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13/07/06
The Naming of Jack the Ripper
- Newly discovered evidence to be unveiled at the Crime Museum

The Naming of Jack the Ripper. Photo by Lindsay J. CarmackJACK THE RIPPER is still a name that sends a chill through the spine, 118 years after the brutal murder of at least five East End women first came to light. Now that sinister alias could be pulled back to reveal the identity of the killer.

Newly discovered documents belonging to a relative of Chief Inspector Donald Swanson, the detective in charge of the 1888 investigation, are to be unveiled, documents that are said to cite the main police suspect.

Hundreds of books, articles and TV documentaries have been written on the subject and re-enactments of the horrific crimes can be seen at the London Dungeon, but there has always been much disagreement as to who the killer was, with members of the Royal family and artist Walter Sickert among those names often bandied around.

The new Jack the Ripper evidence is part of the re-launch after refurbishment of the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, which claims to be the world’s oldest crime museum.

Note: the museum is not open to the public. More info at: http://www.met.police.uk/history/crime_museum.htm



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