Jack the Ripper was a surgeon from Essex, professor claims after two years of research
Infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper was a surgeon working near the murder scenes, a professor believes.
Prof Eduardo Cuitino, 38, has identified Whitechapel hospital doctor Stephen Herbert Appleford as the man who brutally killed five women in 1888.
He said university rower and swimmer Appleford was strong and left-handed as the Ripper was reputed to be.
The Uruguayan investigator, who sifted evidence for two years, also said Essex-born Appleford, 36 in 1888, was at the age when psychopathic killers are most prolific.
Prof Cuitino, a probability expert at the ORT University in Montevideo, thinks Appleford began his killing spree after his mum died in 1881.
In 1882, a woman was knifed in East London and Appleford was found nearby.
He said he was a surgeon and later vowed she cut herself.
He died childless at 88 in 1940. Prof Cuitino said: “He probably killed himself.”