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Only recorded facial composite of Jack the Ripper rediscovered

Staff members have rediscovered a cane with a carving of serial killer Jack the Ripper.

Staff members have found an artifact with a facial composite of Jack the Ripper in College archives.

The engraving had been made into the handle of a walking cane, and is thought to be the only facial composite of the Victorian serial killer.

The cane itself had been displayed at Bramshill Police Staff College - however when the college closed in 2015 the cane was put into storage and its whereabouts became temporarily unknown.

Staff members have recently rediscovered the artifact in the College archives – it will now be displayed for staff and training delegates alongside original Police News cuttings about the Ripper murders.

The walking cane was originally given to Chief Inspector Abberline by his team in 1888 at the conclusion of his most infamous case, The Whitechapel murders.

Chief Inspector Abberline spent a number of years working his way up through the ranks in the Metropolitan Police, solving crimes in the East End and becoming the highest-ranking chief inspector at the Criminal Investigation department of Scotland Yard.  

Antony Cash, Content Creator at College of Policing, said: “Finding this cane was an exciting moment for us. 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.  

“This walking cane is such a fascinating artifact which represents such a historically significant time in policing, and it’s amazing that we can put it out on display here in Ryton, alongside the original newspaper cuttings, so that our officers can see first-hand how far we’ve advanced in policing since then.”  

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