Dark Son: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (2019) - full transcript

As an emeritus professor
of criminology,

I've studied and written about
every single serial murder case

in the United Kingdom.

And one case continues
to intrigue me.

A series of murders known
as the Hammersmith nude murders.

This is the biggest unsolved
serial murder case

in British criminal history,

with a killer who's even
more prolific than Jack the Ripper.

The murderers all took place
while swinging-'60s London

was being hailed as the world's most
fashionably vibrant capital.

Yet, a darker, more terrifying,
reality was unfolding

on the streets.

A serial killer was at large

and he sadistically
murdered six women.

Well, I found this body
and just see the legs,

the bottom of the legs
with the feet.

The killer abducted his victims

what was then the red-light

around Shepherd's Bush
in West London.

He then proceeded to strangle them,
strip them and remove their teeth.

TV COMMENTARY: Amongst those
watching this programme,

there may be one of you at least

who knows or strongly suspects

the person responsible.

His grim spree sparked one of the
biggest police manhunts in history.

Yet, the killer was never caught.

Lots of people put
forward different theories

about the identity of the killer.

But, frankly, only one
really stands out.

And if we could prove this theory,
it has every possibility

of delivering to the
Metropolitan Police something

that they didn't
have 50 years ago,

and that's a genuine prime suspect.

Living in the epicentre
of the murders was a man

who went unnoticed by detectives.

A man who, as a boy,
had killed two young girls

in the quiet Welsh town
of Abertillery.

Their deaths have eerie parallels

with the Jack the Stripper killings.

In an extraordinary series
of interviews,

I'm going to speak to the daughter
of this double child killer,

to see if she can shed light
on a possible connection

between her father
and the Hammersmith nude murders.

I couldn't believe it.

I thought...

..my dad hasn't killed anybody.

The man that I knew
as my dad was a murderer?

All I want are some answers
to an enduring mystery.

Answers, moreover,
that might take us one step forward

to identifying the man that the
press called Jack the Stripper.

TV COMMENTARY: Hannah Tailford's
body, naked except for stockings

and underclothes stuffed in her
mouth, was found in the river.

In April, the river cast up at
Chiswick, the nude, tattooed body

of Irene Lockwood.

She had not been dead for very long.

The same month,
a mile from the river,

another tattooed prostitute, Helen
Barthelemy, was found in Brentford.

Acton again, July, Mary Fleming's
body was dumped in a cul-de-sac.

In the night, neighbours
heard a car stop, reverse

and roar away in panic.

Four months later the tattooed body
of Frances Brown

was found in a car park.

In the murder room
at Shepherd's Bush,

police have checked every data.

But they have found enough
similarities to convince them

that the killings are
the work of one man.

I remember watching
this on the news as a child.

And it really captured my
imagination about the kind of person

who would be able to do this.

At the time,
the press kept comparing the killer

to Jack the Ripper.

But for me, that was
in the distant past.

And therefore, Jack the Stripper
seemed much worse,

more sadistic, more calculating.

And, of course, like Jack the
Ripper, he evaded capture.

As a criminologist,
I'm always interested

in a serial killer's MO -
his modus operandi.

And the Jack the Stripper murders
have a number of common factors

which really intrigue me.

All of his victims were sex workers.

They were all diminutive in height,

they had been stripped naked
and had their teeth removed.

And the bodies had been stored
for some time before being deposited

across West London.

This wasn't a London
that we would recognise today.

Back in the 1960s
some parts of West London

were a real rough-and-ready
type of place

with lots of women
selling sexual services,

and men kerb crawling, seeking
to buy those sexual services.

It was a pretty grim
and desperate lifestyle.

And, of course, some of the women
were beaten, were robbed.

And, of course, for six women,
they would be picked up

and go into a car with a man
who'd eventually kill them.

Back in the 1960s, the press
diminished the crimes and the women,

choosing to concentrate on the more
salacious aspects of their lives

and their work,
so as to degrade them.

Many of their children
are still alive today

and they are still
searching for justice.

TV COMMENTARY: Victim number one,
Hannah Tailford,

a 30-year-old prostitute who
originally came from Northumberland.

On February 2nd, 1964,

her body was fished out of
the Thames at Hammersmith.

Hannah Tailford was my birth mother.

She had me in Exeter Prison

in July 1957.

I remember seeing a newspaper
article and the headlines were -

"Fun-time girl found in the Thames."

So, the general attitude
towards them was,

"Well, it's just a prostitute."

It was a cheap life, so...

They would just see her
as another trollop

that was in the cafe
having a coffee,

or in the pub having a beer
trying to pull for the night.

At the end of the day,
whatever happened, she was a mum.

And she did as best
as she could in the situation

that she found herself.

Justice wasn't done at the time.

I'd like them to open the case,
find the evidence,

maybe come up with closure and say,

"Actually, it could have
been this person here."

Because the children
that are out there,

of all the mums that were murdered,
most of them had children,

and we're still alive.

And it would just give us proper,

OK, justice has been done,
you've named that person.

The Metropolitan Police mounted
what still remains as

one of the biggest manhunts in its

Hundreds of officers were drafted
in to hunt down the killer.

But this huge combined
effort came to nothing,

forcing them to turn
to new innovative means

of getting the public
and the killer's attention.

Amongst those watching
this programme

there may be one of you at least

who knows or strongly suspects

the person responsible.

If so, I am speaking directly
and personally to you.

There could rest on your conscience

the possible death of
yet another young woman.

I appeal to you to come forward,

and I can assure the utmost
confidence and discretion

to anything disclosed.

In one final, desperate effort,
they conducted tens of thousands

of door-to-door
inquiries across London.

One door within this search area,

which they very likely
did not knock upon,

was the home of
an unassuming family man.

But he was also a man
who kept until his death

a terribly dark secret
from all who knew him,

including his own family.

For in his youth
he'd been imprisoned

for murdering two young schoolgirls

in the most brutal and sadistic way

And he was living at the epicentre
of the Jack the Stripper murderers.

The first question
I'm looking to answer is,

how could such a man have
escaped even being questioned?

And could he have gone on
to kill and kill again?

And that man's name is Harold Jones.

Harold Jones hailed from the
Welsh mining town of Abertillery.

He sadistically murdered
two girls in 1921.

I believe by revisiting
and deconstructing their deaths

at the hands of Jones,
we have the precise starting point

for discovering if he could
have matured into a serial killer

later in his life.

The crimes, though almost
a hundred years old,

continue to be felt by the community
and family members even to this day.

Visiting the girls' graves
today are their nieces,

Sue Lloyd and Shirley Swift.

But it's so pretty. So pretty.

I love the, is it like a...?

Is she holding, is she holding
a rose or something,

is she, in her hand?

And the dress that she's wearing
is what they used to wear then...

Yeah. ..you know,
those sort of clothes.

Eight-year-old Freda Burnell
had gone to a local shop,

running an errand for her father.

She disappeared, only to be found
dead in a back alley a day later.

They must have been
absolutely devastated.

I know it has affected my
family throughout my life.

You can't quantify it, can you?

Because it was so unexpected.

And, certainly, not in a community,
as the way that I have seen

Abertillery over the years,

that protects its own.

So this to happen then,
must have been earth-shattering.

Buried a short distance from Freda
is her friend Florence Little.

The 11-year-old was murdered after
Freda Burnell had been laid to rest.

