Jack the Ripper: Tabloid Killer

Former tabloid editor, Kelvin Mackenzie re-examines the Ripper murders, uncovering startling documentary evidence and identifying a new set of suspects.

On 25th September 1888, a letter arrived at the Central News Agency. It claimed to come from the most famous serial killer in history and, for the first time, revealed a name that would become legendary – ‘Jack the Ripper’. 

In this programme, Kelvin Mackenzie investigates the crooked journalists who faked evidence, printed fantasy and mislead the police investigation, all to keep the Ripper murders on their front pages.

Re-examining the case with the help of historians, current newspaper journalists, a top forensic pathologist and a graphologist, Kelvin separates the shocking facts from the newspaper fiction; and, with the help of historian Dr Andrew Cook, nails for the first time ever the man who invented “Jack The Ripper” – the first serial killer to cause a media sensation.

Production Information

Broadcaster: Channel 5 & History Channel

TX Date: June 2009

Format: 1 x 60


All3Media International

Executive Producer(s):

Bill Locke


Kelvin Mackenzie