Emilia Fox unmasks key Jack The Ripper suspect in new BBC documentary

Emilia Fox unmasks key Jack The Ripper suspect in new BBC documentary

‘It also felt like it was absolutely the right conclusion to come to given all the evidence we’d examined during the course of the programme.’

She added: ‘He wasn’t some legendary, celebrity serial killer. He was a man who had mental health issues, who did brutal things to vulnerable women.

‘I find it comforting that today he’d have been caught be police very quickly.’

Between August and November 1888, five horrifically violent murders took place in Whitechapel, London.

The victims were all poor, working-class women. A huge manhunt ensued involving hundreds of officers, but Jack the Ripper was never caught.

Last year, the BBC confirmed that Emilia would reexamining the Jack The Ripper case for the one-off hour-long documentary.

At the time, she 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.

‘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.

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

Jack The Ripper: The Case Reopened airs Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.

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