Using a model, criminologists have proposed a theory about where the infamous Jack the Ripper lived in Whitechapel. They say the technique works because most criminals operate close to their home or workplace but keep a “buffer zone” around it.
By using the latest geographical profiling techniques based on the locations of the Ripper’s five victims, experts believe the Victorian serial killer lived in Flower and Dean Street in London’s notorious East End.
Canadian criminologist Dr Kim Rossmo and Steve Le Comber of Queen Mary, University of London, used a mathematical model to find the location.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival Dr Rossmo said: “All the victims lived very close to Flower and Dean Street.
“The last victim was seen less than a block away picking up a customer, and that was probably her last customer, probably the Ripper.
“So it is safe to say it was none of the Royal family as people have speculated. It is unlikely they would have frequented an area like that, and we think the Ripper is someone who lived on that street.”
Two victims Catherine Eddowes and Elizabeth Stride were killed on the same night, September 30 1888.
Eddowes apron was discovered in nearby Goulston Street alongside a message, believed to be written by the Ripper which read: “The Juews are not the men that will not be blamed for nothing.”
Dr Rossmo claims that if a line is drawn between the location of the victim’s bodies and he apron it suggests the Ripper was heading towards Flower and Dean Street.
This makes some sense for current crimes but not for ones with a cold trail. Flower and Dean Street, just off Brick Lane in Whitechapel, no longer exists after being bombed in the Second World War. Not that that would help if it still was there…
This is a model, derived by algorithms, which means the results are only as good as the parameters and assumptions put into it. It’s a nifty idea but it likely can NOT be show to be verified or nullified at this time, so many years after the events took place.
It just seems that any “Ripper” news is a way to get publicity.