Serial killer Jack The Stripper who murdered six women in London 'was metalworker who slaughtered two young girls 43 years earlier'

Harold Jones was working as a shopping assistant aged just 15 when he killed eight-year-old Freda Burnell in Wales in 1921.

He was later acquitted due to a lack of evidence but two months later he killed Florence Little, 11, after slitting her throat at his parents’ home.

Jones pleaded guilty to murdering Florence and hiding her body in the attic and later admitted killing Freda.

And now a criminologist believes Jones could be linked to the Jack The Stripper killings of six prostitutes whose bodies were dumped in the Thames in the 1960s.


The killer removed their clothes and teeth and the deaths were originally known as the “Hammersmith nude murders”.

David Wilson, a professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, spent 15 months investigating the murders and has presented his new findings to cops, reports The Times,

And in a new BBC documentary, Dark Son: The Hunt For A Serial Killer, he claims Jones could be linked because he was living in West London during the 1960s.


He said: “It is really important that we try and get justice for the families of these women even if the crimes were committed in the 1960s.

“In Harold Jones we are giving the police evidence that they never had at the time and he emerges as a prime suspect.”

Professor Wilson claims Jones was Jack The Stripper and had changed his name to Stevens while having links to an industrial estate close to where the bodies were kept before being dumped in the Thames.

He also worked as a panel beater which could have given him access to paint similar to flecks found on the bodies of four of the six victims.


The first victim of Jack The Stripper was 30-year-old Hannah Tailford who was found by the River Thames in Hammersmith in February 1964.

Irene Lockwood, 25, was found just two months later on the same stretch of river.

Helen Barthelemy, 22, was found weeks later and the remains of 30-year-old Mary Fleming were discovered at a garage.

The body of 21-year-old Frances Brown was found in Kensington in November 1964.
And on February 16, 1965 the body of Irish immigrant Bridget O'Hara was found in Acton, West London.

Cops identified a number of other suspects including former world champion boxer and police superintendent Freddie Mills.

Jones' name was given to cops but he wasn't considered a suspect and died of bone cancer in Hammersmith aged 64 on January 2 1971.

The findings from Professor Wilson's investigation have been given to Scotland Yard. The documentary is on BBC Four tomorrow at 9pm.

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