Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Talk About Your Cold Case File

Was this Jack the Ripper?

According to an article in the
The Times of India, Jack the Ripper was short, stocky and about 30 years old "frighteningly normal" according to a profile of the notorious Victorian-era killer published on Monday using state-of-the-art technology.

Laura Richards, head of analysis for the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Command, has drawn up what is believed to be the most accurate portrait of the murderer after analysing evidence from the case using modern police techniques. She claims that the evidence from 118-years ago shows that the ripper was between 25 and 35 years old, had a stocky build, and stood between five feet five inches and five feet seven inches tall.

"We can name the street where he probably lived and we can see what he looked like; and we can explain, finally, why this killer eluded justice," Richards said.

Doesn't it seem these efforts could be put to better use on cases where the killers might be less than 150 years old?

Hat tip to Yahoo news for the picture.

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