The Face of Jack the Ripper

At the conclusion of the investigation into the Whitechapel murders in 1888, the team from the London Metropolitan Police had a very unusual gift made for Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline. It was a walking cane topped with a head carved in the likeness of Jack the Ripper. The face was a composite of the descriptions from various witnesses in the case. Does it resemble anyone you know? I may have seen that face in a science fiction movie, but I can’t place it exactly. I think the high-gloss varnish is throwing me off.

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The cane has recently resurfaced after going missing for years. It was the property of the Bramshill Police Staff College, which closed in 2015. Last month it was discovered in the college’s archives, along with other police memorabilia that had been on display. The carving is the only known composite of the Ripper’s face. The cane is now displayed at the College of Policing. -via Boing Boing

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