Monday 30 November 2015

Serial Killers: Jack the Stripper

Number of victims:  8   

Date of murders: 1964 - 1965

Method of murder: Strangulation  

Location: London, England 

Seventy-five years after Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of London, another unnamed serial killer appeared to terrorize the citizens of England's capital. Like the Ripper, he was a prostitute killer, claiming at least six (possibly eight) victims during a two year killing spree between 1964 and 1965. Then he disappeared never to be heard from again. The media dubbed him, "Jack the Stripper."

The Stripper first announced himself on February 2, 1964, when 30-year-old prostitute Hannah Tailford was found strangled to death near Hammersmith Bridge, her underwear forced down her throat. Over the months that followed, he appeared with deadly regularity, strangling five more women, discarding their bodies in plain view, as though taunting the police.

The police, meanwhile, launched a massive operation, carrying out over 7,000 victims and eventually focusing in on one man, 40-year-old Mungo Ireland, known locally as Big John. Ireland committed suicide before the police could arrest him but recent research suggests that he was not in London at the time of at least one of the murders and therefore could not have been the Stripper.

The killer's true identity remains as much of a mystery as the identity of the original Jack.

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