Jack the Ripper was a Metropolitan police officer, a shocking new theory claims.
Historian Rod Beattie has spent 20 years trawling through national archives putting together his case that the infamous serial killer was an aggrieved police constable. He believes that Bowden Endacott, a reserve officer who patrolled the streets of Whitechapel in London, was responsible for the notorious murders.
Mr Beattie, 72, pointed to Endacott’s dark history with prostitutes that caused him to erupt in a “frenzy of murderous revenge” after one of the women ruined his career.
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The Birmingham-based researcher, said: “I was reading an article about the Endacott case and I suddenly had a eureka moment – what stronger motivation could there be than your career being ruined?”
Endacott had “form” in previous police jobs before moving to London where he was convicted of perjury on a woman’s evidence.
Five women, Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly, were all killed between August 31 1888 and November 9 1888.
Several other women have been suggested as potential victims.
The Ripper murders have fascinated many researchers, and there are dozens of rival theories about the serial killer’s identity.
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Perhaps the most controversial theory that it was a member of the royal family – Prince Albert Victor – grandson of Queen Victoria and second in line for the British crown – that was behind the unsolved murders of at least five prostitutes in London's East End.
Dr Thomas Stowell said that Prince Albert committed the gruesome killings – in which the women's throats were slit and internal organs removed – after being driven mad by syphilis.
Aaron Kosminski, a barber originally from Poland who emigrated to the UK in the 1880s, has also been suggested as a suspect for grisly murders.
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TV criminologist Professor David Wilson used modern techniques to pinpoint Kosminski as the culprit.
Prof Wilson says: “Kosminski’s name was in the frame at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders.
“He was named by a couple of senior police officers and, if we take their evidence and apply that to a number of modern criminological techniques, Kosminski is front and centre as being the likely perpetrator.
James Maybrick, a cotton salesman from Liverpool, actually confessed to the killings in a diary that was discovered in 1992.
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