History Series ‘American Ripper’ Debuts July 11

Eight-part series wonders if serial killers H.H. Holmes, Jack the Ripper were same person

History’s eight-part limited series American Ripper debuts Tuesday, July 11. The series posits that American serial killer H.H. Holmes and British killer Jack the Ripper were, in fact, the same person.

Jeff Mudgett, great-great-grandson of H.H. Holmes, leads an investigation that secured permission to exhume the presumed body of Holmes for DNA testing to determine whether he escaped his own execution and perhaps led a second, secret life.

Holmes was also known as Herman Webster Mudgett, born in 1861 in New Hampshire. He confessed to 27 murders but is believed to have been involved in dozens more. He was executed in 1896.

“From the moment 20 years ago when [Jeff] Mudgett’s world was shaken at the revelation that he was the descendant of H.H. Holmes, he became obsessed with acquiring information about his ancestor,” History said.

A retired attorney, Mudgett has partnered with former CIA criminologist Amaryllis Fox to launch a deeper investigation.

Read more at broadcastingcable.com.