Hull's link with Jack the Ripper revealed in TV documentary filmed in city
Did Jack the Ripper commit crimes in Hull?
A new TV documentary, showing for the first time tonight, promises to reveal fresh information about one of the leading suspects in the notorious case - including his time in our city.
Prime Suspect: Jack The Ripper, which will be broadcast on UKTV's Yesterday channel, traces the life of Frederick Bailey Deeming, a convicted murderer whom some believe was the Ripper.
Deeming was locked up in Hull Prison in 1890, two years after the Ripper murders in Whitechapel, for defrauding a jewellery store in Whitefriargate.
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He went on to kill his wife and four children in Rainhill before fleeing to Australia, where he was hanged for killing another woman.
The documentary, partially filmed in Hull, includes interviews with local researcher Mike Covell, an expert on the Ripper murders.
Mike, who has been researching Deeming for six years, says there is circumstantial evidence to link him to the Ripper crimes.
He said: "Deeming's modus operandi in the murders of his wives and children is very similar to that of the Whitechapel victims.
"It is also interesting to note that Deeming was accused by a dress maker during his 1892 trial of being in London during the Ripper murders.
"His own solicitor also stated that he thought Deeming was the Ripper, but later retracted his story.
"One of the most interesting facts is that many claim Deeming was in prison in 1888 but recently discovered Home Office documentation casts doubt on this claim."
Prospero Productions, the Australian-based TV company behind the show, filmed scenes at Hull Prison and at Mike's east Hull home.
The producers say the film will use the latest technology, including DNA analysis, to try to provide answers to the mystery of Jack the Ripper's identity.
Despite a host of suspects, Britain's most famous serial killer, who is believed to have murdered at least five prostitutes in London in 1888, has never been satisfactorily identified.
Prime Suspect: Jack The Ripper will air on Yesterday at 9pm tonight (Wednesday - Sky 537, Virgin 203, Freeview 12).
The show will be repeated on Yesterday at 1am and 1pm tomorrow (Thursday).
The trailer for the show can be viewed on Yesterday's website.