Jack the Ripper and London Skyline.
JAMES MONRO

ASSISTANT POLICE COMMISSIONER

RESIGNED AUGUST 31ST 1888.
Top hatted image of Jack the Ripper.
Introduction

Contents

Jack the Ripper's Victims

Jack the Ripper Photos

Police Officers

Mary Nichols

Annie Chapman

Common Lodging Houses

Prostitution 1888


Old Board School.



Commercial Street Police Station.



Christchurch Spitalfields.



Old houses



Sir Charles Warren may not have been the bungling Warren perceived as Colonel Blimp.Colonel Blimp that many commentators have portrayed him as, but he certainly had a fiery temper as well as decidedly fixed ideas about who should have ultimate control over his police force.

 This made it difficult for him to easily assume the role of subordinate, which in turn brought him into confrontation with his superior, the Home Secretary, Henry Matthews. Ultimately one of these confrontations would lead to him resigning his post at the height of the Ripper scare. 

 

At the start of the Whitechapel Murders Warren’s Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Criminal Investigation, or detective, Department, was James Monro. In addition Monro was in charge of the Metropolitan Police’s Secret Department, known as ‘Section D.’This department,James Monro. Assistant Police Commissioner. was directly responsible to the Home Secretary, not the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, leaving Warren in the untenable position of having a subordinate officer over some of whose duties he had neither authority or influence.

 

In November 1887, Monro complained to Warren that he was overworked, and suggested that a new post, that of Assistant Chief Constable, be created to relieve the strain he was under. Warren, perhaps understandably, suggested that Monro give up his Section D Duties. Relations between the two men deteriorated at an alarming rate over the next seven months, and by August 1888 Monro had tendered his resignation as head of the Criminal Investigation Department.

 

ROBERT ANDERSON REPLACES MONRO

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