Artwork for American Ripper in London

Jeff Mudgett goes on a journey to discover the identify of the man who is considered to be the first serial killer in American Ripper in London.

California attorney Jeff Mudgett learns a gruesome family secret; his great-great-grandfather was Herman H Mudgett, aka Dr HH Holmes, the man considered to be America’s first ‘serial killer’.

Watch the journey to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper on Friday 23 February in American Ripper in London on History (DStv Channel 186) and DStv Now at 21:10.

Check out more true-life documentaries on the True Crime Documentaries playlist.

Jeff follows a bloody trail of hidden clues and historical facts which will hopefully strengthen his case and prove his theory that Holmes had travelled to England to commit the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders.


We start on the night Jeff’s grandfather revealed the family’s dark secret, which then sparked an investigation guiding Jeff to infamous sites all around the US. Jeff will team up with a crime detective who will help link these two sinister historical characters together.

We watch the story of Holmes and his 1,000 targets unfold through recreations that are combined with first-person, doc-style story-telling. Jeff is on the hunt to provide solid evidence that Holmes was Jack the Ripper. His remains will be exhumed and tested to prove that he and The Ripper were truly one and the same.

Watch the first episode of American Ripper in London on Friday 23 February on History (DStv Channel 186) and DStv Now at 21:10.

A variety of true-life doccies awaits on the  True Crime Documentaries playlist.