BBC To Release True Crime Documentary On Jack The Ripper
While the demand for true-crime documentaries is higher than ever, the BBC will revisit one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in British history in the hopes of revealing the true identity of Jack the Ripper.
Jack The Ripper: The Case Reopened will air as part of a new true crime series on BBC One on Thursday 4th April at 9pm.
The three-part series will see police applying new scientific technology to cold cases in a bid to reveal the gruesome murderer's true identity.
Hosted by Professor David Wilson and Emilia Fox, the documentary will use original crime scene photos and a virtual reality dissection table as top forensic and crime experts re-analyse the murders.
The Ripper is known to have murdered at least five women; Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly, but it's widely thought he may have butchered many more.
Emilia said of theh groundbreaking new series: "Having worked on crime drama for many years this project has been a truly fascinating insight into how current real police procedure, forensics and technology can be applied to the most famous of unsolved historical crimes - the Jack the Ripper murders. Working alongside Professor David Wilson, a leading expert in the psychology of criminals, we have approached it as a cold case might be investigated now, and with the help of other leading experts, have taken another look at the mind and actions of this brutal murderer.
"This documentary appealed to me hugely because of my interest in crime, forensics and pathology and also because it looks at the victims - the women Jack the Ripper chose and what left them so vulnerable to his brutality. It's been an immense privilege to get this behind-the-scenes insight into real crime-solving on such a fascinating case."
Craig Hunter, BBC Commissioning Editor, added: "Jack the Ripper is synonymous with murder and intrigue - even if you don't know all the details, you will have heard of the case. It is remarkable to think that today's scientific techniques can be used to help try and tackle unanswered questions which are more than a century old."
Jack The Ripper: The Case Reopened will air on BBC One on Thursday 4th April at 9pm.
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