2 February 2009
In the wee hours of the morning, a police constable discovers the body of a woman lying in yard. The victim is Cathy Lane and the medical examiner determines she was strangled and that her throat was slit. The attack probably lasted no more that a few minutes but the killer tried to gut her as well. The police, led by newly appointed DI Joe Chandler, at first focus on her husband Rob Lees, a brute of a man who also happens to be a butcher, but he has the perfect alibi: he was in the drunk tank at Charing Cross station at the time of the murder. Ripperologist Edward Buchan suggests to them that the murder is identical to Jack the Ripper's first murder victim, attack on Emma Jones matches one over 100 years ago. DI Chandler soon recognizes a pattern to the killings, much as Buchen suggested. His major problem however is that his squad, led by DS 'Skip' Miles, have absolutely no respect for him and see him as just another fast-track university graduate who knows nothing about policing on the street.
9 February 2009
Despite having given a heads up to Commander Anderson about his theory, DI Chandler is called before a review board after a second murder has taken place. Again, it has all the earmarks of the Jack the Ripper's second murder 100 years ago and appears to vindicate his theory of the copycat killing. DS Miles checks with some of the girls who are on the game and there is a soldier, eventually identified as Pvt. John Leary, who's been roughing some of them up. They bring him in for questioning but he proves less than cooperative. As some of his squad begin to develop at least a modicum of respect for him, Chandler stuns them by coming up with another key piece of evidence: the killers DNA which the pathologist got off the victims eyeballs, the killer having apparently licked them at the time of the murder. With Leary refusing to cooperate, the forensic report on the DNA reveals it to be contaminated and the police are no further ahead. Chandler finds himself under pressure when the media gets hold of his copycat theory and it's apparent that one member of his squad has let the cat out of the bag. On the night of the next expected killing, the police make an arrest and Chandler puts DS Miles in charge of the interview. CCTV footage leads Chandler in a different direction.
16 February 2009
Having struck again, this time killing one of their own, the police have to prepare for what should be the final murder. From the CCTV footage, they are able to trace the driver of a van that was in the area and in which they find blood evidence. It is soon evident however that the murderer has in fact stolen someone's identity and the police come to yet another dead end. DI Chandler develops his own theory as to the identity of the original Ripper leading him to a block flats where he is assaulted. Information in the killers flat gives them the identity of the next victim but they race desperately to locate her before the newborn Ripper strikes for the last time.
11 October 2010
The mutilated corpse of an elderly man is dragged from the Thames. From his hand-made shoes he is identified as Lenny Cobb,an old lag who once testified against the notorious but long dead Kray twins who ruled London's gangland in the 1960s. East End historian Buchan believes it is the first in a series of copycat murders in the style of the Krays and is proved right when another ex-villain who gave evidence against the Krays,Slasher Gainford,is also killed. There is also a resurgence in violent attacks such as the mutilation of young Dan Street in a pub toilet,another hallmark of Kray warning shots. Prime suspect is surly pool hall owner Steven Dukes though Buchan thinks he is not the right sort. Strangely enough his more civilized business associate Jack Cheshire has requested that local officers Chandler and Miles stay on the case,rather than it be given to the organized crime squad.
18 October 2010
After a shooting in a pub where the Kray brothers killed rival George Cornell a witness names Jimmy Kray,one of two twin brothers born to Angie Brooks thanks to Ronnie Kray's donated sperm. However,as he has an identical twin Johnny the witness cannot be certain as to the true killer. Whilst Serious Crimes Squad boss Cazenove thinks the twins are fakes,purely seeking reflected glory and not killers, Chandler believes they are trying to unite all the East End gangsters in a federation,as their father and uncle tried to do. All the team are threatened,their one witness intimidated and their office ransacked. Buchan suggests Chandler try to play the brothers off against each other so,,through his informant Cheshire,he sets up a meeting with Johnny,the less vicious twin. However both brothers arrive and try to kill Chandler and Miles,betrayed by Miles' former right hand man Fitzgerald.
