Police have recently uncovered a facial composite of the late 1800s serial killer Jack the Ripper. This is the only known facial composite of the killer as their identity remains unknown to this day.

The murderer’s face was etched onto the handle of a walking cane owned by Frederick Abberline, a detective for Scotland Yard who worked the case but never found the person responsible.


The cane was stored at Police College in Bramshill, Hampshire. It was previously thought to have been lost when the academy closed in 2015, but police found it again when searching through archived items at the College of Policing headquarters in Ryton, West Midlands.

A spokesperson from the college said: “Jack the Ripper is one of the biggest and most infamous murder cases in our history, and his crimes were significant in paving the way for modern policing and forensics as it caused police to begin experimenting with and developing new techniques as they attempted to try and solve these murders, such as crime scene preservation, profiling and photography.”

The serial killer is responsible for the murders of at least five women in the East End of London. The killer mailed part of a kidney from one victim to investigators working on the case. It came with a taunting message where the killer took the name “Jack the Ripper.”

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