Chiswick cold case may be reopened

New evidence has emerged for the biggest unsolved serial murder case in British criminal history.

Dark Son – The Hunt for a Serial Killer shown on BBC Wales and available on BBC iPlayer follows an investigation to solve the ‘Jack the Stripper’ murders committed between 1964 and 1965.

There are thought to be as many as eight victims in this case, three of whom were found in Chiswick, the other bodies were discovered naked nearby.

The programme makers have identified a Welsh double child killer called Harold Jones as their prime suspect. He served 20 years in prison, changed his name to Harry Stephens, then moved to Hammersmith and worked in Acton.

Despite huge resources being given to this investigation at the time, the programme makers assert the police were unaware a convicted double murderer with similar, sadistic methods was living and working at the epicentre of the murder scenes. The victims, all petite, vulnerable women, have surviving families who are still waiting to find out who murdered them.

Scotland Yard, when asked if they were to reopen this cold case responded:

“The investigation into a series of unsolved murders in Hammersmith in 1950s and 1960s remains open. An assessment will be carried out by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command’s Special Casework Investigation Team. Assessment of historical material/cases will take time. Anyone who wants to contact police about an offence historical or otherwise can call the police on 101.”