The face of “Jack the Ripper” could appear on this 130-year-old cane

Archivists recently stumbled upon a cane believed to represent a suspect in Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer who wreaked havoc on London’s East End in the autumn of 1888.

Jack the Ripper was responsible for the murders of at least five sex workers in the Whitechapel area: Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. The victims had their throats cut and, in some cases, their internal organs removed and their bodies mutilated.

The skillful disemboweling has led to much speculation that the murderer may have practiced a skilled profession involving blades and scalpels, such as a surgeon, barber or butcher.

Dozens of suspicious names have been thrown into the ring over the past 130 years, but the case remains unsolved to this day. There were, however, a number of suspects that police had their eye on at the time and there was even a facial composite of the killer, which researchers at the College of Policing believe this cane is based on.

The cane was originally given to Chief Inspector Abberline, the chief inspector of London’s Metropolitan Police who led the investigation into the unsolved Whitechapel murders, by his team in 1888.

A carved cane representing Jack the Ripper in a display case at the Museum.

Another photo of the recently rediscovered cane. Image Credit: College of Police Services

The cane had been lost for several years after Bramshill Police Staff College closed in 2015 where it was originally on display. However, it was recently rediscovered by two College of Policing staff who were sorting through artifacts of police memorabilia which had been stored after the Bramshill site was closed.

While this vaguely creepy sculpture is unlikely to settle the debate over Jack the Ripper’s identity, archivists believe it is an intriguing relic from that dark and sinister chapter in the history of the Ripper. London.

“Finding this rod was an exciting moment for us. 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 as they led the police to begin to experiment and develop new techniques as she attempted to solve these problems. murders, such as crime scene preservation, profiling and photography,” Antony Cash, content creator at the College of Policing, said in a statement.

“This cane is such a fascinating artifact that represents a historically significant period in policing, and it’s amazing that we can display it here at Ryton, alongside the original newspaper clippings, so our officers can see firsthand how We have come a long way in policing since then,” Cash continued.

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