Florence's murder
devastated Sue's family,

which was torn apart by the tragedy.

And Florence's parents were buried
with their murdered daughter.

Just give me a minute.

She's not on her own.

She's got her mum and her dad.

I mean, it might
be sentimental but..


..but they're there with her,
trying to protect her now,

the way they couldn't
on that particular occasion.

The twin murders
devastated the community

and made headlines
all over the world.

Local people were convinced
the killer must be an outsider.

But the arrival of detectives
from Scotland Yard found the answer

much closer to home,

in the form of 15-year-old
shop assistant Harold Jones,

the last person to have seen both
girls before they disappeared.

Could Harold Jones really have gone
on to become Jack the Stripper?

Local historian Neil Milkins
certainly believes so,

having researched the story
and lived in the town

where the killer's spectre
still looms large.

It's a part of the history
of Abertillery,

you can't get away from that.

It's the murder of two little girls
which astounded the community then.

And it's still a sensitive subject
although 97 years have passed.

Harold Jones served 20 years
in prison for his crimes.

But Neil's interest in Jones
didn't end with his imprisonment.

He was let out of prison in 1941

against the recommendations
of a number of professional people

within the prison service.

He told the prison authorities,

"I do not want to lose
a desire to kill,"

you know, shortly
before he was released.

I was convinced, absolutely
convinced, that Harold Jones

didn't come out of prison
and settle down

and lead a normal life.

He discovered that
after leaving prison,

Harold Jones moved to London

and lived at the heart of Jack
the Stripper's hunting ground.

What's more, he discovered that
Jones lived only a few streets away

from two of the victims' homes.

But then Neil hit a brick wall.

Frustrated by his inability to get
anywhere further with this theory

that Harold Jones may have committed
the Hammersmith nude murders,

Neil remembered my own long-standing
interest in the story.

VOICEMAIL: Received, 1.58pm
on the 6th of September.

Hello, a message for
Professor David Wilson.

Hello, David,
it's Neil Milkins here.

I've been doing more research
on Harold Jones

and I believe he's committed
other crimes.

Would you be interested into
looking into it further?

Hope to catch you soon, David.

Thanks for your time,

I got Neil's call so,
I'm on my way to Abertillery

to really test his theory.

I'm going to try and identify
Harold Jones' signature

as a killer, and see if this can be
compared to Jack the Stripper's.

And you know, we can approach
this like an old-fashioned case,

looking for new leads, testing
for the evidence that exists.

But one of the things I'm aware
about in relation to this case,

is that there's absolutely
no DNA evidence that's survived.

So, we're going to have
to look at this also

as if it's a 21st-century cold case.

And to do that, I need
to gather a team around me.

Most obviously,
a forensic psychologist,

a pathologist, and, perhaps,
most importantly of all,

a great detective investigator.

I received this message
from Professor David Wilson,

the criminologist, to see whether
I'd be interested in helping him

as an ex-detective investigator,
in the case of Harold Jones

and whether there was any linkage
to the Hammersmith nude murders

of the 1960s.

Immediately, you know, looking
at the case of Harold Jones

I could feel myself going into
that obsessive detective...


And there may be a connection
and there may not be a connection.

It's always the search
for truth in a police investigation.

And I have to start that search
in the town of Abertillery.

Jackie and I have set up an incident
room in Abertillery town centre.

From here, we'll examine the two
murders we know were committed

by Harold Jones.

We are supported by a group
of local people

with backgrounds
in research and policing.

Jackie, you've been in charge of
many incident rooms in your career.

What do they do?
How are they organised?

Murder is the most serious crime
that any detective can investigate.

It is the search for truth.

The incident room is the hub.

The crime will be detected
from the incident room.

It is an intelligence cell.

Every bit of information
that you gather comes back

to the incident room.

The first question is - who?

Who was the victim?

Why was she murdered?

Where was she murdered?

What happened
when she was murdered

and how?

One of the locals is Lisa Bevan,
a forensic science graduate.

Other team members are world
leaders in their respected fields.

There's Professor Mike Berry,
a clinical forensic psychologist

who works as an offender
profiler for the police

on serial murder cases.

Bernard Knight is one
of the Home Office's

most pre-eminent pathologists.

He worked on some of
the biggest murder cases,

including that of
Fred and Rose West.

We know who was killed
and we know who killed her.

We know that was done
by Harold Jones.

I'd like us to get out
and actually look at the streets

around Abertillery to see
if we can build up a picture

in relation to how Abertillery
fits in, or doesn't fit in,

with what happens in London.

OK, let's go.

The town's layout has
remained remarkably intact.

This means the team are virtually
able to walk in the footsteps

of Harold Jones and that
of his first victim,

eight-year-old Freda Burnell.

The last day of Freda's life began
with her running an errand

to Mortimer's general store
and grain merchants,

where 15-year-old
Harold worked as a shop boy.

He was a nice young boy, he
was polite.

School teachers said
they couldn't find no fault in him.

His neighbours, everyone
painted him as an angel.


Around 9.10am on
Saturday, February 5th, 1921,

Freda Burnell was asked
to go on an errand.

She'd gone into the seed store
but he told her that,

if you go to the seed storage shed,
which is 400 yards away,

he said, I can give you that grit,
we have got none in the shop.

With Harold's employer, Mr Mortimer,
busy elsewhere in the shop,

Harold Jones saw an opportunity
to leave the shop unnoticed.

He followed Freda.

Harold Jones, we now know, cunningly
stayed quite a distance

from her so that nobody could say
they'd seen her anywhere near him.

He invited her into the shed,
he pointed out the bag of grit

and he apparently
attempted to rape her.

Strangled her, bludgeoned her

and did suffocate her with a scarf
and left her for dead in the shed.

The team arrive at the site
where the seed store once stood.

By trying to rebuild
a picture of the crime,

they are looking to see if there is,
what criminologists call,

a signature to it.

A signature being something unique
about the killer's style

and the method of murder that acts
as a form of deadly calling card.

What do we know about what actually
happened to her in the seed store?

Lisa, have you got the report?

Well, I've got the
death certificate.

And what does the death
certificate say?

Well, it says that the cause
of her death was shock

consistent upon rape
or attempted rape,

and injuries to the
vulva and hymen,

injuries to the neck
and partial strangulation,

injuries to the forehead
and, erm, shock and fright.

So, Bernard, is she hit on the head
as a way of stunning her

Well, that's the impression you get.

It's the final episode, isn't it?

The final part of this
is being suffocated.

Would the rape have been
pre- or postmortem?

Again, you can't tell from this.

I mean, these examinations
were very superficial.

You couldn't tell really.

But, certainly, it could be either

or it could be,
what's called, perimortem.

In other words, at the time of death

a minute or two before,
a minute or two after.

So, it's impossible
to be clear-cut.

Jackie, the other thing
that strikes me about this

is that he has enticed her
to the store.

He hasn't been seen walking
with her to the store.

Again, what does that imply
for you about the kind of offender

we are dealing with?

He's had the foresight to say,
you walk ahead and I'll follow you.

And it appears she walks ahead
to the store

and he's said, I'll meet you there.

Constantly thinking about
what happens when, if, I get caught,

or what happens when
the police investigate.

Constantly thinking
ahead of the game.

Very sophisticated and intelligent.

When Freda didn't return home,
her parents raised the alarm.

