The suspicious face of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper has finally been revealed after police made a chilling discovery while digging through old files.
While the true identity of the infamous killer has never been discovered, the only known facial set of the killer has now been shared.
Among dozens of artifacts was the face carved into the handle of a wooden walking stick, owned by the police officer who spent years trying to catch him.
Scotland Yard detective Frederick Abberline was taken off the case in 1889 after failing to find Jack the Ripper, who terrorized the streets of London’s East End.
The chilling image is the only facial composition of the killer, whose identity remains a mystery more than a century later.
For years, the wooden cane artefact had been stored at the Police College in Bramshill, Hampshire, UK and was feared lost when the institution closed in 2015.
Fortunately, it was rediscovered by staff searching for memorabilia at the College of Policing headquarters in Ryton, West Midlands.
Now Jack the Ripper’s face has been revealed to highlight advances in police technology to recruits.
A spokesman for the College of Policing said two members of staff unearthed it when they were trawling through artefacts stored after Bramshill closed.
“Finding this cane was an exciting moment for us,” said university content creator Antony Cash.
“Jack the Ripper is one of the biggest and most infamous murder cases in our history and his crimes were important in paving the way for modern policing and forensics as they led police to begin experimenting and develop new techniques while trying to solve these murders, such as crime scene preservation, profiling, and photography.
“This baton is such a fascinating artefact that represents such a historically significant moment in policing.
“It’s amazing that we can display it here in Ryton, alongside the original newspaper clippings, so our officers can see first-hand how far we’ve come in policing since then.”
Jack the Ripper brutally killed at least five women over three months in 1888.
Each wounded throat was slashed and the body mutilated in a way that suggested the killer had some knowledge of human anatomy.
Half of a kidney removed from a victim was mailed to police, along with a series of sarcastic notes from the alleged killer calling himself ‘Jack the Ripper’.
The police made a great effort to unmask him and catch him, but in vain.
The failure to find the serial killer sparked public outrage, leading to the resignation of London’s police commissioner.
The cane was given to Detective Abberline after it was removed from the case.
He retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1892 after 30 years of service, and died in 1929 never knowing the true identity of Jack the Ripper.
Originally published as the only known facial composite of Jack the Ripper found in the archives