How do we get close to a killer the police haven't been able to identify for over 100 years? With the help of renowned British crime historians and authors Applying modern techniques and trawling the archives Mystery Files unearths new evidence to eliminate an age old suspect, and discovers a new likely candidate was right under the policemen's nose.
Where the police went wrong in their 19th Century hunt for Jack the Ripper was in the initial approach they took to the case. Victorian London had never seen anything like Jack before, and they presumed that the only man capable of such horrendous deeds must be a raving maniac. With little knowledge of schizophrenia or other mental illness they disregarded 100's of suspects which modern policing would have picked up, and it’s here where Jack the Ripper still hides.
Pat Brown - Criminal Profiler
Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE) and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency.
Pat has provided crime commentary, and profiling and forensic analysis in over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and across the globe. She can be seen regularly on the Cable Television news programs MSNBC, CNN, and FOX, and is a frequent guest of Nancy Grace, America’s Most Wanted, and The Montel Williams Show. For four seasons, Pat Brown profiled crimes on the weekly Court TV crime show, I, Detective. Criminal Profiler Pat Brown is the host of the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra. In the spring of 2006, Pat went inside one of Florida’s maximum-security prisons to interview a child murderer for the new Discovery Channel series, Evil Minds.
She is the author of Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers (2003), and a contract writer for Crime Library. Pat contributed special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of Profiler: Season Two and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino’s crime classic, Reservoir Dogs.
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Prof. Bob Peckitt - The National Centre for Policing Excellence
Is an expert on Victorian and Edwardian Crime. Bob Peckitt is also the Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist responsible for setting up the Remand Assessment and Transfer and Treat Services at Cheswold Park Hospital. He joined the hospital from NHS practice at Rampton High Secure Hospital, where hecared for patients in the Personality Disorder Service and latterly, the Women's National High Secure Service, where he specialised in the care of women with severe personality disorders.
His interests include working for the interests of mentally disordered offenders with the Howard League for Penal Reform. He sits as a medical member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. His work as visiting Professor of Forensic Psychiatry to the University of Lincoln is complementary to his new role as Director of Education, at the Centre for Forensic Studies, at Cheswold Park Hospital
Donald Rumbelow - Crime Historian
Is an internationally recognised crime and London Historian. He has featured in many radio and television documentaries. Two of his books, The Houndsditch Murders, and The complete Jack the Ripper, which one the Swedish academy of Detection award as the Best Non-Fiction Crime book of the year, were based wholly or in part on manuscripts and photographs which were rescued from destruction. He is a former chairman of the Crime writers asscociation .
He is a professional lecturer/tour guide and former Policeman.He is also the co-author of bookJack The Ripper , Scotland Yard Investigates.
Alan Moss - Author, The Scotland Yard Files
Alan Moss is a retired Police Chief Superintendent, served 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, and collaborated with Martin Fido and Keith Skinner on The Official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard.Alan Moss and Keith Skinner are authors of The Scotland Yard Files - Milestones in Crime Detection published by The National Archives
A Jewish Butcher that lived in whitechapel at the time of the 'Ripper Murders'
Jack The Ripper Suspect
The first Jack The Ripper Victim , murdered on 31st August 1888. Her body was found on Bucks Row, Whitechapel.
Aged 47, she was the second Ripper victim. Murdered on 8th September 1888. She was discovered outside 29 Hanbury street.
Considered the 3rd Jack The Ripper victim. She was a 45 yr old Swedish immigrant and casual Prostitute. Elizabeth was found dead on Dutfield’s Yard on the 30th September 1888
The 4th Ripper victim was the second woman found killed it what was called the ‘double event’. The 46 year old’s body was found on Mitre Square on the 30th September 1888.
Thought to be the last the Ripper victims. The 25 year old prostitute was murdered in her home in Millers court on 9th November 1888.
There were 11 murders between 1888 -1891 which Police Classified as ‘The Whitechapel Murders’. All of the murders at some stage have been considered as ‘Ripper’ murders.
On the Night of her Murder, Catherine Eddowes was detained for being drunk. Before her release she gave her name as Mary Ann Kelly, which is coincidentally the name of the woman who is considered to be the 5th Jack the Ripper victim.
The name ‘Jack The Ripper’ originated from a letter that was written by the alleged Murderer and sent to the Central News Agency in September 1888.
At the time of the Ripper murders, it was commonly believed that they would be able to discover the Identity of Jack The Ripper by looking at and photographing the victim’s eyes. It was thought that the last image that the victim had seen before their death would remain imprinted on their eyes.
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