Lesson 92 – The MET & Jack the Ripper – Indefinite Pronouns (III)

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  • Crime prevention
  • To supersede
  • An independent force
  • To notch up
  • The capturing and subsequent execution
  • The violence visited upon the public
  • To leave stump
  • It is believed to have been a hoax
  • In the years leading up to
  • An influx of
  • Jewish refugees
  • The civil parish
  • Housing conditions worsened
  • A significant economic underclass developed
  • Commonplace
  • A steady rise in social tensions
  • Nativism
  • Social disturbance
  • Severe deprivation
  • Brutally assaulted and mutilated
  • Within a few streets of each other
  • Skill and accuracy
  • Mutilations
  • Aiming their mistrust at
  • Fear and paranoia grew
  • Regarding the case
  • The handwriting on this particular letter
  • Differed from the other two
  • Preserved in ethanol
  • A later examination proved that
  • Mentioned frequently
  • It promised to send him
  • Medical files
  • Extensive media publication
  • Newspaper coverage
  • Pseudo-history
  • Law enforcement
  • Parish constables
  • Justice of the peace
  • A parliamentary committee
  • The current system of policing
  • To standardise the police force
  • In a civilian fashion
  • Answerable to the public
  • Metropolitan Police Force


– The MET and Jack the Ripper –


Learn English – Lesson 92 – The MET and Jack the Ripper

Before 1829, law enforcement in the UK was often a source of public controversy due to the lack of organisation and efficiency. It was carried out by unpaid parish constables who were elected, and later appointed by the local justice of the peace. A parliamentary committee was appointed to investigate the current system of policing, the findings of which were utilised by Sir Robert Peel in order to standardise the police force by making it an official paid profession, organising it in a civilian fashion, and making it answerable to the public. By 1826 Sir Robert Peel had outlining a plan for six police districts to cover a 10 mile radius from St Paul’s, excluding the City of London.This was implemented as the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829 and the Metropolitan Police Force was established. The principal duty of the police was to be crime prevention (rather than detection) and the nicknames ‘Peelers’ and ‘Bobbies’ were adopted.

This new force superseded the local Watch in the London area but the City of London was not covered. Even within the Metropolitan Police District there still remained certain police establishments, organised during the eighteenth century, outside the control of the Metropolitan Police Office. The Bow Street Horse Patrol was incorporated into the force in 1836 and operated in the outlying Metropolitan divisions. The second Metropolitan Police Act 1839 converted the River Thames force into the Thames Division, absorbed the Bow Street Foot Patrol, also known as The Bow Street Runners, and extended the Metropolitan Police District to a fifteen mile radius. By 1839 all these establishments had been absorbed by the Metropolitan Police Force. The City of London Police, which was set up in 1839, remains an independent force to this day.

The Met have since notched up many victories including The Siege of Sidney Street (1911), the capturing and subsequent execution of Dr Crippen (1910) and the Brides in the Bath Murderer (1915), and bringing an end to the violence visited upon the public by The Krays (1968). Although there were a series of crimes committed in 1888 that have left the Metropolitan Police Force stumped to this day. Those committed by the killer known as Jack The Ripper.

The name originated in a letter written by somebody claiming to be the murderer though the letter is widely believed to have been a hoax.

In the years leading up to 1888, Britain experienced an influx of Irish immigrants, Jewish refugees and other Eastern European immigrants. As a result, areas such as the civil parish of Whitechapel in London’s East End became increasingly overcrowded. Work and housing conditions worsened, and a significant economic underclass developed. Robbery, violence and alcohol dependency were commonplace, and poverty drove many women to prostitution. These conditions saw a steady rise in social tensions manifested in anti-semitism, crime, nativism, racism, social disturbance, and severe deprivation.

