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Gordon Frederick Cummins, is not really as memorable as Blackout Killer or Blackout Ripper. He murdered for women in London, 1942, and was a leading aircraftman in the RAF, he also claimd to be of noble heritage.

9th February 1942, 40 year old pharmacist Evelyn Hamilton was found strangled and her handbag stolen.

10th February, 35 year old Evelyn Oatley was found naked in her flat. She had been strangled, her throat cut and she had been sexually mutilated with a can opener.

11th Febuary, 43 year old Margaret Lowe was murdered in her flat. She had been strangled by a silk-stocking and her body mutilated by a variety of implements that included a razor, knife and candlestick.

12th February, 32 year old Doris Jouannet was murdered in the lfat she shared with her husband. She was strangled with a scarf and her naked body mutilated. The Blackout Ripper was named due to the similarity of mutilations like Jack the Ripper.

Greta Hayward had a luckier escape on Valentines Day, the attacker was disrupted by a delivery boy on his rounds. On the same day not long afterwards Mrs Mulcahy was attacked. She managed to fight off her attacker, who gave her an extra £5 before running away, leaving his belt behind.

Cummkins had left behind his Gas Mask after the interrupted attack on Greta. The gas mask had the service number 525987 on the side, it identified the possessor as Cummins.

He had no history of violence, but when his quarters were searched February 16th, the belongings of the victims were found. Fingerprints were matched at two flats of the killings and on the can opener. The trial took one day and the Jury took 35 minutes to find him guilty. He was hanged 25th June 1942 at Wandsworth Prison, during an air raid.