Jack's Back (1988)

He photographs his victims.
This one was number four.
Each woman was murdered
100 years to the clay
from the original Jack
the Ripper murder.
The first on the 31st of August,
the next September the 8th,
then two on the 30th.
All the victims
were prostitutes.
Each mutilation was
progressively worse
with the exception
of the 3rd victim.
She wasn't mutilated at all,
which is the case in
the original murders.
This guy did his homework.
And tonight's the
anniversary of the last murder?
You got it.
Captain, this is Dr. Battera.
Captain Prentis.
Glad to meet you, Doc.
What do you make of all this?
We must stop him.
Look, give him some time.
We haven't got time.
The incision should be made
in the lower 3rd of the
abdomen on the right side,
just below here.
And should be a sufficient size
to permit access to
the intestinal secum.
Now, I have big hands,
but like we say in Houston,
the bigger the scar,
the higher the fee.
5th victim, and
authorities believe
the Ripper will
strike again tonight.
KBLA, all news, all day.
It's 98 degrees in the
Civic Center right now,
with a high of over 100 expected
later this afternoon,
as the Santa Ana winds
continue across the southland.
It's 89 degrees at the beaches,
103 in the Valley,
and the forecast for the
greater Los Angeles area
is sunny and hot,
- with no relief in sight.
- What's up, homeboy?
- Hey, Andrea!
- Hi, John.
Nice to see you again.
- Hi, John Wesford, welcome.
- Hi.
Did you have any
trouble getting down here?
- Not at all.
- Good, good.
Now, the whole area
here is split up
into five separate camps.
This one is Justiceville
that we're in right now.
I'm going to introduce
you to five captains.
Each one oversees
a different camp.
We'll meet them first
and then we'll get a
chance a little later on
to show you around and we can
shoot some footage, I hope.
- Great.
- Hey, Emmanuel.
So Tom, what do I do right here?
You have to
transfer that down here.
Once you do that, take
it over into this.
Same thing the way
you transfer it down.
Where is he?
He's at that camp, isn't he?
Good evening, and
our top story tonight,
the largest mobilization of
federal, state and local police
ever assembled for a manhunt
is preparing for what may
be another night of murder
for the Ripper.
Here's a report
from Collin Marsh.
It was here in this
alley, in Echo Park,
that police found the
body of Emily Dartmond,
a known prostitute,
and the 4th victim in this
series of grisly killings
which mirror the Jack
the Ripper murders
that occurred on these
same dates 100 years ago.
Not again.
Hello, Mary.
You didn't forget.
Sidney's looking for you.
You better watch out.
That's OK, I brought
him some Ding Dongs.
How you doin', Linda?
Let's see what we have here.
What's your name?
Mary, can I have some gauze?
Do you have any
grandchildren, Martha?
What are their names?
Martin, Robert,
Alexis, and Janie and Ricky.
Which one is the naughty one?
You see, I could've
told you that.
I got a brother named Ricky
and he was the naughty one, too.
I think you're
gonna be just fine,
you just need a few
stitches here, all right?
We'll take care
of you right away.
She's next.
Thank you.
Free Saturday night?
Tell your mother that
he has to come back
in six weeks to get
the cast removed.
Mary'll make an
appointment for you.
All right.
Thank you.
Come on.
What's up, Doc?
I think he's been abused.
What's the last name?
2330 Hargrove Street.
Seen the parents?
His sister always brings him.
Well, let's see what
we can find out, right?
Sidney's on the warpath.
How rare.
He knows why you're late.
- Yeah I know, I told him.
- You told him?
If I want to hear a sermon,
I'll go see my preacher!
It might just do you some good,
you're two weeks past the
legal limit for God's sakes.
Face the facts.
You stay off the
streets, you understand?
You tell that to my pimp.
Don't you care about
your unborn child?
- In my office.
- Just wait-
John, who's that woman?
I'll tell you later.
You know I've been
doing your work for you
for the past two hours.
Sit down.
You got a lotta goddamned nerve,
you know that?
Just because the
people out there
call you a doctor
doesn't make you one.
You're still in medical school
and you're working here
under my supervision
and approval.
