Not so bad, really…

I find myself less critical of the London police than most.  I personally put a lot of stock in trying one’s best, and that is what they did with what they had.  They were dealing with a madman who they were not even sure was only one person, and they knew nothing about him aside from his brutality and nigh superhuman speed in his work.  One must also take into account the fact the the police force was a relatively new invention.  They were like children, learning from trial and error, though without previous example to learn from as children do with adults.  I must admit, the bloodhounds were not the best idea.  In the wet of the fog and the stench from the factories, even the best-trained dog could easily lose a scent.  Also, the killer never left anything behind, save for the piece of apron if that really belonged to him, and the only other place his scent would be is on the blood drenched victim.

Another critique is how the police told everything to the press, every detail, every event, every description.  This should, however, be rephrased as “the press found out everything about the investigation.”  It is a common thing with the modern press as well.  If something is kept a secret that pertains to an important event or person, the press will do whatever it can, speak to whomever it needs to, to disclose that secret.  So no matter how closely guarded the police may have kept its secrets, they would have leaked anyway, so that critique, while it certainly does make sense in a way, is on very shaky ground.


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