Under cover of darkness, Harold
Jones moved Freda's body

from the seed store and dumped
it in the lane on Duke's Hill

where she was discovered
the next morning.

A local surgeon performed
an autopsy on the young girl

on a kitchen table
as the distraught family looked on.

Scotland Yard detectives were
drafted in to help with the search.

It was about a week later that
someone had said to the police,

do you know that Mortimer
has got a storage shed?

And it's when they searched
that shed, they realised

that was the murder scene because
they'd found a handkerchief

of Freda's on the floor that had
come out of her pocket

while she was being assaulted
by Jones.

Much to the outcry of the locals,
Scotland Yard arrested Harold Jones

for the murder of Freda Burnell.

They took him into custody,
they charged him

and he was protesting his innocence
to them.

And in the court,

"I know it's all black against me
but I didn't do it."

The trial of Harold Jones made
headlines all over the world.

But the prosecution's case
was dealt a blow

when one man was called
to give evidence.

That man was Herbert Henry Mortimer,
Harold Jones' employer.

The Mortimers believed
the police were setting up

Harold Jones for a murder
that he didn't commit.

And they were so convinced, they
were prepared to lie to the police

and in court
regarding Harold Jones' movements.

Mr Mortimer's testimony
was enough to sway the jury

and save Jones from jail.

He was found innocent of the crime,

much to the delight
of the people of Abertillery.


A lot of the newspapers
reported on it

because it was quite a big thing.

And he was treated like a hero,
and he acted like he was a hero.

Flags, bunting, and he was carried
shoulder-high through Abertillery

and presented with a gold watch.


However, not everyone
gave Harold Jones a hero's welcome.

Freda Burnell's school friend was a
girl called Florence Little.

Florence lived just a few doors
down from Harold Jones

on Darran Road.

She was seen openly
accusing Jones of murder.

Harold, we now know,
invited Florence to go

into the house with a promise
of a drink of pop.



Just like Freda, Jones
sadistically murdered Florence.

Once again, the little girl
was strangled and sexually violated.

And in a final act of cruelty,

he slit her throat and drained
her body of its blood.

Harold Jones had once again
been the last person to see

the missing child alive.

And this time, police weren't
prepared to believe his story

and immediately searched his house.

When they went to the top
of the stairs, PC Cox noticed

near the hatch to the attic

that there was,
the wall had been cleaned.

And they realised then that
there's some reason why that wall

had been cleaned.

PC Cox climbed up into
the attic and he said,

"I found the body."

Harold's father was told by the
police the body was in there.

He approached his son and he said,

"Harold, the body's been found
in the attic."

And he protested, "Dad,
I don't know nothing about it.

"I swear I don't know
anything about it."

And Harold's father said to him,

"Well, it's either you or me, son,
and God knows I didn't kill her."

Florence's body was
removed from the house.

Mrs Ada Minnie Lewis is one of
Abertillery's oldest residents

and, amazingly, can still
recall events surrounding

Florence's demise.

They found a second little
girl that he murdered,

in the attic.

Oh, the funeral was immense.

Crammed, jammed, full, you couldn't
get another person in there.

Mind you, they did pay them tribute

to the extent, you know,
that everywhere was full.

Harold Jones was once again
brought before the court

on the charge of murder.

Once again, he denied everything.

"I didn't do it," he said.

Like I said,
he was at a child's court.

So they couldn't put him through
what they put an adult through.

Indeed, it was the fact
that Harold Jones was still a child

when he committed the murders,
that saved him from an appointment

with the hangman.

Despite calls for his execution,
being 15 meant his life was spared.

In search of a
more lenient sentence,

Harold Jones confessed
to the murders.

But such was the gravity
of the crimes, he was detained

at His Majesty's pleasure for taking
the lives of Freda and Florence.

Even though the murders
happened in 1921,

I believe the attic of Jones' home
still holds a crucial clue

about his continued evolution
as a murderer.

Gosh, this is the actual
attic where he hides

the body of Florence,

Come up, Mike, come up.
Oh, my gosh.

I thought it was going to be a small
space but it's really a big one.

I've worked with killers
who kept bodies

because they enjoyed the power that
they were even able to express

over the victim,
once the victim had died.

But I think he's
progressed as a killer.

I think he's learned
from the first murder.

And who's to say that that
progression doesn't continue

in the years and decades to come.

Oh, yes, we both would agree
that the killers

get better with age, with time.

And as you get older, you're less
impulsive, you're a better planner.

People who go on to kill repeatedly
develop methods of murder

and fixations with their victims.

Those who are most sadistic find
a safe place to store the body

so as to prolong their warped
pleasure, even after death.

Jones stored both his victims.

Those who are most
ritualistic take trophies,

such as personal effects,
or even parts of the anatomy

so they can carry a part of their
victim with them at all times.

Already, I detect such sadism
and ritualism in Harold Jones.

When Jones was arrested he was found
with seven ladies' handkerchiefs

in his pockets.

In my experience, handkerchiefs
often excite those serial killers

who are aroused with the
sensations of smell and taste.

I suspect some belonged
to his victims,

the others to girls
he had coveted.

More disturbingly, I believe
this fascination was rapidly

developing into something
more sadistic,

as was recorded in a letter between
Jones and his teenage sweetheart,

Lena Mortimer.

You know, when you asked
me to spit in your mouth, dear,

really, I don't believe
I will ever be as dirty as that,

so please forgive me for saying so,
for you really did offend me then.

A pattern can be seen emerging
in Harold Jones' sexual behaviour.

For me, the oral fixation
is in itself an act of sadism,

and in my experience with serial
killers, such a pattern of behaviour

can only continue to be satisfied

if it escalates into
something even more extreme.

The team regroup back at the
incident room in Ebenezer Chapel.

..and the two murders
in Abertillery?

First thing for me
is the geography of the crimes

and where he disposes
of the bodies.

There was something about walking
those crime scenes

that was quite important.
What did you make of it?

Well, I think Abertillery
must have been a very, very

safe town in 1921,
everybody knows each other

and he would know that he would
have been seen had he walked

with Freda Burnell.

They'd say, "Oh, yes, I saw Harold
Jones walking with Freda Burnell."

But he was sophisticated
for a 15-year-old to say,

"You walk ahead, I'll follow,"

to distort, creating a distance,

creating a distance for witnesses
not to see them together.

He was killing in plain sight.

The day has given the team
a valuable insight

into Harold Jones, the boy killer.

They now have a clear picture
of his signature as a murderer.

He is violent and
sexually motivated.

His victims are much smaller,
so that he can dominate them.

He applied cunning
and planning to his crimes.

He stored his victims' bodies.

He took trophies and he appeared
to have an oral fixation.

Our task as a team
is to see if this cold,

calculating and cunning killer
in Abertillery

re-emerges in the 1960s
as Jack the Stripper.

Our next stop is London.

Starting on the banks
of the Thames in 1964,

Scotland Yard were about to find
themselves dealing with a killer

the likes of whom they'd not met
since Jack the Ripper.

The Jack the Stripper murders
have never been subject

to a full investigation with a team
with modern policing techniques.

The hope is that by revisiting
the decades-old case

they can discover previously unknown
clues about the killer's

modus operandi and his signature,
and see if any of these match

with those of Harold Jones
as a murderer.

When Professor Mike Berry works for
the police as an offender profiler,

he begins the process by building
a mental picture of a killer's

movement and behavioural patterns.