25 October 2010
Chandler and Miles survive the ambush but McCormack,coerced by the twins into betrayal,hangs himself. Commander Anderson publicly berates Chandler,telling him he is off the case,but this is a ruse as Anderson rightly suspects that Cazenove is allowing the Krays to control other criminals as an expedient and wants to put him off the scent. Anderson gathers the team at Buchan's house and outlines his plan. If the Krays are exposed as impostors their grip will be broken and so,after Buchan has stolen Ronnie's DNA from a museum exhibit and Chandler has matched it to Jimmy's,whom he has taken on in the boxing ring,the lie is proven. The twins are not Krays but mercenaries recruited in the Congo. Cazenove shoots himself and his team are discredited whilst the 'twins' are arrested. However,Anderson and Cheshire make a bizarre deal to ensure that they are never heard of again.
30 January 2012
When a vast police archive is discovered at the station Chandler persuades a reluctant Miles that Buchan be taken on as a police researcher. That night Ben Salter and three friends are murdered in Ben's tailor' s shop with no suggestion of forced entry.Fear spreads through the area as folk suppose the killer to be supernatural though Buchan sees a connection to the Ratcliffe Highway killings of 200 years earlier. Chandler's main suspect is Dan Wilkie,a rival of Ben Salter as a teenager until Ben's embittered half-brother Marcus is pulled in and placed in custody - from which he mysteriously disappears.
6 February 2012
After another family is killed the custody officer admits that Salter terrified him into releasing him. Salter was owed money by the victims,as he was by his brother and he is eventually cornered in a cinema and recaptured. However he is exonerated following the slaughter of another household,the link to each slaying being that in each case a selfish young girl is spared. Buchan's research leads to a man who was familiar with the murder sites and had a grievance against an arrogant female driver. Have the police got their man this time?
13 February 2012
After a fox drops a woman's severed hand in Whitechapel DI Mina Norroy arrives from Richmond,where the rest of the torso has floated down river. The woman was poisoned and then dismembered. Ella Bowe,missing from home for six months,seems a likely victim but is proved not to be. The police locate the fox,following it to the garden of the heavily booby-trapped house belonging to weird reclusive Adelina Grace. A woman's foot is in the garden and Adelina's dead husband in the cellar but he was not murdered and none of the potions Adelina makes can be identified as the fatal poison. Then another woman's foot is found.
20 February 2012
After Buchan identifies the killer's modus operandi as aping the Marquis De Sade,who murdered women after poisoning them with an aphrodisiac, Chandler and Miles hunt for the individual who contacted a firm specializing in love potions by masquerading as a couple. This leads the team to S & M club the Hooded Crow,where Mina almost falls victim to a man with vampiric tendencies. Then two more victims are found,identical in height and appearance to the first two. Chandler over-rules Mina and follows Miles' suggestion that they locate Ella Bowe,who is still alive and provides them with the key to the serial killers's identity.
27 February 2012
Baby-sitter Sasha Lowood is murdered by a man dressed as the mythical Bogey-Man at the same time that Calum Mantus,who killed his family in a manner identical to Sasha's slaying,escapes from a secure unit The police search Mantus's old house,which feels haunted and where there is a poster of actor Lon Chaney in the film 'London After Dark'. According to unit head Dr Mortlake this was Mantus's favourite film and traditionally drove its audiences mad. After psychiatrist Morgan Lamb survives an attack by the Bogey Man a masked man is seen toting a gun. However he is not Mantus but an innocent who has been set up.
5 March 2012
Another boy is killed and,like the last one and Sasha,was in the same school form as Mantus's sister. Morgan survives another attack,injuring her assailant,but she has no connection with the class-mates and young DC Kent feels she is holding something back. Miles believes Mantus is not the murderer and the fact that the three victims all fell foul of recently deceased caretaker Dave Watney seems to prove his point. Does the late Dave have an avenger? Is Morgan the accomplice? Or is Mantus,seen to be nursing a leg injury,the killer after all?
