New evidence has pointed to a panel beater who murdered two young girls in the s as being 'Jack the Stripper', who was behind the horrific deaths of six prostitutes in s Britain. In Harold Jones was a year-old shop assistant when he killed Freda Burnell, eight, in Abertillery, Monmouthshire, before being acquitted due to a lack of evidence. Two months later he lured Florence Little, 11, back to his parents' home before hitting her over the head with a piece of wood, slitting her throat, and hiding her body in the attic. Jones was released from Wandsworth Prison in and joined the Army, where he stayed for five years. He discovered that Jones was living in west London at the time of the murders under an assumed name, and has handed a file of evidence to the Metropolitan Police. Professor Wilson suggests he was Jack The Stripper because he was living locally, had changed his name to Stevens, and had links to an industrial estate where police say the bodies were kept before being thrown into the Thames. His work as a panel beater could also explain the paint flecks found on the bodies of four of the victims.
The Case Of Jack The Stripper And The Hammersmith Nude Murders
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He struck seemingly from out of nowhere. A small area of London lived in fear that he would kill again. Several prostitutes were slain in secret and left on display in gruesome displays of power and control. Like his more ridiculously infamous namesake, this Jack struck at least six times in all. Some believe he killed up to eight women. His death toll is an ambiguous one as two of his supposed victims do not match the Modus Operandi as the other six.
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The Hammersmith nude murders was a series of six murders in London , England, in and Despite "intense media interest and one of the biggest manhunts in Scotland Yard 's history" the case is unsolved. A post-mortem photograph of Figg's face distributed to the press was independently recognized by her flatmate and her mother.
In the early hours of June 17, , two police officers walking their beat in the suburbs of London made a gruesome discovery. There in a park lay the body of a young woman, tucked inside a patch of tall grass. The woman had been strangled and her clothes had been ripped open, exposing her breasts, and her underwear and shoes were missing. The police immediately began asking the public if they knew anything about the young victim, soon identified as Elizabeth Figg, who had been working in the area as a prostitute. The owner of a nearby pub told police that he had seen a pair of headlights early in the morning, and heard a woman scream just after the lights cut off.