THE face of Jack the Ripper, the 19th-century killer whose identity still remains a mystery, has been revealed for the first time.
Using state-of-the-art profiling, investigators have created a vision of what the murderer, who strangled and butchered five London prostitutes, would have looked like - and revealed that police at the time were probably searching for the wrong kind of man.
Laura Richards, of Scotland Yard's Violent Crime Command, analysed evidence from the case using modern police techniques and has been able to form the most accurate portrait of the Ripper ever put together. She claims that the 118-year-old evidence shows the Ripper was aged between 25 and 35, he was between 5ft 5in and 5ft 7in tall and was of a stocky build.
Working with a former Metropolitan Police commander, John Grieve, Ms Richards assembled experts including pathologists, historians and a geographical profiler to work out why the case was not solved and to see whether it still could be.
Ms Richards said: "It's a popular misconception that nobody ever saw the murderer, that he just vanished into the fog of London. There were witnesses at the time who were highly thought-of by the police."
Mr Grieve said of the probe: "This is further than anyone else has got. It would have been enough for coppers to get out, and start knocking on doors... they would have got him."
• Jack the Ripper: The First Serial Killer is on Five tomorrow at 8pm.