For years the crimes of Jack the Ripper have inspired both horror and intrigue. There are many theories as to the identity of the killer, but few are based on facts. To this day his reign of terror remains one of history’s greatest mysteries – motiveless, unmatched in brutality, and still unsolved.
This documentary film follows Laura Richards, Head of Scotland Yard’s Homicide Prevention Unit, as she re-opens the case of Jack the Ripper. With the benefits of modern criminology and psychological analysis, and working with a team of experts, Richards uses 21st-century forensic techniques to understand a 19th-century killer, dispelling the many myths that have grown up around the case and revealing the truth about Jack the Ripper – the first modern serial killer.
The results completely change our understanding of Jack the Ripper, providing a detailed psychological study of the kind of person he was, where he lived and even what he may have looked like. Shockingly it reveals that the detectives investigating the case in 1888 were looking for the wrong kind of person, and had little chance of catching the Ripper – if the techniques used by modern police forces had been available, the Ripper would almost certainly have been caught.
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