New Documentary Aims To Uncover The Identity Of Jack The Ripper

He is possibly the most notorious serial killer in history but more than 130 years since his bloodthirsty spree, the true identity of Jack the Ripper remains a mystery.

However, that could all be about to change as a new three-part series, Jack The Ripper: The Case Reopened, will see police using new scientific technology to unmask the cold-blooded murderer once and for all.

Hosted by Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, the documentary will use original crime scene photos and a virtual reality dissection table, as top forensic and crime experts re-analyse the murders.

The Ripper is known to have murdered at least five women during his rampage across Victorian London - Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly - but it's widely thought he may have killed many, many more.

The three-part series will reopen the case into Britain's most notorious killer. Credit: BBC
The three-part series will reopen the case into Britain's most notorious killer. Credit: BBC

Speaking ahead of the new series, Emilia, who is best-known for her role as forensic pathologist Dr. Nikki Alexander in crime drama Silent Witness, says she's excited to get to grips with Britain's most infamous killer.

The actress said: "Having worked on crime drama for many years, this project has been a truly fascinating insight into how current real police procedure, forensics and technology can be applied to the most famous of unsolved historical crimes - the Jack the Ripper murders.

"Working alongside Professor David Wilson, a leading expert in the psychology of criminals, we have approached it as a cold case might be investigated now, and with the help of other leading experts, have taken another look at the mind and actions of this brutal murderer.

"This documentary appealed to me hugely because of my interest in crime, forensics and pathology and also because it looks at the victims - the women Jack the Ripper chose and what left them so vulnerable to his brutality.

The Ripper is known to have killed at least five women during his murderous rampage in Victorian London. Credit: BBC
The Ripper is known to have killed at least five women during his murderous rampage in Victorian London. Credit: BBC

"It's been an immense privilege to get this behind-the-scenes insight into real crime-solving on such a fascinating case."

Craig Hunter, BBC Commissioning Editor, added: "Jack the Ripper is synonymous with murder and intrigue - even if you don't know all the details, you will have heard of the case.

"It is remarkable to think that today's scientific techniques can be used to help try and tackle unanswered questions which are more than a century old."

The actress will co-host the new series and hopes to finally solve the 130-year-old mystery. Credit: BBC
The actress will co-host the new series and hopes to finally solve the 130-year-old mystery. Credit: BBC

This isn't the first time experts have tried to uncover who The Ripper really was. Last week scientists claimed they actually had after tests of a blood-stained shawl, believed to have belonged to the killer himself, pointed to Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski - the prime suspect at the time of the murders.

But it would seem the BBC aren't too convinced.

Jack The Ripper: The Case Reopened will air on BBC One on Thursday 4 April at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: Fox

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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