In June 1959 the body of a young woman was found dumped on the north bank of the River Thames, in what would be the first murder attributed to a serial killer the media nicknamed Jack the Stripper, because his victims were found in a state of undress after being brutally strangled. The killings continued until 1965 and claimed the lives of upwards of seven women, all of whom were sex workers. Investigators were able to identify several factors which linked some of the women, and the famed police detective John Du Rose was placed in charge of catching the killer. Despite a thorough investigation and the identification of a strong suspect, no one was ever charged with what became known as the Hammersmith Nudes Murders.
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