Jack the Ripper is the only known facial composite found in the archives
The alleged face of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper has finally been revealed after police make a chilling discovery while sifting through old records.
While the true identity of the infamous killer has never been discovered, the killer’s only known facial portrait has now been shared.
Among dozens of artifacts, the face was found engraved on the handle of a wooden cane, which belonged to the policeman who spent years trying to catch it.
Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline was taken off the case in 1889 after failing to find Jack the Ripper, who terrorized the streets of London’s East End.
The chilling image is the only reported facial composition of the killer, whose identity remains a mystery more than a century later.
For years the wooden cane artefact had been stored at Bramshill Police College in Hampshire, UK, and it was feared it could be lost when the institution closed in 2015.
Fortunately, it was rediscovered by staff searching for memorabilia at the College of Policing headquarters in Ryton, West Midlands.
Now Jack the Ripper’s face has been put on display to highlight advances in police technology to recruits.
A College of Policing spokesperson said two staff members dug it up while browsing artifacts in storage after Bramshill closed.
“Finding this cane was an exciting time for us,” said college content creator Antony Cash.
« Jack the Ripper is one of the greatest and most infamous murder cases in our history and his crimes were important in paving the way for modern day policing and forensics because it caused the police to begin experimenting and developing new techniques as she attempted to try and solve these murders, such as crime scene preservation, profiling, and photography.
« This cane is such a fascinating artifact that represents a historically significant period in policing.
« It’s amazing that we can display it here at Ryton, alongside the original clippings, so our officers can see firsthand how far we’ve come in policing since then. »
Jack the Ripper brutally slaughtered at least five women in three months in 1888.
Each victim’s throat was cut and the body mutilated in a way that suggested the killer had some knowledge of human anatomy.
A half-kidney extracted from a victim was sent to the police, along with a series of provocative notes from the alleged killer calling himself « Jack the Ripper ».
The police made great efforts to unmask and trap him, but to no avail.
Their failure to find the serial killer sparked public outrage, which led to the resignation of the London Police Commissioner.
The cane was given to Detective Abberline after he was taken off the case.
He retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1892 after 30 years of service and died in 1929 never knowing Jack the Ripper’s true identity.