One more stunt like
you pulled today,
and I'll have your ass
bounced out of here
so fast it'll make
your head swim.
Do you understand me?
I'm writing a letter to
the Board of Regents.
Consider yourself on probation.
Do I make myself clear?
You know, Sidney,
the people that come
in here need help,
not condemnation.
What ails them can't be cured
by some close of your morality.
They deserve the same respect
that you'd give
any paying patient.
You're fired.
Sidney, what,
you don't have enough
people out here
to take care of
the work as it is.
I said you're
fired, can't you hear?
All right, look,
I-I'm sorry, OK?
Sidney, I told you
I was gonna be late.
It won't happen
again, I promise.
Sidney, I want to work here,
I grew up in this neighborhood.
So what?
Look, I'm not gonna
apologize for myself.
There are things that
I need to do sometimes.
You know, you're a regular
Albert Schweitzer, son.
Can I go back to work now?
Get out of here.
If you're late again,
I will fire your ass.
Sid, the hubcaps on your Fleetwood?
They're gone.
Are you fired?
He just wanted to thank me
for doing such a fine job.
He's worried about you, though,
and you, too.
Aren't you going
to check yourself out?
And I think that the answer
isn't just to build
more temporary shelters.
Well, what message do you hope
this effort conveys?
That these people aren't here
just to exercise our generosity.
They're here because
they have no home.
I mean we're in the wealthiest
country in the world
and people are
living in the streets
and that's a shame.
You know, you got
a family of six
living in a station
wagon, right over there.
You know, look around you.
This is their
reality, every day.
From downtown Los Angeles,
this is Andrea Banks,
Channel 10 news.
Here he comes.
OK, get ready,
here he comes, here he comes.
Captain Prentis!
Captain Prentis,
what's your strategy
for tonight?
Where do you think
he'll hit tonight?
What's being done
about this whole thing?
Captain Prentis, do
you have any new leads?
Where do you think
he'll hit tonight?
Gentlemen, I made my statement
at the press conference
this morning.
I have no further comment.
Captain Prentis,
where do you think
he'll hit tonight?
Comment, please!
Yeah, give us a break!
All right, I think
you ought to grab a seat,
we're ready to get started.
You wanna settle in back there?
I know a lot of you
are working your days off
or pulling a double shift
and I wanna thank
you at the top.
We need to catch
this son of a bitch.
Tonight may be our last chance.
Now the CHP's and the Sheriffs
are gonna have details
out there tonight
along with the Feds.
Now I expect you to show
them every courtesy,
but I also expect
you to be the ones
to bring this maggot in.
Sergeant Gabriel's gonna
brief you on this detail.
Thank you, Captain.
Well, we don't have much.
As you know, there
have been no survivors
and no eye witnesses.
We do know that the murders
are the work of one man,
we know that he's left-handed,
he always wears gloves,
he smokes,
and he's very strong.
The murder weapon is a knife,
six to eight inches
long, very sharp,
possibly a scalpel or
a post mortem knife.
We know that our boy
practices safe sex.
He uses pre-lubricated Trojans.
We have a few ideas,
but I'm gonna leave the
psychological profile
to the doctor.
You all have your assignments,
so at this time, I'd
like to introduce.
Dr. Carlos Battera, our
consulting psychiatrist
on loan from the APA.
Dr. Battera.
Thank you, Sergeant Gabriel.
Jack the Ripper
was the harbinger,
the father of the
modern sex crime
and he looms large in
our subject's mind.
He has duplicated each murder
down to the finest detail.
Some theorize that
Jack the Ripper
was a medical man
because of the precision
of his cutting and his
anatomical knowledge.
I believe that would
also apply in this case.
The most important thing
that I can tell you
with any certainty,
is unfortunately
about the victim.
She will be murdered in her room
sometime in the next 12 hours.
And she will be pregnant.
Good night, all.
- Good night, Mary.
- Good night, Mary.
Don't forget to lock up.
We won't.
Good night, Mary.
You've been kind
of quiet tonight,
are you OK?
Have anything to do with
that girl this afternoon?
You wanna tell us about her?
Not really.
Cat's got his tongue.
So where's Roger?