One of the first things he does
is to revisit the locations

where the victims were found.

Today, he is assisted
by journalist Robin Jarossi,

who has written extensively
about these crimes.

This is the sort of Chiswick area,

we're coming down towards

I think, back then,
certainly up that way,

it was much more of a working area
with factories, wharves.

All that's now gone,
but this is the scene

where the first two bodies
were discovered.

Hannah Tailford, the first victim,
is found here by the river.

I suspect he lived nearby,
he knew the area very well

and it's occurred to him
that this would be a great spot

to just come down here late at
night, reverse up to the river edge

and let them go, and let
the river do its job in washing away

any evidence that may
have been left behind.

One of the things I found
with serial killers is they do take

trophies, and it's not
the obvious things, you know.

It can be something that's
connected to the victim

but have meaningless
value to anybody else.

Any hopes that the murder of Hannah
was an isolated incident were dashed

when over two months later the naked
body of 26-year-old Irene Lockwood

was also washed up.

Can you tell me a bit
more about Irene Lockwood?

Yes, she'd come down from
Nottinghamshire as a young woman.

She very quickly picked up a lot
convictions for prostitution.

She'd gone to a pub in Chiswick.

The landlord there positively
identified her as having been

in the pub and then she,
the very next day I think,

was found by a police patrol
as the tide was going out,

she'd been strangled
on the foreshore.

She was obviously unclothed.

The river visit is offering
Mike an invaluable insight

into the dark mind
of Jack the Stripper.

This killer knows
the area very well.

At the time, it would have been
quite an industrial area,

it would have been dark at night,

there would not have been
many people,

it was in the middle of winter, it
would be cold, wet and miserable.

So, he would be able to come
here and then dispose of a body

knowing that he's unlikely
to be seen by anybody.

One of the things that we know
is that people escalate,

serial killers
get better and better.

Most people do not
think about disposal.

This man has planned ways
to dispose of the bodies.

To actually leave a body the way
that the killer's left these bodies

makes me wonder
whether he's done something before.

Following the discovery
of Irene Lockwood's body,

an increased police presence
was to be found along the river.

But any hopes the authorities
had in deterring the killer

from killing again were dashed
when another body turned up,

this time not in the river
but in a suburban alley

near Swyncombe Avenue, Brentford,
three miles to the west of Chiswick.

The victim this time was 22-year-old
Helen Barthelemy from Blackpool.

She was my sister.

I only knew her up until
the age of about ten,

but I always remember her fondly
because she was such a good sister.

I remember in Blackpool she took me
up and down the seafront in a Zodiac

with the top down, and she had
a rock-and-roll dress on,

you know, with spots on.

She had a lovely smile and she
always had her hair usually up

whenever I saw her, she used to have
it in one of these rock-and-roll...

Beehives they called them.

And she was beautiful,
she was, you know,

a beautiful sister, really.

The first I heard of Helen
being in London

was when my brother
told me that she'd been murdered.

For Helen to be portrayed the way
she was, I think was disgraceful,

because the woman
that the papers described

bore no resemblance to the person
I knew.

Because they were all people,

they were all somebody's
mothers and daughters.

There's actually no facts
came to my mind

that have been produced
about Helen's murder

apart from the fact that she was
found strangled, naked and dead,

and had teeth removed at the front,

and that's the only facts that I've
ever been able to find out.

The postmortem of Helen
took place over 50 years ago.

The team have obtained a copy
of the postmortem report

and digitally recreated an autopsy
using a system called anatomage.

What did the postmortem
say about her, Lisa?

Right, body found naked.

Death from asphyxia
due to strangulation,

probably due to
twisted clothing around her neck.

The postmortems of all the women
reveal they had all lost teeth,

and, while some may have been due
to decay, it's clear in the reports

that others had been
removed after death.

I believe the killer
had a fascination with the mouth

and that he kept the teeth
as trophies, along with the clothing

he stripped from
his victims' bodies.

Lisa, this is interesting,

because this body has not
been placed in water

and therefore that allows us
to get a bit more information.

What other information do we have?

Well, actually, this is
the first lady that we had

some forensic evidence found.

She had flecks of paint
found on her body,

paint that was used in automobile
manufacturing at the time.

The paint flecks found on
Helen's body offered the police

their first real clue.

Given that Helen's body was dumped
several days

after she'd last been alive,
police now believe her dead body

may have been stored
after her murder.

As a criminologist,
I always feel that if they are

storing the body it gives them
greater amounts of time

to be with the victim,
and that might satisfy

all kinds of sexual needs.

The police now had forensic clues
gleaned from Helen Barthelemy's

body, but before they had
a chance to process them

Jack the Stripper struck again.

His victim this time
was 30-year-old Mary Fleming.

Again, the diminutive sex worker
had been left naked

and had her teeth removed,
and there were flecks of paint

on her body.

But the case was about
to have its first breakthrough

in the form of an eyewitness.

To this day, Peter Murray remains
one of the only known people

who ever saw the killer.

This is the first time
he's publicly shared his account

of that fateful night.

And it's an account which gave
the police at the time a compelling

piece of evidence
about the killer's height.

I'd been out with a young lady.

I think we'd been to the pictures.

Let's say we was on the right-hand
side of the road,

on the left-hand side
is a garage setback,

and there was a couple in there.

The girl, I can recall,
she had dark hair.

The man, he had a hat on,
it was a trilby,

and he had a cream type mac.

He was disturbing her clothing.

I could see his hand
on her clothing.

I couldn't see his face.

The struggle that Peter
was witnessing was in fact

Mary Fleming fighting for her life
at the hands of Jack the Stripper.

I've gone to Acton police
and I've given them a statement.

I don't think he was that tall,
because I'm thinking

he was about the
same size as the woman.

The policeman said at the time

that we probably witnessed
the murderer.

This new information
about the killer's height

was useful to police for
stop-and-search purposes,

but they were still at a loss as to
when the killer would strike again.

The Stripper's fifth victim was
found in a Kensington car park -

21-year-old Frances Brown.

Her profile as a victim was almost
identical to the previous women.

On the night of her death,
Frances was seen getting into a car

with a kerb crawler.

A friend, who was also working
the streets that night,

provided a police sketch artist
with a likeness of the driver.

This drawing may now be compared

to two pictures we have
of Harold Jones.

The likeness to my mind is uncanny.

Several months after the body
of Frances Brown was found,

a sixth victim was discovered.

29-year-old Bridget O'Hara
was found behind a shed

on the Heron Industrial Estate
in North Acton.

Well, I went to the stores
here just to get something,

some soap, and then coming out
I decided to have a look

around the back of the store,
the shed itself.

Well, I found this body,
or so I thought, at first.

And just see the legs,

well, the bottom of the legs,
with the feet.

The killing had all the hallmarks
of Jack the Stripper.

Teeth had been removed
and flecks of paint were found

on her naked body.

The flecks of paint were now seen
as being the most powerful piece

of evidence, and efforts
were multiplied to trace the origins

of the paint now found on
four of the victims' bodies.

The police knew it was from a type
of paint used in the automotive

industry, but it was also mixed
with a unique combination

of other fibres and particles.

Detectives were now convinced
that if they could find

the spray paint shop
they could find the killer.

A number of police officers
were trained to gather paint dust

samples and despatched to every
garage paint shop in West London.

