Question about tenses past / present (easy)
Hello. I was reading a book this afternoon and I read this :
"1888 : Jack the Ripper strikes in London - he is never caught".
I would have instinctively said "he has never been caught". Is this correct or "he is never caught" is the only acceptable tense in this situation?
Also, I was surprised because in this book called "Horrible histories, Vile Victorians", the authors have decided to make a list of events, chronogically ordered and they use the present tense to deal with them. At the university, I was told we should use the "past tense" when we talked about History and / or events that were over (with a date).
In French, we have a tense called "présent historique" that allows us to use present tense to talk about past events. I wondered if it was the same here.
Thank you for your answers.