I haven't seen Roger.
Tom, have you seen Roger around?
I haven't seen
him around at all.
Guess it's not happening?
No, not happening.
- Roger is...
- Boring.
Roger is boring, right?
He's pretty boring.
It's not his fault, though.
It's all that Anglo-Saxon shit.
I mean 200 years of tweed
sport coats and bow ties
fucks with your mind.
Can you imagine
the kids, though?
Bunch of little
Rogers running around
with little bow ties.
Are you two quite through?
You're Italian, girl,
you've got hot blood.
You should let me fix
you up with a brother.
At the very least,
a Puerto Rican.
I can find my
own men, thank you.
All right.
Night, Chris.
Night, Jack.
Thanks for the book.
Did you like it?
I haven't had a
chance to look at it yet.
I'll read it over the weekend.
Well, if you do like it, though,
I'll get you another, OK?
What about Jack?
I think he's got
a thing for you.
Didn't hear me.
If you're so concerned about me,
why don't you take me out?
We could go to dinner.
I'm too wild for you, Chris.
How do you know, John?
You're killin' me,
I can't go to dinner tonight,
I've got work to do.
Will you get her
out of here, please?
Chris, let me give
you a ride home.
The Ripper's still out there.
Tonight's the night.
Yeah, if you wouldn't mind.
Of course not.
Good night.
I'll see you at the car.
What's with you?
Do you have a penis?
Shut up.
See you tomorrow, dude.
What do you want?
I can help you.
I can get rid of it for you.
How much?
Take a check?
Do you take checks?
Let me in.
Are you gonna do it here?
Of course.
My God!
What have you done?
Call the police!
Call the police!
Hey you stupid
prick, come back here!
Don't you know how to drive?
Is anybody here?
Come on! Come on!
Emergency operator.
The nature of your emergency?
Yeah, I wanna report a murder.
Your name?
John, John Wesford.
W-E-S-F-O-R-D .
Listen, the victim's
name is Denise Johnson
and I saw who did it.
Look, it's, it's not
what you think, John.
I didn't kill her!
God, you gotta believe me!
I-I gave her an
abortion, that's all!
Look, I went out to
get her prescription.
Don't you see? Somebody else
must've come in there!
Look, I got scared, I'm sorry!
I didn't do it!
- You need help, Jack.
- No!
Captain Prentis!
Captain Prentis!
Who was he?
He was a medical student
by the name of John Wesford.
He hung himself,
he knew we were
closing in on him.
Now we've done something even
Scotland Yard couldn't do.
We've caught Jack the Ripper.
Do you have conclusive evidence?
We do.
It'll all be introduced
at the inquest.
We have a press conference at
headquarters at nine o'clock.
I trust you will all be there.
Excuse me.
Why don't you see if
you can get this cleaned up
in about an hour,
I want to get a report
in to me right away.
You got it.
See you downtown, Sam.
All right.
So where do you wanna eat?
What the hell?
- Hey!
- Now take it easy.
- What happened here?
- We still can't talk about it.
My brother was murdered.
- How do you know?
- I saw it.
You were there?
NO, I!
I saw it in a nightmare.
Last night?
Tell me exactly what
you saw in the nightmare.
Well, I was,
Johnny was sitting
on the floor, and...
He had a rope around his neck
and someone started
to pull the rope.
Did you see his face?
How do you know
your brother didn't
commit suicide?
My brother didn't
commit suicide.
Someone who was there hurt him.
Someone was pulling
that fucking rope.
Was your brother
left-handed, Richard?
Are you?
No, I'm ambidextrous.
Let's get some coffee.
Would you like a cup?
Cream and sugar?
What do you think?
either he's telling the truth
or he killed his own brother.
Well, which is it?
I don't know.
There have been cases documented
where twins knew
the exact moment
of their sibling's death.
I'd like to interview him.
Hypnotize him if possible.
Run a check on him, see
what's in the computer.
Come with me, Doctor.
There we go.
Richard, this is Dr. Battera.
He's been working
with us on the case.
How do you do, Richard?
You think I'm crazy?
No, we don't.
No, we're just trying
to clarify the situation.
Some very serious charges
have been made
against your brother.