It was an enormous operation,
and hundreds of garages were visited

before one finally delivered
a result.

This was the premises of
Shaw & Kilburn Automotives

on the Heron Industrial Estate
in Acton.

Detectives were able to eventually
discover that the bodies

weren't stored in a paint shop.

Adjacent to the spray paint garage

was a disused electricity
transformer shed

that was part of the abandoned
Napier Aero Engine factory.

Ventilation shafts in the spray
paint shop had sucked the flecks

of paint out into the open,

where they had settled in the empty

building next door.

This was where the killer
had been storing the bodies.

The discovery of the body
deposition site still did not bring

the police the breakthrough
they'd hoped for.

But the investigation
was being headed

by one of Scotland Yard's
most senior detectives,

John Du Rose, known as "Four-Day
Johnny", for his reputation

at being able to solve any case
before the working week was out.

Du Rose then implemented an enormous
stop-and-search operation

across a two-mile radius
in West London,

but not a single bona fide
suspect emerged.

This was complemented by the
questioning of thousands of men

in the Acton area,
an area where Du Rose was convinced

the killer either lived or worked,
and had known that the Napier

factory was abandoned and would be
the perfect place to hide a body.

Du Rose eventually put together
a list of suspects.

The list started off with,
I think 20,

it was one of 20 men, we said.

It came down to 16, to 12, to six,

to three, eventually.

These suspects were never made
public, but those working closely

on the case under Du Rose were party
to this confidential information.

Pat O'Connor was one such detective.

Was there any indication
given to you, Pat,

as to where the inquiry was going,
and any named prime suspects?

Yes, there was a name put forward
to me personally...

..and it was a man
by the name of Mungo Ireland.

When you say that was
given to you personally,

this was not in a general briefing,
but who gave you the information?

Probably somebody that I knew
on the squads that knew.

A little bit, who needs to know
gets the information. Yes.

So what was your belief about the
prime suspect, Mungo Ireland?

This could have been the individual
who committed those murders.

And what happened to Mungo Ireland?

I believe he committed suicide.

But this claim that Mungo Ireland
was the killer was certainly not

the official position
of the Metropolitan Police.

The case then, as now,
remains open and unsolved.

Du Rose gives the impression
that they pressured him

and they'd cornered this guy, and
he'd eventually killed himself.

But that didn't happen because the
police weren't aware of him

and his suicide until four
months after the final murder.

They discovered that he'd been
working on the Heron Trading Estate

at that point, but they never
really came up with any evidence

to connect him to
any of the victims.

There was no forensic evidence.

He was never interviewed
and it's clear

that the police who were in charge
of the investigation at that point

never really considered him
to be a very serious prospect.

When one of the victims disappeared

he was in Scotland
doing a job there as a cleaner.

Now, the Met asks Dundee police
to check that,

and Dundee police came back
and said, "Yes, that's right,

"we checked with his employers
and he was at work that day."

The most compelling piece
of evidence that the police had

was that the same flecks of car
paint had been found on four

of the victims, meaning
they'd been killed by the same man.

Mungo Ireland had a watertight alibi
for when one of the victims

was murdered, which,
by a process of elimination,

removes him from the frame
for all of the killings.

John Du Rose's identification
of Mungo Ireland

certainly wasn't based
on any hard evidence.

It was founded on something
far less empirical.

There's no CCTV, no DNA analysis,

no mobile phone data,

so in the '60s, you really had,
apart from...

Instinct. Instinct.

And gut feeling.
And, you think, gut feeling.


So in this particular case,

do you think Mr Du Rose went on gut
feeling about Mungo Ireland?

Well, I couldn't say.

That's only an opinion of mine.

I would say he would
have weighed up the situation,

what evidence was there
at this particular time

and his own conclusions.

How long do you think
after you found the samples,

in relation to the murder
of Bridget O'Hara,

and the death of Mungo Ireland,
how long do you think you remained,

not just you but the rest
of the detectives,

on the inquiry thereafter?

We had a...


A get-together.

Yes, a get-together,
an office meeting...

..and Mr Du Rose
was going on holiday.

And thereafter,
it then petered out

and I returned not long after
it was wound down.

What was the information
that you had given to you,

about the reason Mungo Ireland
killed those prostitutes?

His access of the area
and his knowledge of the area

surrounding where those bodies
were being found or picked up.

Any concrete evidence?


Thank you.

By the autumn of 1964,
with the incident room beginning

to wind down, and nobody
being charged for the crimes,

it would appear that
Jack the Stripper really had

gotten away with murder.

The killer would have taken
huge satisfaction knowing that

he'd outwitted
Scotland Yard's finest.

And in a time before
DNA evidence,

he would have known his
secret would have been safe

for the rest of his living days.

But why did he stop killing?

In my experience,
serial killers only stop killing

when they're caught,
become sick, or die.

With this in mind, I'm intrigued
once again by a detail

in the life of Harold Jones.

He began to fall ill in the
mid-1960s and was later diagnosed

with bone cancer.

At around this time, the last of the
Jack the Stripper murders occurred.

If Jones was sat before me now

there are so many questions
I would like to ask him

about his life in London
during that time.

But he died in 1971.

However, an extraordinary
breakthrough has occurred.

The production team has traced
the next best thing

to speaking to Jones himself -
his daughter.

She's agreed to do
an audio interview.

This is the first time she has ever
spoken publicly about her father.

She remains stunned
by the revelation

that he was a child murderer
in Wales,

something he hid from her
during his life.

I couldn't believe it. I thought...

..my dad hasn't killed anybody.

I couldn't believe it.

It took me quite
a while to take it in.

The man that I knew
as my dad was a murderer?

You know?

As I say, to this day,
I still can't believe it.

She's confronted with the reality
that he's committed two murders,

which is unquestionable.

That's a heck of a job
for her to cope with.

She's got to make the image
of her father equate

with the memories
that she has of her father.

And to be fair to her,
she's been advised

her father has been in jail
for killing two little girls,

an event that she did not understand
or know about.

Let's listen to a little bit more.

Surely, if he had done
these so-called murders

they would have tracked him down?

He's not here...

..to be able to say
and ask him anything...

..to find out really.

OK, he admitted
to the ones in Wales,

but people can change, can't they?

So, it's not... Because he did this,
it doesn't mean to say

that he's done it again.

So because he lived in that area
he must have done them,

but did he?

Nobody's been able to tell me
he did or he didn't.

What I'd like to hear is
he didn't do them, it wasn't him.

But if he did,
I would like to know he did,

but I don't know
we'd ever know why he did.

It would be hard, obviously,
as you know, for you to hear

something like that.

But it would put closure
to things...

..if somebody said, no, we have
proof, it was him that done it.

I wouldn't like it.

It would probably hurt a lot, but at
least it puts an end to things.

Harold Jones the father
appears to be a very different man

to the boy who went
to prison for murder.

Prison records often detail and
offender's rehabilitation journey.

Mike and I have uncovered Harold
Jones' prison psychiatric reports

and they give us cause for concern.

These words are taken
from those reports.

He states that he attacked the girls
to kill them and he denies

that the attacks on the girls
were actuated or accompanied

by any sexual desire.

This, in face of the evidence,
cannot be believed.

This psychiatric report clearly
demonstrates that Harold Jones'

sexual pleasure was derived
through the act of violence

upon his victims,
not through the act of sex,

that his state of sexual arousal
was achieved through murder.

