Is this the face of Jack the Ripper?

While checking my mail at work a news story headline caught my eye. It was about Jack the Ripper and how artists and scientists have come up with a sketch of what he could look like. They based it on hundred year old accounts of the crimes. Below is the sketch and the article.

LONDON (Nov. 21) – British analysts have created a composite police drawing of Jack the Ripper, depicting the notorious Victorian serial killer with a mustache, a receding hairline and bushy eyebrows, the makers of a new television documentary said Monday.

Using the 118-year-old statements of 13 witnesses, a Metropolitan Police analyst created an image of what the prostitute-killer is believed to have looked like. The killer’s image was to be unveiled Tuesday on the British television channel Five.

“It’s a popular misconception that nobody ever saw the murderer, that he just vanished into the fog of London,” said former Metropolitan Police commander John Grieve in a statement. “Well that’s just not right. There were witnesses at the time who were highly thought of by the police.”

Grieve examined the witnesses’ statements and found enough similarity to think they could have been talking about the same man. The computer drawing of the murderer’s face was created from the descriptions. The newest investigators believe the murderer was between 25 and 35 years old and between 5-foot-5-inches and 5-foot-7-inches tall.

Jack the Ripper remains infamous, in part because his identity was never unmasked. More than 200 people have been accused of the murders of at least five East London prostitutes in 1888. The suspects have ranged from “Alice in Wonderland” author Lewis Carroll to Sir John Williams, the royal family’s obstetrician, to painter William Richard Sickert


If you ask me, he looks a little like Freddie Mercury, don’t ya think?


~ by B on November 21, 2006.

3 Responses to “Is this the face of Jack the Ripper?”

  1. Interesting how they can do this after all those year. a little like freddie, yes.

  2. I like the new look around here! Very kewl banner!

  3. The face of Jack the Ripper is intriguing as was the programmes claim that they had isolated the street in which he lived to Flower and Dean Street. This was ne of the streets in London’s so called “Wicked Quarter Mile,” a section of Commercial Street where most of Jack the Ripper’s victims lived. Interestingly, although Jack the Ripper was only a threat to a small (miniscule even) section of society in a very tiny part of London he terrified the whole country. This was largely as a result of the press coverage. There were numerous reports in the press giving descriptions of people who may have seen the face of Jack the Ripper, but the police only concentrated on a small group. The majority of these witnesses described him as “foreign looking” and one important witness described him as have the “overall appearance of a sailor.” So Im not sure that is the face of Jack the Ripper but I do agree it could well be the face of the late great Freddie Mercury!!

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