The Reasons Behind Police's Inability To Catch Jack The Ripper

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The Reasons Behind Police's Inability To Catch Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper was never caught, and his identity remains a mystery to this day. The police were unable to catch Jack The Ripper and solve the mystery of the Whit Chapel murders because of several reasons.

The first reason is the police themselves. In London, there were two police forces. The Metropolitan police and the City Of London police. The murders took place in both of the jurisdictions. The police forces each had separate investigations going on and they did not share evidence or information with each other. This hampered their investigations because a vital clue being held by one police force may have linked in with evidence
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Vital clues that could have led to the capture of Jack The Ripper were overlooked.

The CID, who were set up to investigate crimes like this, had only just been set up. They had very little experience of dealing with a serial killer, as this was the first one in the whole country. Because of this they did not know how to deal with the murders and how to catch Jack The Ripper and made mistakes that led to his escape.

The police tried using undercover officers as bait. However, because there were no women on the force, men dressed up like women but this failed completely as the disguises were very poor.

The police interviewed many witnesses over and over again. Many of these were hoaxes and the police wasted valuable time in doing this.

The police also tried training bloodhounds in following the scent of Jack The Ripper, however this idea was soon abandoned as the dogs would not have been able to follow just one scent in an area that was full of different smells.

The police also printed all the letters that were sent to them. This would have led to a widespread panic and would have made it harder to keep the murders undercover. They also took no heed to the warnings sent in the letters about the next victim, which led the killer being able to kill easily again.

The note written on the wall was

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