Final day shooting on Dark Son

Ebenezer Baptist Church Centre

Originally posted on robinjarossi.com 2 9 18

Last Tuesday saw the conclusion of evidence being presented and filmed for Dark Son, the forthcoming BBC documentary about 1960s serial killer Jack the Stripper.

It a was a big day’s filming: for me 12 hours long, but for the Monster Films’ team much longer.

I was interviewed in the morning and was later on hand for a long session of afternoon-evening filming. Fascinating research from contributors, former police officers and others was explored.

It was a brilliant day. It was also a treat to be again working alongside criminologist Prof David Wilson and ex-detective Jackie Malton. David Howard (director) and Rik Hall (producer) from Monster ran the production calmly and superbly.

The venue was the Ebenezer Baptist Church Centre in Abertillery, Wales. The significance of the setting will become clear when the film is aired.

It has been in production throughout this year. I was initially involved for a chilly day’s filming in February on the Thames (two victims were found on the river foreshore).

From magazine feature to book to TV

I could not imagine how all this would unfold when I signed a contract to write The Hunt for the 60s’ Ripper in October 2016 (Mirror Books). The idea grew out of a feature I proposed for a true-crime magazine that Mirror Syndication were developing.

My argument was that the case – and victims – were largely forgotten today and it should be reviewed and remembered.

The magazine was eventually shelved, but I was able to develop the research I had for the article into a book. Following its publication, my research sparked further new findings about the unsolved 1960s murders of six women in west London.

The documentary team assembled high-quality experts to delve further into the case. I can’t talk about the film’s content, but anyone who thinks they know everything there is to know about the case should think again.

Dark Son is expected be broadcast in autumn 2018.

3 thoughts on “Final day shooting on Dark Son

  1. i shall look forward with interest to this documentary: having read all there is to read on this mysterious case (except the recent nonsensical book on freddie mills as the killer, i could’nt face that)

    but i have my doubts as to the recent idea that Harold Jones was the killer, there are a number of problems with this idea, based on what is known of these crimes: i wonder if those issues will be addressed?

    • I take your point about Jones and the crimes, but I think the documentary will give you reasons to take a fresh look at the case.

  2. i will reserve further comment until the i see the documentary, but my doubts are to do with matters of practicality, did he have the means/capability to carry out the crimes?

    but i look forward to the documentary, these unsolved murders have always fascinated me, and received a fair amount of attention in book form recently, but not so much on tv

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