However,
source C contradicts source A when it says 'there was no money on the
body' while in source A, it says; 'no adequate motive in the shape of
plunder can be traced'.

The precision and skill shown in the cuts suggest the killer had a
good anatomical knowledge, however, source A states it had been the
work of a 'demented being', which contradicts this theory, and the
evidence in source C. Sources B and C agree with each other because
they are both first hand primary evidence from reports on the Ripper's
murders written by professionals. Source A's attempts to glamorise the
murders bends the truth slightly, and doesn't support the evidence on
Source C. Source C was written by a well-educated doctor with no need
to sensationalise facts.

3. Sources D and E are quite useful in explaining how the Ripper was
able to evade capture. Elizabeth Long's description of what may have
been the Ripper, suggests he was well suited for hiding in the shadows
of Whitechapel without being seen dues to his attire, e.g. 'he was
dark complexioned and was wearing a deerstalker hat I think he was
wearing a dark coat', however, the evidence given by Long may well
have been a description of a totally different...

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