While searching through old evidence, police found what appears to be Jack the Ripper’s face in an unusual place.
Because we still don’t know for sure what the notorious Victorian serial killer looked like, it would be more accurate to say that we now have a good idea of what he looked like.
On the other hand, you should still check this out.
A detective working the case became obsessed with finding the person — or persons? — responsible for the brutal murders of at least five women in the East End of London in the late 1800s, and the horrifying impression was discovered on the end of the detective’s walking cane.
Since Scotland Yard’s Frederick Abberline had been unable to identify the perpetrator, he was relieved of his duties in 1889.
The only known likeness of the murderer is carved into the handle of his walking stick.
In spite of the fact that it’s a rather fantastical depiction of what Jack the Ripper might have looked like, this historical artifact is still awesome.
Although several potential culprits have been identified over the years, we still don’t know who committed the murders.
The cane itself had been kept in storage at the Police College in Bramshill, Hampshire for a long time, and its possible loss had been lamented after the institution’s closure in 2015.
However, it has recently resurfaced after some digging by College of Policing employees through old records stored at their Ryton, West Midlands, headquarters.
A representative from the organization said that two employees discovered the cane while sifting through the leftovers from when Bramshill had closed.
It is now on display to show new recruits how far law enforcement has come since those early days.
Antony Cash, the college’s content creator, said, “Finding this cane was exciting for us.”
One of the largest and most publicized murder investigations in our country’s history, Jack the Ripper’s crimes were instrumental in the development of modern policing and forensics. This is because they prompted police to try out and refine methods like crime scene preservation, profiling, and photography in an effort to catch the killer.
“It’s amazing that we can put it out on display here in Ryton, alongside the original newspaper cuttings, so that our officers can see, firsthand, how far we’ve come in policing since then,” said one officer, referring to the walking cane as “a fascinating artifact that represents such a historically significant time in policing.”
At least five women were murdered in Whitechapel and then mutilated in a way that suggests the killer was familiar with anatomy and possibly had a surgical background.
Murderers also sent police messages taunting them and sent body parts, including a kidney, to them.
In addition to well-known figures like Prince Albert and Lewis Carroll (of “Alice in Wonderland” fame), lesser-known figures like Montague John Druitt, Aaron Kosminski, and Doctor Francis Tumblety have also been considered possible suspects in the Ripper murders.
It’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever learn the truth about the monstrosity that stalked Victorian London, so this cane may be our only chance to see the beast’s true face.
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