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  • No, Infographics didn't do one of its rare  goofs again- this video really is about Jack  

  • the Stripper, the British serial killer  who terrorized London during the 1960s,  

  • 75 years after the infamous  Jack the Ripper evaded police.

  • The first body was found early on the morning  of June 17th, 1959, when two coppers came across  

  • the body of a young woman. The woman had had her  clothes ripped open and clearly been strangled,  

  • with her underwear and shoes missing. The woman  was ID'ed as Elizabeth Figg, known to locals to  

  • work as a prostitute in the area. Yet when it  came to her killer, the only lead the bobbies  

  • could drum up was from a nearby pub owner who  had seen a pair of headlights in the area early  

  • in the morning, then saw the headlights click  off and shortly after heard a woman's scream.

  • With no leads, the rozzers gave up  on the case, writing off the murder  

  • as just yet another tragic lady of the  night being killed off by a bad john.  

  • However, almost four years later a second body  would be discovered in a similar condition  

  • and the same area as Figg's. This body would be  identified as Gwynneth Rees, also a sex worker.  

  • Rees had also been stripped of her clothes but her  body had been decapitated with a shovel, likely  

  • after death. With two bodies in the same condition  so close together, The Bill knew that they had a  

  • serial killer on their hands- and this time they  wouldn't have to wait long for the next victim.

  • Hannah Tailford, yet another prostitute, turned  up along the banks of the river Thames a year  

  • later. Also stripped of her clothes, Tailford  even had had several false teeth ripped out,  

  • and her underwear was discovered shoved down her  throat. Investigators believed that she had been  

  • strangled to death after the underwear was forced  down her throat. Rather than wait another year,  

  • the killer now known as Jack the Stripper for  his penchant of stripping his victims nude,  

  • struck again in April of that year, just  months after Tailford's death. This time  

  • it was a pregnant woman named Irene Lockwoodalso found stripped and strangled to death.

  • Jack the Stripper was accelerating his killingand despite their best efforts the bizzies  

  • couldn't find a single lead. It was believed  that the killer strangled his victims before  

  • he stripped them, and other than occasionally  finding a victim who had been punched, there  

  • were no other signs of struggle. The bodies had  also been kept someplace warm before being dumped,  

  • meaning that it was likely Jack the Stripper  was gaining the women's confidence before  

  • killing them. As the victims were all suspected  prostitutes, it was almost certain that Jack was  

  • simply paying for their services, lulling them  into a false sense of security, and killing them.

  • Then the five-oh got its first real breakthrough,  

  • when Jack struck again just  weeks after his latest murder.

  • Helem Barthelemy, also a suspected prostitutewas discovered stripped and strangled to death.  

  • Once more there were no witnesses, but this  time the killer had left behind a clue- flecks  

  • of paint on the victim's body. Forensics quickly  identified the paint as that used in an automotive  

  • paint spray gun and the first real lead fueled an  investigation into local auto body repair shops.  

  • Yet this was a very faint clue to work from, and  provided no real details to the killer's identity.

  • In short order, three more bodies  were discovered, all stripped,  

  • all strangled to death. However, on two of the  bodies more of the same paint was discovered.  

  • As prostitutes in the area were questionedone came forward who knew the latest victim.  

  • She described a man who had picked up the victim  on the night before she was discovered dead,  

  • at last giving the boys in blue a solid lead.

  • Police would launch an investigation that rounded  up almost 7,000 men, all thoroughly interviewed.  

  • Their best lead however would be the paint found  on the bodies, which was eventually matched with  

  • paint from a local body repair shop in the areaGiven the shop's warmth from all the equipment,  

  • it was thought that the suspect must have been  bringing the women here before killing them,  

  • which explained why the bodies had clearly  been kept somewhere warm before being dumped.  

  • After thoroughly investigating all of the  workers with access to the shop though,  

  • investigators were no closer  to nailing down a suspect.

  • Until they turned their attention  to a local security guard.

  • Mungo Ireland was a security guard who worked  in the area, and would have had access to the  

  • workshop. Police began tailing Ireland and  interviewing him, and a month after the last  

  • murder he was found dead inside his car. Ireland  had run a hose from the car's exhaust and into  

  • the cab, pinning it in place with a cracked  open window and suffocating himself. A note  

  • discovered by his wife read, “To save you and the  police looking for me, I'll be in the garage.”

  • The murders stopped after Ireland's deathwhich would seem to indicate that the peelers  

  • had found their man. However, after his  death it was discovered that Ireland may  

  • have been out of the country when  one of the victims was murdered-  

  • so then why did he kill himself after he believed  he was under investigation? Could he have been  

  • part of yet another criminal ploy that went  undiscovered? Ireland's corpse told no stories.

  • Another local actually came forward  and confessed to one of the murders,  

  • but then retracted his confession when he  was tried for the crime. With no additional  

  • evidence that linked him to the murder and no  ties to the auto repair shop that matched the  

  • paint found on the bodies, a jury found him not  guilty and he was acquitted. Many years later,  

  • a reformed mafioso writing a book on  crime claimed that while conducting  

  • investigations into the local underworld  he discovered information that painted  

  • light heavyweight boxing champion Freddie Mills  as the murderer. According to the mafioso,  

  • two local gangsters suspected Mills all alongthough Mills was found dead by gunshot in 1965.

  • Others would pop up as the suspected  murderers decades after the killings ended,  

  • but the strongest evidence may have  pointed to a killer living right under  

  • London police's nose the entire time. In  1921 Harold Jones, age 15, killed two girls.  

  • Given his very young age he wasn't eligible for  the death penalty and instead thrown in prison  

  • for life. Twenty years later though in 1941 he  was released from prison for exemplary behavior  

  • and drafted into the Merchant Marine to help  run vital supplies between England and America.

  • Jones changed his name after the war to  Harry in an effort to evade his past,  

  • and lived a quiet life as a night watchmanHe died of bone cancer in 1971, and while  

  • no physical evidence ever linked him to the  murders, some people believe that his proximity  

  • to the murders and two previous killings of young  girls matched the same MO of Jack the Stripper.

  • In the end nobody knows who really was Jack  the Stripper, and though DNA evidence of at  

  • least one of the suspects is available by  a surviving son, the police never recovered  

  • anything from the bodies which might today still  hold traces of the killer's DNA. Much like the  

  • original Jack the Ripper, this serial killer's  identity would remain a mystery forevermore.

  • Now go watch You won't believe who jack the  ripper is- new 2019 dna test reveals his identity,  

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No, Infographics didn't do one of its rare  goofs again- this video really is about Jack  

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    Summer posted on 2021/04/18
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