Between 31st August 1888 and 9th November 1888, the bodies of five women were found, in and around the Whitechapel district of London brutally assaulted and mutilated. These victims, Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly, became known as the Canonical Five. Each of the killings were committed around the weekends and public holidays, and within a few streets of each other, leading some to believe that the Ripper was in regular employment and lived locally. The skill and accuracy of the mutilations led others to believe that the killer was possibly a doctor, a butcher or, indeed, somebody in possession of a high level of education, the populous aiming their mistrust at the upper class. As fear and paranoia grew, suspects included virtually anybody remotely connected to the case.

Over the course of the Ripper murders, the police, newspapers and others received hundreds of letters regarding the case, many of which claimed to have been written by the killer himself. Three of these in particular are prominent, the “Dear Boss” letter, the “Saucy Jacky” postcard and the “From Hell” letter. The latter being the most well-known. The handwriting on this particular letter differed from the other two. It came with a small box which contained half of a kidney preserved in ethanol. Catherine Eddowes’ left kidney had been removed by the killer and a later examination proved that the kidney was indeed from the left side, however, there was nothing to confirm that this particular kidney once belonged to Eddowes.

The name “Jack The Ripper” derived from a letter sent to Thomas Horrocks Openshaw, an English Victorian and Edwardian era surgeon, who worked on the case and was thus mentioned frequently in the press and became known widely among the general public. After he released the information that the kidney was from the left side, he received the personally addressed letter. The letter confirmed Openshaw’s findings and promised to send him further body parts. It was signed Jack the Ripper. The police and medical files referred to the killer as “The Whitechapel Murderer” and “Leather Apron” but the extensive media publication of the case and, in particular, this letter cemented the Ripper name.

Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the Ripper, and his legend solidified. As the murders were never solved, the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research, folklore, and pseudohistory. The term “ripperology” was coined to describe the study and analysis of the Ripper cases. There are now over one hundred theories about the Ripper’s identity, and the murders have inspired multiple works of fiction.


Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1

Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2

Drag and Drop Quiz 3: 


Quantifiers: something, anybody …



I didn’t have anything to say.

I don’t know anybody in this neighbourhood.

There isn’t anywhere else I would want to be right now.

I didn’t have nothing to say.

I don’t know nobody in this neighbourhood.

There isn’t nowhere else I would want to be right now.

The words nothing, nobody, nowhere are already negative, consequently, you do not use these words with “not”. The following paired sentences are interchangeable:I do not know anybody in my apartment building = I know nobody in my apartment building.

I don’t know anything about it = I know nothing about it.

We usually use anything, anybody, anywhere when asking questions, although this is not a hard and fast rule.

Did you understand anything I said?

Did you understand something I said?

Adjectives with a preposition

Accustomed to
Afraid of
Answerable to
Attached to
Aware of
Capable of
Dependent on
Different to
Doubtful about
Enthusiastic about
Excited about
Famous for
Fond of
Guilty of
Interested in
Keen on
Opposed to
Pleased with
Popular with
Proud of
Related to
Rich in
Satisfied with
Serious about
Similar to
Suitable for
Suspicious of
Used to (=accustomed to)
  1. Some adjectives can be followed by two or more different prepositions:
Annoyed about somethingThe actors were annoyed about the criticism in their film reviews.
Annoyed with someoneThey were annoyed with us for parking on their lawn.
Good/Bad at somethingI’m very bad at cooking.
Good/Bad for somethingThe expected interest rate cut will be good for industry.
Good/Bad with somethingShe should be in sales. She’s very good with customers.
Responsible to someoneThe waiter is responsible to the head waiter.
Responsible for somethingHe is responsible for choosing the menu of the day.
Sorry about somethingI am sorry about the turkey. It’s a shame it was burnt.
Sorry for doing somethingHe said he was sorry for having forgotten our date.
(Feel) sorry for someoneI feel very sorry for Jack. He has just lost his job.
  1. These combinations of adjectives with prepositions may be followed by a noun or noun phrase:

The students were very excited about the results of the experiment.

  1. When followed by a verb, the -ing form must be used:

Please let me know whether you would be interested in arranging a meeting.


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