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Exciting, if faintly implausible, news! Using e-fit techniques, investigators have released an image of Jack The Ripper's face.

Here he is, the grisly beast:


Is it just me, or...



Date: 2008-09-06 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sensaes.livejournal.com
I took the Freddie Mercury comparison route when I posted the item last year two years ago*. ;o)

*Flippin' heck...time really does fly!
Edited Date: 2008-09-06 04:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-09-06 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spyderfyngers.livejournal.com
Two years?!

*checks date*

Oh gawd.

Date: 2008-09-06 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sensaes.livejournal.com
The idea that s/he had earlier victims is a little more current:


Date: 2008-09-06 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spyderfyngers.livejournal.com
Oh yes, I heard about that. Supposedly, the bodies were left outside the mortuaries and someone came by and nicked a kidney.

Although Patricia Cornwell's theory has been well and truly pooed all over, I did find her mentions of other uncannily similar murders before/after the famous ones very interesting. The little boy in the stable - have you heard about him?

Date: 2008-09-08 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyattercop.livejournal.com
I haven't! Do tell, do tell.

I'm a serial killer/true crime junkie. I don't miss having access to TV, but I do miss all the forensic shows I used to watch.

Date: 2008-09-08 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spyderfyngers.livejournal.com
The details are sketchy (I read the book when I was a teen) but after the Ripper murders, a boy was discovered in a stable eviscerated identically to the Ripper victims, legs lopped over and tied to his sides with twine, shoes stuffed into the abdominal cavity. The details of the case were eerily similar to the Ripper killings. Actually, there were a lot of very similar murders before/during/after the time when the Ripper was at large. It would appear he was active before the famous five murders and went on tour afterwards.

Patricia Cornwell's theory is a little silly, but the book is massively entertaining.

Date: 2008-09-08 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyattercop.livejournal.com
We have Cornwell's book (I think). Ducky read it a few years back, so it should be skulking around a bookshelf somewhere.

He said the same thing when he read it: interesting and entertaining, but hardly conclusive. It lead to endless discussions about ol' Jacky Boy (and later the Zodiac Killer) in our house. I never ended up reading it, because I wasn't a fan of her "artist as the killer" theory. Too much of her "evidence" is easy to debunk if you've ever known a strange, obsessive artist. Like the fact that Sickert painted his own room and titled it something like "Jack the Ripper's Room," for example. That doesn't prove he was the killer; it proves that like every artist, he painted from his personal life because it's handy and free. d-:

I'm going to have to pick the book up for the stable boy story alone.

Date: 2008-09-06 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sistermorticia.livejournal.com
Jack the Ripper was a Mexican bandito?!!

I don't think the police could accuse him of being 'frighteningly normal' with ears like that.

Date: 2008-09-06 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spyderfyngers.livejournal.com
I'd say the spikes sticking out of his neck were a pretty good indicator of serial killer potential...

Date: 2008-09-11 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enthusiasmflail.livejournal.com

Well, I suppose several of the Whitechapel locals could have used a stay or two at the YMCA!

Date: 2008-09-15 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spyderfyngers.livejournal.com
You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal, you can eviscerate a few of the local dollymops...

Date: 2009-05-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexthai.livejournal.com
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