In the wee hours of the morning, a police constable discovers the body of a woman lying in a 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 than 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 this murder is identical to Jack the Ripper's first murder, and that another attack on Emma Jones also matches one from over 100 years ago. DI Chandler soon recognizes a pattern to the killings, much as Buchan 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 ...
Did You Know?
DI Joseph Chandler is also the name of an inspector who went to the scene of Annie Chapman's death, and became a witness at her inquest. See more
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) do not routinely work night shifts and would not be walking alone through London's East End at 2am. If the PCSO in question had been on a late shift it's unlikely a fire (even with an element of public disorder) would take that long to deal with. See more
You're a Ripperologist, aren't ya?
Why, yes, I am, and I also host an excellent Ripper tour. A lot of the operators use their tours to promote very inaccurate theories, but I pride myself on my strict adherence to the known facts.
Well, there's a fact... you're a loser. Now get out before I nick you for wasting police time.