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Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect: Introduction (01:04)


Jack the Ripper haunted London streets in 1888. A forensic team will investigate the identity of the notorious serial murderer.

Murdering Prostitutes (02:30)

In 1888, a killer stalked the streets of Whitechapel London. Forensic expert Robin Napper will investigate whether or not Frederick Bailey Deeming is Jack the Ripper.

Windsor Murder (02:13)

Napper meets author Christopher Wray at the site where Deeming killed his wife in December 1891; Louisa Atkinson was the last person to see Emily Mather alive. Napper reflects on Deeming's mindset.

Rainhill Murders (03:25)

In August 1891, Deeming murdered his first wife Marie and their four children; within a month he married Mather. Napper visits Mather's grave and examines Deeming memorabilia at the State Library, Melbourne to learn more about the murderer.

Execution of a Murderer (03:12)

Napper locates a newspaper article reporting Deeming's confession as Jack the Ripper. He visits Melbourne jail where Deeming was incarcerated and hanged; jailers made a death mask after Deeming's execution.

Songwriting (01:39)

Hammond obtained a music publishing contract. Dylan recorded seven original songs; "Hard Times in New York Town" was new lyrics to "Down on Penny's farm."

Protest Songwriting (05:37)

Suze Rotolo inspired the artist to write songs of protest. Listen to excerpts of "Let Me Die in My Footsteps" and "The Ballad of Emmett Till."

Geographic Profiling (02:41)

Colin Johnson plots and analyzes the locations of crimes. Napper works to establish a time line of Deeming's crimes.

Criminal Profiling (03:25)

Profiler Kris Illingsworth discusses ritualized behavior in serial killing. Crime writer Amanda Howard believes body placement indicates the possibility that Jack the Ripper raped his victims. "The Ripper" placed items around his victims similar to the way Deeming placed the bodies of his children around his wife.

"Blowin' in the Wind" (05:22)

Seeger remained a prominent activist after being subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Dylan regularly contributed to "Broadside," a magazine that published folk songs. The songwriter originally emphasized "Blowin' in the Wind" was not a protest song.

Murder Opportunity (03:37)

Deeming admitted to his counsel that he regularly visited London. Napper discusses a dressmaker's claims that she was with Deeming hours before two Whitechapel murders and compares eyewitness accounts to Deeming. Dr. Susan Hayes explains facial anthropology and Deeming's facial structure.

Searching for Hard Evidence (03:31)

Napper examines two framed pieces of shawl that may be from a Jack the Ripper victim. Experts test Edowe's shawl for DNA samples.

DNA Analysis (03:27)

Contamination provides inconclusive results on the presence of Deeming's DNA on Edowe's shawl. Napper looks through letters possible written by Jack the Ripper.

New Management (04:00)

Albert Grossman secured Dylan a new publishing contract. The songwriter traveled to London for to perform in "Mad House on Castle Street." Folk Singers from England provided him with new influences he could adapt and interpret.

Female DNA (01:57)

Historian Audrey Swindells explains how the Victorian mail system functioned. Napper considers the possibility that the DNA belonged to Marie.

Returning to New York (05:29)

Dylan recorded over thirty tracks for "Free-Wheelin' Bob Dylan." Experts discuss the album's impact. Listen to excerpts of "Don't Think Twice It's Alright," "Last Thing on My Mind," and "A Hard Rain is gonna fall."

Credits: Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect (00:40)

Credits: Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect

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The story of Jack the Ripper is one of the most gruesome and infamous unsolved crimes in history. A horrific killing spree that exposed the darkest recesses of Victorian London left the city gripped in terror. More than 120 years later, modern science may just hold the key to cracking the case. On the other side of the world, Australian scientists have made a major breakthrough—they've extracted DNA from a 122 year-old skull believed to be that of Australia’s first known serial killer and a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. Now former Scotland Yard Detective Robin Napper leads a cutting edge investigation into the case. His mission: to find out if an Australian killer could be Jack the Ripper.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL95125

ISBN: 978-1-68272-318-0

Copyright date: ©2012

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