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Factors I can think of
1) Less forensic technology and techniques available.
2) Killed a relatively small number of people.
3) The people he killed (eg prostitutes) were looked down upon in society and so the pursuit of the Jack the Ripper may have been less fierce than had he been killing the "respectable".
4) (Conspiracy theory, which I personally am not convinced by) Jack the Ripper was a member of the Royal family and so had protection through this.
5) Government and Scotland Yard more concerned by the terrorism by the Fenians than Jack the Ripper.
6) Lack of reliable witness statements.
7) Luck?
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The fact that he rips you left, right and centre.
He such a joker :yep:
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There were many other killers at the exact same time, also impersonators
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His endearing personality.
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The fact that he rips you left, right and centre.
He such a joker :yep:
Disturbing as it is. Jack the Ripper I would say would have been a good professional killer. The victims were found with their throats neatly slit, Ripper almost certainly chose victims he did not know. Possibly he was an ultimate opportunist taking advantage of the chaos of the time and realised that Whitechapel was pretty much condemned.
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(Original post by Rational Thinker)
Factors I can think of
1) Less forensic technology and techniques available.
2) Killed a relatively small number of people.
3) The people he killed (eg prostitutes) were looked down upon in society and so the pursuit of the Jack the Ripper may have been less fierce than had he been killing the "respectable".
4) (Conspiracy theory, which I personally am not convinced by) Jack the Ripper was a member of the Royal family and so had protection through this.
5) Government and Scotland Yard more concerned by the terrorism by the Fenians than Jack the Ripper.
6) Lack of reliable witness statements.
7) Luck?
A combination of all of them. You may also wish to consider that his actions were over inflated by the media. After all, do you think people like Harold Shipman will be remembered in such a manner in a hundred years time
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A combination of all of them. You may also wish to consider that his actions were over inflated by the media. After all, do you think people like Harold Shipman will be remembered in such a manner in a hundred years time
Good reply.
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Good reply.
Why thank you.

Jack the Ripper also coincided with a transition of increased, and better connected media. Penny newspapers were popular, the telegraph allowed for stories being transmitted nationally and globally.

i think they some now managed to tap into the populations psyche with it.
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Police incompetence (i.e. the removal of anti-semetic Goulston Street graffito). There was also a hell of a lot of misinformation spread by both the public & the media not to mention the almost impossibly long list of suspects from barristers to barbers. I should say that the case was a farce from beginning to end and one which the London Met would rather not be remembered for.
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Police incompetence (i.e. the removal of anti-semetic Goulston Street graffito). There was also a hell of a lot of misinformation spread by both the public & the media not to mention the almost impossibly long list of suspects from barristers to barbers. I should say that the case was a farce from beginning to end and one which the London Met would rather not be remembered for.
Interesting. I think there are comparisons that can be drawn between the Jack the Ripper murderers, Hilsborough and the Stephen Lawrence case, in all cases the police delibrately subverted the legal system and protected themselves even when this led to innocent deaths.
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I did my History GCSE Coursework on this! I'll go dig out whatever I can of it later hehe
It's a really interesting subject, so glad someone's made a thread on this :laugh:
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I don't see how the lack of people he killed makes him a successful killer
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A combination of all of them. You may also wish to consider that his actions were over inflated by the media. After all, do you think people like Harold Shipman will be remembered in such a manner in a hundred years time
Actually, I think Harold shipman will probably be remembered in 100 years times because of the huge number of people he murdered
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(Original post by Rational Thinker)
Interesting. I think there are comparisons that can be drawn between the Jack the Ripper murderers, Hilsborough and the Stephen Lawrence case, in all cases the police delibrately subverted the legal system and protected themselves even when this led to innocent deaths.
Precisely. I think the attitude from the masses at the time was that the police were incompetent and only useful for such things as crowd control, which is why ad-hoc organisations such as the Whitechapel Vigilence Committee were set up in the first place.

But yes, I do think the factors you presented are the chief factors which resulted in JTR's success.
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The fact that Sherlock Holmes was fictional.
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The fact that Sherlock Holmes was fictional.
The fact that Dexter was not real too.
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He had talent and practice.
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He was elusive and very tricky to catch if his victims could still live or talk they would've been able to describe what he looked like.

Although there were people who were thought to be him.
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Actually, I think Harold shipman will probably be remembered in 100 years times because of the huge number of people he murdered
I doubt it. No-one remember Mary Ann Cotton, only local people. Jack the Ripper is an enigma, a mystery, his name will live on forever.
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The media sensationalised aspects of the story and would even send hoax letters to Scotland Yard stating that it was from Jack the Ripper himself. Maybe all the media attention fed into his soul ? No one knew what he looked like or had an inkling about his physical appearance in anyway so I'm guessing it gave him the space and the freedom to move around relatively easily as well, and it makes you think why the media chose to sensationalise the fact that no one really knows what he looks like rather than just trying to pitch in and help identify him, you know aid the work of Scotland Yard?
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