"An ejaculation of semen
had occurred either before,

"during or after the attack
on Florence,

"and in every probability
is connected to that attack."

In other words, sadism.

The interviewing psychiatrist goes
on to highlight his concerns

about the letter from
Jones' young sweetheart,

Lena Mortimer, who is appalled
at his request to spit in her mouth

and we should also remember the
collection of ladies' handkerchiefs

Jones had upon him
when he was arrested.

He says that Jones denies
the ladies' pocket handkerchiefs

found in his possession had any
connection with sexual desires at

all, but I do not think
this can be believed.

His statement to me,
that he took all the handkerchiefs

from Lena because he was fond
of her, is somewhat unconvincing.

He's asking Lena
to spit in his mouth.

The spitting should be regarded
as a sadistic manifestation.

To put it crudely,
if we've got a young man

as a teenager who is a sadist,

that sadism isn't going to disappear
when he's an adult, is it?

It's going to develop.

Without any doubt

I would expect it to become
more violent, more sexual.

I think it shows quite clearly this
was a sexual and violent offender.

Jones' psychiatric report
reveals him to be

an unreformed sexual sadist.

The report continues,

"the aggressiveness of the male
is accompanied by that certain

"pleasure in the manifestation
of power over a woman."

Also the "sexual act reaches
its highest gratification

"when accompanied by cruelty,"
and, most damning of all,

"the prisoner, however,
shows no remorse for the crimes

"and no apparent desire for any
alteration in his condition."

What I find much more worrying
is no treatment. Oh!

There is absolutely no treatment
for this man at all.

He's gone in as a sex offender,
a violent man,

he comes out as a sex offender,
a violent man.

They talk about him
being very well-behaved

because he's institutionalised.

He does as he's told within the
system, but he makes it very clear

that he isn't going to talk to
anybody about his offence

in any doubt.

This guy is dangerous
because we've done nothing with him.

There's nothing in the reports
to indicate

that he's changed one iota.

And therefore we would not
have released him,

because we would have said,

the likelihood is
this man will kill again.

Yeah, I think he has
the potential to kill,

and probably would have killed
sometime after 1941,

when he's released.

With no treatment for the sexual
sadism, Harold Jones left prison.

The authorities didn't keep a close
tab on this still dangerous man

for one good reason.

He was lost in the fog of war.

Conscripted in 1941,
he served in Libya

and stayed in the Armed Forces
for almost five years.

Prized engineering skills
honed in the prison workshop

saw him become a gun fitter.

After being demobbed in 1946,
Jones headed for London.

His Army discharge papers highly
commended him to any future employer

as a fine-skilled engineer.

London was the perfect place to
get lost and start again,

and Jones did just that,
by taking a new name and a wife.

Harold Jones married in 1948

and records show that he used
a false name - Stevens,

his mother's maiden name.

A new baby was soon on the way.

Here now was a golden opportunity
to totally reinvent himself,

to erase his deadly history.

But the pull of Harold Jones' dark
past would prove too much for him

to leave behind,
because he was about to make

an extraordinary pilgrimage
back to the scene of his crimes.

Mum was in school with the girls,
so Mum knew the girls,

so obviously Mum had told us
about the murders.

It was the summer of 1950
and I can remember

being a young girl, and Mum said
about us going up the cemetery

to put flowers
on our Nana and Gransha's grave.

So, as it was a nice day, we said,
yes, we'd like to go.

So we caught the bus up and we went
up to Nan and Gransha's grave,

put some flowers on the grave
and tidied it up, and then we come

down because we had to wait
for the bus to come back.

So, I can remember us sitting on the
seat and Mam took some lemonade up

because it was hot day.

So after we had our pop,

it wasn't very long after,
Mam said to us,

"Come on, girls, we're going.

So we wondered what was up.

Well, she didn't tell us
until after we got home

that Harold Jones had walked
in through the gate.

So what he was doing up there
that day, I don't know,

because his mother and father were
still alive at that time

so he wouldn't
have gone up to their graves,

so perhaps he was going up just
to have a look at the girls' graves,

just to gloat, I don't know.

Jones took a huge risk,
seeking out Freda Burnell

and Florence Little's graves.

For me, this wasn't a mark of a man
paying his respects,

this was a man seeking a form
of communion with the dead.

Many killers in history have sought
the same kind of pleasure.

It gives them power
over their victims,

even after death.

I believe it's this very same need
for power over the dead

that possessed whoever committed
the Hammersmith nude murders,

a connection that Mike has also made
whilst preparing his profile

of Jack the Stripper.

What's fascinating
is that he's escalated,

so he's actually keeping the bodies.

Most people, they kill,
they psychologically and physically

want to distance themselves
from the victim.

The serial killer keeps
the victim for pleasure.

They want to possess it.

You are playing God.

That's what they like, being God.

We know that he stripped the bodies
and has taken all the clothing.

Is he dressing up in them?

Is he making them wear
the clothes after death?

And we know
from the pathologists' report

that clearly two of the victims
were dressed after death

and then stripped, so is he working
out some fantasy with them?

Mike's profile also sheds some light
on more fundamental characteristics,

including his basic
domestic routine.

One of the things I found
fascinating was, all the offences

were in the weekdays and they were
all after 11 o'clock at night.

This indicates he's got a life
on a Saturday and Sunday

that doesn't give him the freedom
to go out and commit offences.

This may be he's likely
to have had some family commitment.

Once you start looking at organised
offences, you can then start saying

the killer is likely
to be much older, more mature.

In these cases, we can say,
quite categorically,

this was done by an older man.

Mike's offender profile helps us
build an even better picture

of Jack the Stripper,
and I'm intrigued

by some of the similarities
in the profile

that match what we now know
about Harold Jones.

But there are still
many unanswered questions

and I believe there's only
one person who can answer them.


Hi, Jackie, it's David, how are you?

I'm good, thanks. How are you?
I'm fine, thank you, Jackie.

Jackie, I think you and I
have got to go and speak

to Harold Jones' daughter.

There's so much information
there that we should be pursuing.

Yes, good idea, absolutely.

I mean, she'll be able to help us
with where he worked,

when he worked in those places,
what other information has she got

that can throw some
light onto this case?

And also it would be really
good to pin down from her

a chronological order of the
addresses that they lived at

that she can remember, from a
small child up until the point

she left home.

OK, thanks very much, Jackie.

OK, nice to speak to you, goodbye.

You know, the more I think
about it, the more I realise

that Jones' daughter is a real link
back to Jones the man,

Jones the killer, potentially
Jones the serial killer.

And his daughter might
therefore just be the key

that's going to unlock
this entire mystery.

I cannot emphasise enough
just how generous the daughter

and her husband are being in helping
us with such a difficult matter.

They're also prepared
to share her family archive

of photos and documents, which
reveal what Harold Jones looked like

whilst he lived in London,
and also the identity he used.

This is their marriage certificate.

His name was Harry Stevens.

Yeah, engineer...

Your dad's quite small in a sense,
because, how tall are you?

Five foot something.

Wasn't really tall.

So he's about 5'4 then?

There he is. He's hiding.
Yeah, he's behind there.

Did he often wear a trilby hat?

Towards the end, yeah,
I don't know why, but he did.

What sort of occupations
do you remember him having?

Well, he used to be
a sheet metalworker.

