"Jack the Ripper" is the most famous serial killer in history for two reasons: he was the first and he was never caught. But a retired British homicide investigator is claiming he's identified the legendary killerÂ—and given him a face, as well as a name.
Trevor Marriott, a former murder squad detective, says the original detectives investigating the shocking Jack the Ripper murders in 1888 had the suspect in their grasp all the time.
But fledgling investigative techniques and novel detecting methods at the time allowed the first serial killer to allegedly flee London and escape to New York City, where he killed his landlady and was executed for the last of his grisly murders. Or so says Marriott.
He claims that a merchant seaman named Carl Feigenbaum slipped in and out of London at the time, covering his tracks with quick getaways to the nearby docks, filled with hundreds of anonymous merchant seamen.
Marriott claims that Feigenbaum confessed the crimes to his New York lawyer in the 1894 murder, a crime for which he was apprehended, tried and condemned to death. He was electrocuted at Sing Sing prison later that same year.
Since there was no photo taken of this suspect at the time, Marriott has used modern technology to piece together a composite sketch of Feigenbaum from written descriptions in his criminal file. The picture shown here is the result.
It's hard to say whether this should be taken seriously. How can it be proved? There's nobody left to interview and this latest suspect joins the ranks of the dozens suspected of being Jack the Ripper, almost from the time the murders occurred.
Besides, one of the most intriguing aspects of the so-called "Whitechapel Murders" is the fact that the crime has gone unsolved for more than a centuryÂ—yet still has the power to frighten as well as fascinate.
What do you think? Could Carl Feigenbaum be Jack the Ripper? Or is this just another in a long line of red herrings?
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