Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper suspects.
Who was Jack the Ripper?
BBC London presents a case against five of the main suspects - who do you think was London's most notorious serial killer?
From the ripper or a hoax?
It was 120 years ago this week that London's greatest mystery cast its grim shadow over the Victorian metropolis - the 'Whitechapel Murders'.
The first of five Jack the Ripper murders terrorised the capital and the identity of the most famous serial killer of all times has haunted the world's imagination ever since.
Mary Ann Nichols was the first of five women slaughtered by Jack the Ripper. The others were Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. The 'Whitechapel Murders' could have seen as many as eleven victims.
An illustration from 1891
The tragic women would have all been forgotten by history had they not had the fatal misfortune to meet the Ripper in London's East End. So it is perhaps appropriate that this week the breakfast show will be putting five suspects in the dock, five suspects who have all been accused of being Jack.
We have sifted the evidence and reviewed the history of almost three dozen possible perpetrators. We lay before you the five most likely and you will decide who is innocent and who could be guilty.
You can listen to all five here now.
Monday - Prince Albert Victor, the Duke of Clarence
Robert Elms outlines the case for the prosecution against Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Albert Victor, the Duke of Clarence. At one time second in line to the throne of Great Britain could he really be Jack the Ripper?
Tuesday - Michael Ostrog
Vanessa Feltz presents the case for the prosecution against our second suspect. In the dock is Michael Ostrog, a Russian doctor who was detained as a 'homicidal maniac'.
Wednesday - Montague John Druitt
Time now to consider the evidence against our third suspect. Someone considered by a majority of Ripper experts to be the prime suspect. Here to present the case against lawyer Montague John Druitt is Danny Baker.
Thursday - Nathan Kaminsky/David Cohen
Today a fourth man stands accused. Paul Ross will lay the case for the prosecution before you. The suspect is known as both Nathan Kaminsky and David Cohen. He was confused by a pair of senior police officers years after the Ripper murders ceased with another Jewish suspect, the far less convincing Aaron Kosminsky.
Friday - Walter Sickert
One last man stands accused before you. Prosecuting counsel, and star of Crossroads, JoAnne Good presents the case against Walter Sickert. Walter Sickert (1860-1942), a very highly regarded British painter, was named in recent years as Jack the Ripper by American crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.
Who do you think is Jack the Ripper?
Ladies and gentlemen of the London Jury we await your verdict.
Michael Ostrog - a prime Ripper suspect
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last updated: 10/11/2008 at 15:13
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