We have enough
evidence to believe
that he's responsible
for the Ripper murders.
My brother didn't kill anybody.
Some motherfucker put
a rope around his neck
and strung him up on
the fucking ceiling!
We have an eyewitness.
Fuck your eyewitness.
I don't need this
shit, all right?
If you want me to stay, book me.
Perhaps Sergeant, you
could give Richard and me
some time together?
All right.
I'd like to try and
help you understand
what happened to you,
if you'll permit me.
You saw what happened to your
brother last night in a dream.
Had you ever had a
dream like this before?
Any shared pain experiences
where he was hurt and
you felt the pain?
Were there any times
that you communicated
without speaking?
Whether in the same
room or far apart?
Any unusual experiences?
Anything at all?
There was one
but it was 6th grade.
Tell me about it.
Our teacher gave us a test,
the history test and
after it was finished,
she called Johnny and I up
to the front of the classroom
and said that we cheated.
Gave the same answers,
made the same mistakes.
So we told her that we
hadn't cheated and...
she put us into different rooms
and gave us another test.
And the same thing
happened, identical papers.
That's it.
Have you ever been hypnotized?
Well, I would like
to hypnotize you.
I think it might enable you to
see your dream more clearly,
without obstruction.
Do it.
First I'll ask you to extinguish
your cigarette, please.
And sit squarely in your chair.
Make yourself as
comfortable as possible.
In these chairs.
Why don't you take
your jacket off?
All right, I'm going to
ask you to concentrate
and I'm going to ask you
to focus your attention
on the point of light.
Look into the light.
Now, now please,
stare at the light.
empty your mind.
You see only the light,
you hear only my voice.
All right, Richard, your left
arm is as stiff as a board.
All right Richard, you
may relax your arm now
and place it back in your lap.
Now I'm going to lead you back
to the clinic.
It's dark.
What is it, Richard?
Tell me what you see.
What do you see, Richard?
Tell me what you saw, Richard.
Richard, can you hear my voice?
Can you hear me, Richard,
can you hear my voice?
Can't wait.
It's all right,
Richard, it's all right.
I saw his face.
I saw the motherfucker's face.
Andrea Banks, Channel 10 News,
aren't you John Wesford?
- He's my twin brother.
- You're twins?
We don't have to talk to you.
Well, what do you
think of the allegations
that your brother
was the Ripper?
Why did he commit suicide?
He didn't, he was murdered.
How do you know?
I saw it.
You were an eyewitness?
Where's he being held?
He's not being held.
What's the police
department's position on this?
No comment! Move it!
From police headquarters,
this is Andrea Banks,
Channel 10 News.
There was nothing
we could do, Wally.
She was waitin' for us.
She must've recognized
him last night at the scene.
I told the Chief, the Mayor,
and the whole goddamned press
corps the case was closed.
Well it may not
be as open and shut
as we'd like to think.
Something is fishy here
and I need a little time
to gather some facts.
Facts, now we have facts,
we have an eyewitness
for Christ sakes, Gabe!
That's positive ID.
He was covered with her blood,
all five victims were treated
at the clinic where he worked
within days of their murder.
And the son of a bitch
committed suicide.
Now that is open and shut!
And now some kid has a dream,
and you want to
forget all about it.
That kid is his
identical twin brother.
He showed up at the
scene of the crime.
He knew how his brother died,
he even knew the
exact time of death.
Wally, an eyewitness
couldn't tell them apart.
This just came in.
It's Richard
Wesford's rap sheet.
He's got a whole slew of priors,
most of them juvenile.
He was a member of
the Aces street gang.
When he was 18 he was charged
with breaking and entering,
assault with a deadly weapon.
Copped a plea,
went into the Army.
They made him a medic.
He works for
the Second Sole
athletic shoe store.
Transferred down
here from 'Frisco
about two months ago.
Just before the
killings started.
Jesus Christ.
Do identical twins have
the same fingerprints?
Mother santisima!
My name's Rick Wesford.
I'm John's brother,
I'm looking for some
information about him.
Yes, what do you want?
My name's Rick Wesford,
I'm looking for some
information about my brother.