4 September 2013
Chandler and Miles attend the launch of Buchan's book on murders in Whitechapel where they are baffled by cryptic remarks made by an eccentric old lady Louise Iver. At the same time elderly vagrant Alexander Zukanov is lured to a house with strange markings on the wall where he is pressed to death, giving the name Dorothy Cade to his killer before he dies. Miles and Chandler visit Zukanov's doss-house and learn that the other occupants were frightened of him and regarded him as a warlock. Buchan confirms that he was a member of the Bulgarian secret service and Stella Knight from MI6 names him as having been an interrogator of former British spy Crispin Wingfield. Wingfield is questioned but released though he tells the police that the manner of Zukanov's death was a punishment for witches in the sixteenth century. Meanwhile Dorothy Cade, living with her sister Cecilia, is also murdered, burnt at the stake like a medieval witch.
11 September 2013
Buchan believes the killer believes they are a modern witch-finder general and that the markings on both Dorothy's house and the scene of Alexander's murder are to warn off evil spirits though homeless Lee Bysack claims they are to show houses friendly to vagrants. Another woman is killed and it seems that each victim gave the murderer the name of an associate, who was then slain. Dr Llewellyn tells Chandler that Dorothy's killer lost a finger through gangrene and, after Wingfield has killed himself following a nervy call to the police, Buchan explains that the gangrene was probably the result of ergot poisoning, which causes madness and paranoia. This leads to a disused bakery and a killer who believes they were cursed by witchcraft as the police manage to save the last victim.
18 September 2013
A young woman is menaced in a graveyard but her stalker is slain by an assassin, who runs away. Next morning a human face is found in an art gallery exhibiting the works of Sebastian Marlowe, the body being later fished from a river. Numerous tattoos on body and face identify the dead man as Nikolay Baldaev, a member of the Russian Mafia and, on the house-to-house enquiry butcher Anjit Marsud and his daughter Sabina deny knowing him but appear to be lying. Chandler establishes that Sebastian Marlowe does not exist, the work being created by his supposed assistant Abigail Perkins, a young woman with a disfiguring birth-mark on her face. Then mechanic Harry Barnett is also killed and flayed, the same sequence of letters found in his house as in the gallery and a third victim, another tattooed man, is also taken. At the same time the police station is beset by power cuts, floods and mildew and Wingfield's notes which were sent to Chandler after his suicide reveal that he was investigating the same crimes as the police.
25 September 2013
Following the discovery of a third corpse, flayed like the others, Sabina Masud talks to Chandler. She explains that Baldaev was the leader of a Russian extortion gang demanding money from her father. When he refused to pay Baldaev stalked her and she was in the graveyard when he was killed, describing his slayer as resembling an old woman wearing a leather mask. This fits the description of the person who abducted young student William Tierney Clark. Clark, like the other three victims, was acquitted in a case where somebody was killed, suggesting a revenge motive by the murderer. Clark survives and, in hospital, questioned by Chandler as to the identity of his attacker, writes the letter W. A suspect is brought in but Buchan pursues his own enquiry, confronting the killer and having to be rescued by the other team members.
2 October 2013
In the sewers beneath as Whitechapel church two workmen find the disembowelled corpse of young runner Thomas Griffin. Dr Llewellyn believes his killer removed his stomach and entrails. A camera rigged up in the sewer leads to zoologist Mark Hooper but he was only testing an urban myth to see if feral pigs roamed the sewers. The next victim, Anne Ayres, is found in the same state as Thomas and, like him, was feted for local charity work. Both were profiled by journalist Peter Dunn, who, when visited by the police, is cooking something that smells very strange. At the same time urban farmer Josie Eagle is also pursued by a sinister group. Miles is concerned as to how Wingfield seemed to have known so much about the police's cases whilst Megan stops Mansell from killing himself.
9 October 2013
Buchan explains that the killers are cannibals, eating their victims to assume their power and goodness. Following Josie's disappearance Miles and Chandler learn that she too was interviewed by Dunn and that he is part of an exclusive dining club - though they feed on endangered species, not people. After Josie's body is found Miles installs a CCTV camera in the police station, which captures Louise Iver committing acts of sabotage which have caused the recent disasters. He believes she is an immortal succubus, inciting others to murder, though Buchan is sceptical. After a vicar, a member of the dining club and another person hailed for good deeds, is killed his widow points the police to a Domesday cult expecting the end of the world and dining on the godly to save their souls. They are successfully pursued but Iver remains at large to have the last word.
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