In 1888, 5 horrific ad brutal murders were committed, which the police believed were all by the same man. This particular case, even today, intrigues people all over the globe due to the fact that the perpetrator was never caught. The canonical five, as they are known, are all believed to have been murdered by the same hand. All five victims, prostitutes of Whitechapel, shared distinct and similar wounds, as well as post mortem organ removal and mutilations in some cases. These five victims were all killed under the cover of darkness, typically in the early morning hours. All these murders also occurred on the weekend, or within one day, and happened towards the end of the month or within a week or so after. The victim’s names were: Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. This successful serial killer who roamed the streets of Whitechapel preying on prostitutes is known to the world as “Jack the Ripper”
In this essay, I am going to investigate the four main contributors that prevented the police from catching Jack. These include, the general problems with policing and their incompetence, media sensationalism, the vast amount of pressure put on the police to end the terror that had been sprung upon England, the nature of the murders and the lack of forensic technology in 19th century Britain. So, what contribution did all these factors give to allowing Jack get away?