If you're sick, we can help you.
For information, try
the public library.
Hey man, you know this...
Don't "hey man" me.
You make any
disturbances in here
and I'll call the
police, you got that?
I got it.
Now get out.
- Wait!
- Get back to work, Chris.
My name is Christina Moscari,
I was a friend of
your brother's.
Fuck off, Sidney!
Excuse me.
I'm really really
busy right now,
but, but I can talk to
you later if you'd like.
I get off at nine.
I'll see you then.
Thank you.
Think he killed his brother?
Had to.
What, you think he's
some kind of swami?
I don't know.
My grandma had the Sight.
This isn't Twilight Zone,
Sam, this is real life.
I'm telling you, man, it's deep.
Shit happened.
There's a pub not far from
here where we can talk.
Nice car.
Thank you.
What the hell?
He's in the wrong lane, Sam!
Son of a bitch!
Take it easy, Sam.
He's not gain' anywhere.
It's up about two
miles on the right.
I'm really sorry about John.
He was a good man.
You look so much like him.
I can't believe he's dead.
I saw it.
I saw it last night
in a nightmare.
Somebody strangled him,
and then they hung him.
That's what happened.
Johnny didn't kill himself.
- I can't believe it!
- You see that?
Yeah, I saw him on TV.
We all used to come
here sometimes after work.
What kind of drugs do
they have at that clinic?
Normal pharmaceuticals.
Johnny have access to 'em?
Sidney's the only
one with the key.
Why do you ask?
Just curious.
Helen, Rick Wesford.
He's John's brother.
- How do you do?
- Hi.
You hungry?
They have great fish and chips.
The kitchen's closed.
OK, we'll have drinks then.
Pabst for me.
What kind?
What do you do
for a living, Rick?
I I manage a shoe store.
What did the police say
when you told them you
could identify the murderer?
They didn't believe me.
What are you gonna do?
I'm gonna find him.
Thanks, Howie.
When was the last time
you spoke with John?
I haven't talked to
him in a couple of years.
So you weren't close, then.
We were and we weren't.
Listen, I'm, I'm
sorry, I better split.
Do you want a ride someplace?
I live just up the
block, across the bridge.
I appreciate you talking to me.
Wait, don't leave.
I'm gonna give you my
address and phone number.
There are a couple of things
I can check out for
you tomorrow at school.
Call in the evening.
Thank you.
TW3 to control.
This is control, go ahead TW3.
Open up, police!
I said open up!
This is Detective
Morofsky, Richard.
Open the door.
I'm out the back, Sam!
We're fucked.
Captain Prentis.
This is Tom Dellerton and Neil?
- Finchley.
- Finchley.
They were friends
of John Wesford's
and they've made
a sworn statement
that John was with
them in San Diego
on the night of the 31st.
When Cicely Tuner was murdered.
- Is that so?
- Yes sir.
We were playing in a
basketball tournament
for medical students.
Seven of us went down
to train on Friday night
and came back Sunday.
Where did you stay?
At the Highland Inn.
My uncle's an assistant
manager there.
James Finchley's his name.
And Wesford was with
you the whole time?
- Yes, sir.
- He never left your sight.
Not long enough for him
to come all the way back here
and murder that girl.
Right, and we read
that all these murders
were supposed to be
the work of one man.
So if John didn't do that one,
we figure he couldn't
have done any of them.
I want to thank you
boys for coming in.
We appreciate the help.
- You're welcome, sir.
- Thanks.
Call Sam, tell
him to pick him up.
I already did a
little while ago.
They lost him.
Let's go. Inside!
Who is it?
Did you get an eyeful, asshole?
Did you get an eyeful?
Out back, peeking
through my window.
- When?
- Just now.
Close your door and lock it.
You mean it wasn't you?
Whoever was there is gone.
What did he look like?
I don't know, I
just saw a shadow.
Why are you here?
Who's the guy in the back?
- Jack.
- Jack?
Jack killed my brother.
Who is it?
Police, Miss Moscari,
could you open up?
Isn't it a little late to be...
This is an emergency,
may we come in?
I'm not really dressed.
It's OK, we're police officers.
You were with
Richard Wesford tonight?