A sheet metalworker. Yeah.

And where was the sheet metalwork,
where he worked, where would he do

the sheet metalwork, where was...?
That was in Acton.

In Acton itself, yeah.

Do you know where in Acton it was?
No, no.

Until you were told
of his background,

you had no knowledge
that your father was Harold Jones?

I did know his name
was Harold Jones, yes,

because when we moved
to Hammersmith... Mm-hm.

..he used Jones for working.
Oh, OK.

And I did question that with mum.

What did she say?

She said, "Oh, another person
has got the same name,

"so Dad's changed." Right.

I'll always remember
that because I did ask,

because I found something
with Jones, and I said,

"Who's this?"

Because I didn't know.

And she said, "Oh, it's Dad."

I said, "Well, no,
it's not his right name."

And she said, "No."

She said, "He had to change his name
while he was working."

This is a crucial
new piece of information.

Harold Jones changed his address,
job and name at a time

that coincides with the discovery
of the location where the killer

had been storing the bodies
in Acton.

And, just as importantly, given that
Jones had worked in Acton,

I'm convinced that, as an engineer,

he would have known about the

of the Napier Aero Engine factory,
a sprawling abandoned site.

As the conversation
about Harold Jones progresses,

the daughter remembers another
disturbing memory about her father.

I know that they had an argument
and...Dad just went.


He would never hit mum... Mm-hm.
..or me.

I never got smacked or anything.

And he would rather walk out
the house than to hurt her.

Did she know where he'd gone?

How did she know, do you think?

I don't know how she knew,
but she used to...

She took me with her when he went,
so she knew where to find him,

but I asked, "How do you...?"

She didn't want to say anything.

And he had a kind of bolthole...
Yeah. ..to go to.

Rather than...

He didn't like to argue,
so he would walk out

and that's obviously,
he found somewhere to go.

Can you remember where the bolthole
was? It was in Hammersmith.

In Hammersmith itself. Yeah.

And do you remember
anything about it? Was it a flat?

It was like one of
these hostel places. A hostel.

He buggered off and went
in that, that doss house. Mm.

But there's no smoke without fire,
is there, you know what I mean?

He kept it all them
years to himself.

Which has got to play
on your conscience.

I don't care who you are,
you've murdered someone,

it's something you can't tell
your new wife

and then you've had a kid and you
can't tell her,

it's a hell of a strain on someone.

The thing is, you are not
responsible for anything

that your father may
or may not have done,

you don't have to carry any guilt
or shame on behalf of him.


What I'd like to know, the truth.

If that can ever be... Established.
Yeah. Yeah.

The bolthole Harold Jones
used to stay in was called

Rowton House,
a working man's hostel

on Shepherd's Bush Road
near Hammersmith.

Records show that Harold Jones first
stayed there after being demobbed.

This bolthole was at the epicentre
of the Jack the Stripper murders

and Harold Jones' daughter
remembers picking him up

from there around that time.

Bridget O'Hara, the sixth victim,
was last seen close to Rowton House

on the day she died.

She was with a man who
had previously been seen drinking

with a small group of
Welshmen in a local pub.

The last sighting of Bridget
was walking down the road

with this man, who is described
as being very short

and wearing a trilby hat.

We believe this new information
about Rowton House is a critical

new lead, and one Jackie
is looking to explore further,

along with other information we know
about where Jones lived and worked.

Environment is really important,
I think.

Understanding and knowing where
prostitutes work and frequent

in the pubs, that's a real kind
of essential part of it,

so it's familiar, familiar.

I definitely think that the man
lived in this area

and worked in West London,

that's what I believe to be true,

that this area was
very comfortable for him.

Jackie has arranged
to talk to Dr Kim Rossmo.

Kim is a geographic profiler,
one of the FBI's go-to men

in serial murder cases.

He helps investigators to create
murder maps based on empirical data

about where the killer's
victims' bodies were found.

These maps can suggest links
between where the killer lived,

worked or socialised.

He's created for us one such map
for the Jack the Stripper murders.

Could you just explain
what is geographical profiling?

Geographic profiling

is an investigative tool that's
used in serial crime cases.

Its purpose is to help police
focus on the offender's

most likely anchor points.

Now, that might be their home,
it might be some place

they start their search from.

You know, in some cases
offenders' work

is more important than their home.

There's been a lot of research
on what's called "journey to crime".

How far does an offender travel from
their home or their anchor point

to where they offend.

As you move further away
from an offender's home,

the probability they'll
commit a crime drops.

The other factor is there
tends to be a buffer zone

around an offender's home,
because they don't want to operate

too close to home.

Their car might be recognised,
someone may be a friend

or a neighbour and
recognise their face.

So, overall, in a serial case,
we'll have a number of locations,

each one of them giving
a geographic clue,

but, together, providing a pattern
that gives us a lot of information.

One of the areas was north
of Chiswick High Road,

South of the Vale
and the Uxbridge Road,

it stretches down all the way
to Lyric Hammersmith.

So the second one,
which is to its east,

focuses kind of around Holland Park,

down to Kensington High Street.

We're looking at
a particular suspect

who we know,
when he was a young man aged 15,

murdered two girls
on separate occasions.

Sometime later on release

he ended up in an area

within one of the hot spots
that you identified.

Well, based on what you've

he sounds like a good suspect,

but you also have to consider
both elements to make someone

a good suspect and elements
that make someone a bad suspect.

If this was an active
investigation today,

these are different angles
and theories the investigators

would use to geoprofile,
to help explore,

to help prioritise their efforts.

Thank you so much, Kim,
it's been an absolute delight.

Nice to see you. Bye-bye.

Kim Rossmo's saying these are
good indicators to police,

so where we had a big area
of 24 miles

that John Du Rose was looking at,

this talks about
1.6 miles and one mile,

just under three square miles,
that's a hugely useful tool.

This information from Kim
also intriguingly marries up

with a new piece of information
Jackie has found out

about the identity of a man
who worked at a location

within the hot spot.


Hi, David, it's Jackie.
Oh, hi, Jackie.

How did you get on with Kim Rossmo?
Very well indeed, thank you.

I did some research

about a company called
Napier Aero Engines, Acton,

and they have a roll call
of all their ex-employees

and I have a man here

in the name of HL Stephens,

who was employed next door
to the building

where four of the bodies
were known to be stored,

in the transformer shed.

This new information
about a Mr HL Stephens

is fascinating, as we know Jones
went by the name Stevens

during part of his life.

And it's a finding which potentially
forms another compelling piece

of our puzzle.

But pieces remain missing.

Partly because, as civilians,
we don't have the powers

of the police to obtain
certain documents,

such as Harold Jones' work records.

The last time the Metropolitan
Police looked at the case

was just over a decade ago.

They remained unable to
draw any firm conclusions

as to the identity of the killer,

but Harold Jones wasn't
on the police radar

when that cold case review was done.

If he had been, would that
information have changed the outcome

of the police's findings?

I'm now convinced that we need
Jackie to use her contacts

at Scotland Yard to get hold of the
man who did the review in 2007

and get him to look at
what we've found so far.

Do you know the detective
who did that review?

I've heard of him,
Alan Jackaman,

a very, very experienced
murder squad detective.

I can get on and do that for you,

and come back when
I've made contact.

OK, Jackie, thanks very much.
Thank you very much, goodbye. Bye.

