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Canuckistan
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Story here.

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A new British documentary claims to have finally revealed the face of Jack the Ripper, the elusive 19th century serial killer who has been immortalized not only by the brutality of crimes, but also for his ability to evade justice.

Using modern profiling techniques and drawing on witness testimony, a new investigation has created a composite of what is believed to be the most accurate likeness of Britain's first serial killer. Aside from providing an image of the stocky mustached-man, it has also revealed some surprising details about his character and may have also pinpointed which street he lived on.



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The image looks a bit like Freddie Mercury. [Eek!]

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Ms. Richards said the killer was likely overlooked by police because of he was viewed as too “mundane” or “ordinary.” She said they were likely looking for the wrong man and that if the techniques used by modern police forces had been available, the Ripper would almost certainly have been caught.
IIRC, the latest device in criminology back then was to profile someone based on their physical traits, such as shape of their heads, to determine one's criminal mentality. The usual stereotypes of the ugly, shifty-eyed chap were thought to be accurate.

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The composite doesn't look quite human- possibly because the nose looks to thin to be natural and the eyes a bit flat.

I think people do the Victorian police force a great disservice by saying they would have caught him but for their idea that criminals all looked shifty eyed and twitchy (especially as Jack the Ripper is often romatically thought to be a member of the aristocracy or surgeon).

At a guess I would say those investigating the murders had probably seen deviant behaviour as bad if not worse and therefore were used to the idea that murderes could look like anyone. I think they were hindered far more by lack of scientific means to analyse evidence than any preconceptions about who criminals were (which were probably saved for the tabloids of the day perpetrating the myth that Victorians were all into skull measring and table tapping).

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Squirrel, I think what you're seeing that's "off" about the face is that it's perfectly bilaterally symmetrical. Except for a few small things about the hair, every feature is a perfect mirror image.

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That looks more like Jack the Sim.

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Mistletoey Chloe
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It also looks as if his mustache is made of iron filings, and you can have a limited amount of fun moving them around his head.

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quote:
Originally posted by Brad from Georgia:
That looks more like Jack the Sim.

I thought the same thing. And then I thought how much better he would look with the pointy spiked hair. And then I theorized that he's a Romance aspiration sim, because they're all jerks.


How come we get a fabulous, identifiable photo of a criminal who's been dead for a very, very long time, but when we're looking for a real live criminal, they usually look like they were drawn by little Billy from Mrs. Stevenson's third period art class?

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I remember that game, Chloe!
I knew that guy looked familiar.

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quote:
Originally posted by Red Squirrel:

At a guess I would say those investigating the murders had probably seen deviant behaviour as bad if not worse and therefore were used to the idea that murderes could look like anyone. I think they were hindered far more by lack of scientific means to analyse evidence than any preconceptions about who criminals were (which were probably saved for the tabloids of the day perpetrating the myth that Victorians were all into skull measring and table tapping).

I agree that they were probably hindered more by the inability to analyze evidence. However, preconceptions can affect even the most disciplined scientist, so I don't see why it's unfair to think that the police were labouring under the thinking that physiognomy and mentality are linked, an idea that Victorian academia and popular culture seems to have been quite wedded to.

My understanding is mostly based on the Stephen Jay Gould book The Mismeasure of Man, though, so evidence to the contrary would be much appreciated.

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Mistletoey Chloe
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Yep. Hours of fun in the days before snopes.

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