Do you know,
if we can get Alan Jackaman,

who conducts the cold case review,
as part of our investigation,

that really would add some weight
to what it is that we've been doing.

In particular, you know,
it's always difficult to get

the police to reopen a case, but
if we've got the man who conducts

the cold case investigation saying,
actually, if I'd had this evidence

when I conducted my
cold case review,

that seems to me to be
really significant.

The contents of the
2007 cold case review

remain unavailable to the public,

but Jackie has tracked down
Detective Alan Jackaman.

Jackie is particularly keen to see
if Alan can recall ever seeing

a suspect list from the era,
and if so, did the name

of Harold Jones or
Harry Stevens appear on it?

We were lucky enough to find
the original report written

by Detective Superintendent Baldock,

within which contained quite a long

list of suspects which
he looked at at the time.

Neither the name Jones
nor Stephens appeared,

so he didn't form
a part of the review.

I wondered if you would be kind
enough to come back with me

down to Abertillery in South Wales,

where there are enormous amounts
of intelligence and information

that I would like to present to you
for your examination,

and look at the work
that the team have gathered

over the last ten months.

I'd be fascinated, I would love
to go and look at the evidence

that you found against Jones.
Thank you.

Many months have passed
since we began our investigation

in Abertillery,
and the time has come

to return to the incident room

Our team have compiled
a comprehensive list

of all the evidence we've unearthed,
and we are about present this

to Detective Alan Jackaman.

Alan will consider our findings
to see if there's any merit

in presenting them to Scotland Yard.

Let's start by things like age.

One of the things profiles suggest
is that this is an older man,

because he was organised.

And he's organised in a number
of different ways.

We know that he stripped the bodies

and we know that he took trophies,

specifically of the clothing...

..and the teeth.

There's also, I think,
some information about height.

Robin, what height were the victims?

They were all 5'0, 5'2 tall,

so they were very petite women.

On the night that the
last victim disappeared,

one of her drinking companions saw
her walking off at closing time

with a chap
that she seemed to have known,

and he was described as being 5'6,

wearing a sheepskin jacket
and a trilby.

A number of the victims were found
in a particular area

related to a particular trading
estate, Alan, weren't they?

Yes, the Heron Trading Estate,
which is quite a large area,

containing lots of factory units

and where thousands
of people were employed.

Our killer has access to a lock-up
that he's able to use,

that might also indicate that our
killer was also employed there.

So, let's bear this profile in mind

and think to what extent
there is some mirroring in relation

to the profile of Jack the Stripper

with what we know definitively
about Harold Jones.

In relation to Freda
and Florence's murder,

there's evidence of Harold Jones
storing the bodies.

I'm also interested
in this idea of trophy-taking.

Jack the Stripper's murders
are characterised by the taking

of trophies, in particular
the clothes and the teeth.

The prison records reveal quite
a lot in relation to handkerchiefs

and spitting in the mouth.

The spitting in the mouth,
I think, ties up

with the sadism that we see

in the Jack the Stripper murders.

The idea of the killer's fixation
related to the teeth,

to the mouth.

These women were
sadistically murdered.

And because of that sadism,
which had a sexual overtone,

they lost their lives.

Sadism doesn't dissipate over time,

sadism always finds some way
of expressing itself

in terms of the killer's
life and lifestyle.

So when you start to put
these things together

there's an uncanny mirroring

of these early murders in the 1920s

and how aspects of those murders
are reappearing in the murders

that we see in the 1960s.

And your work in particular, your
part of the investigation, Jackie,

throws up the information in
relation to whether or not

we can determine was
Harold Jones Jack the Stripper?

Thank you, David.

What I'd like to do is play
some excerpts from the interview,

and you will hear the words

of Harold Jones' daughter.

She remembers her father
leaving home on two occasions

for two to three days.

She asked her mum,
because it troubled the little girl,

why he'd done it, and her mum said,
"Because he had to get away."

This troubled the girl,
and when she was older,

she asked her mum about it again,

and I'd like you to play
the next clip, please.

I know they had an argument.

He wouldn't argue with Mum, he'd
walk out, and he would end up there.

Why did he have to go?

Why could he not just
argue it out with Mum...

..like people do?

Was he frightened that he might
have done something to Mum?

What do you mean?

Well, was he afraid
that if he stayed and argued

with Mum, he would have killed her?

He was very afraid to lose his
temper by the sound of everything

that's gone wrong,
that he might do something.

What is also interesting
is that the daughter reveals

another name change.

All the paperwork, all the paperwork
was in the name of Stevens.

So why does he want
to change his name back to Jones,

having been called Stevens?

And might I suggest to you that is
because the name Stevens

is even more toxic than Jones,

and he's worried that that might
mean that people start

to investigate this man
called Harry Stevens,

who might be connected to the
Jack the Stripper murders.

So I wondered if you, David,
would put up on the map Rowton House

on this road here,
221 Hammersmith Road.

So within the western hot spot
of the Jack the Stripper murders

we've got where Harold Jones
disappears to

when tensions within the home
become too much for him.

I mean, this is quite
extraordinary, isn't it?

This is beginning to look like
some empirical evidence

based on our profiles, and then
based on the evidence

of what we know about what
Harold Jones did

and what people said about him
when he was incarcerated.

We're now ready to ask Alan Jackaman
what he thinks of our findings,

and if he would be willing to bring
any influence he has within

the Metropolitan Police to bear
in order to get the case reviewed.

Now, Alan, you and Jackie
were police officers.

If you suddenly get information
suggesting that a convicted

double child murderer with the kind
of profile of what he does

to his victims was living within one
of the key areas where the police

were investigating
a sequence of murders,

surely for you,
for any police investigation,

that's pretty important
information, isn't it?

He would shoot to the top of the
suspect list, without a doubt.

You'd never heard of Harold Jones

when you did the
first cold case review.

If you had heard of Harold Jones,
with all of this information,

how high up your suspect
list would he have been?

Well, as we know,
Harold Jones didn't feature

in the first inquiry at all,
but had I known then what I know now

much further research would have
been done on Harold Jones,

and he would have been in the
highest level of suspect.

In fact he would be Harold Jones,
a very good prime suspect. Yes.

There's lots of things that we do
know, there's lots of things

that we don't know, but don't we owe
to the victims' families,

who are still living,
don't we owe something to them

to pursue this a little bit more?

Because we've come so far
as civilians,

the Metropolitan Police
can take it further. Alan?

There are still avenues to pursue

and I would certainly
relish being involved

in any further investigation.

I'm really grateful to hear that
because this is a case

where there are still living human
beings who are intimately connected

to the six women who died,
and it seems to me we do

have a moral responsibility
to those descendants.

I think we need to be part
of the process that brings justice

to the descendants of the six
women who were killed

by Jack the Stripper. I agree.

It's almost 100 years
since Harold Jones

killed Freda Burnell
and Florence Little.

Over the years, their graves have
fallen into a state of disrepair.

However, the people
of Abertillery have now raised money

for the headstones
to be repaired, and the graves

have now been restored,
forming a fitting and enduring

tribute to two children
who lost their lives

but will never be forgotten.

No-one who's heard this story
can fail to be moved by it.

It's a pleasure to be able
to remove this cover.

I hope that Florence and her family
will rest in peace

knowing that
we've not forgotten her.


I just can't speak.

It's wonderful to see that.