Did he tell you
where he might be going,
what his plans were?
What'd you talk about?
About his brother.
Do you have any
idea where he is now?
No, I don't.
If Wesford contacts you,
would you call us at
this number immediately?
He's wanted in connection
with his brother's murder.
We have reason to believe
he's emotionally
disturbed and dangerous.
His brother's dead.
Wouldn't you be disturbed?
Please call us
if he contacts you.
He's dangerous.
Thank you.
The man in the photograph's
name is Jack Pendler.
He works at the clinic with us.
Are you sure he's the man?
Do you know where he lives?
I'll be right back,
I'll get dressed.
- Wait-
- No.
I'm coming with you.
Wait, pull over there.
What for?
I gotta make a stop.
Where are you going?
Right across the street.
Be back in just a few
minutes, all right?
- What do you want?
- Roscoe sent me.
Beat it.
I'm on page 51.
- So?
- I need a gun.
Now what's a nice
young man like you
want with a piece?
Wedding present.
Show me something green.
You a police officer?
You a Federal Marshall?
A treasury agent?
An agent of the FBI?
You look familiar.
I seen you around somewhere?
I don't know.
Watch Dynasty?
Take your pick.
You gotta be kidding me.
I don't kid about money, pal.
Come on.
I'll take this one
and a box of shells.
No bullets here.
You want bullets, try
a sporting goods store.
You're a real sweetheart.
All right, let's go.
What's the matter?
Why did we stop here?
I needed to see somebody.
I bought a gun.
Listen, why don't
you give me the address
and I'll take it alone
from here, all right?
What, so you're gonna shoot him?
I couldn't shoot the
motherfucker if I wanted to.
I don't have any bullets.
No bullets.
The guy sells guns,
he doesn't sell bullets.
Well that's pretty stupid,
what good is a gun
without any bullets?
What are you doing here?
You so-
You scared me.
I forgot some of my, my stuff
and I needed it.
Well you're not supposed
to be in here after hours.
Especially after what's
already happened.
I understand.
I was just leaving.
I've.. I've been
meaning to tell you.
You do good work.
Thank you, sir.
Now go have some fun.
Yes, sir!
That's it.
Does he live alone?
Do you know if he has a dog?
I don't think so.
Do you have a flashlight?
Yeah, in the glove compartment.
What are you gonna do?
Just take a look around.
You better go home.
How are you gonna get in?
I used to do this for a living.
I'd feel a whole
lot better about this
if you'd go home.
Go home.
You're gonna fry, motherfucker.
Requesting backup, over.
All right, hands
behind your back.
You have the right
to remain silent.
Anything you say can and
will be used against you
in a court of law.
I remember everyone
always thought
I was jealous of John.
That pissed me off.
I never...
I never thought I was.
There's an old saying.
Where's there's no jealousy,
there's no love.
Well, you've given
us quite a night.
Pendler's real
name is Jack Parmel
and he's confessed to the
killing of your brother.
He claims it was self-defense.
It's bullshit.
The blood on his medical
instruments you found
matches the last
victim, Denise Johnson.
Parmel claims he
gave her an abortion
and that's all.
He says your brother
must've killed her.
But we know that's a frame.
Six years ago in Ohio,
he was arrested for rape
and aggravated assault.
He skipped bail and disappeared.
We're arraigning
him this afternoon
on six counts of murder.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Your car is here
now, Miss Moscari.
If you like, I could
drive you home.
I can manage.
Thank you, though.
Good luck to you.
I hope to see you soon.
- Thank you, Sergeant.
- This way.
Are you sure these
are aerobic shoes?
Yeah, you could use
these for aerobics, sure.
Fine, I'll take these.
Good choice.
- Wanna wear 'em?
- Yeah, I think I will.
Goddamn it!
I need to talk to you.
- Richard.
- I need to talk to you.
Come in.
It's all right, Mother.
Go back to bed.
Let's go into my study.
I'm very upset that you've
come to my house, Richard.
It's very disrespectful to me.
It's very late at night,
you frightened my mother.
I'm still having the dreams.
I'm still having
the fucking dreams!
I think I know why
you're here, Richard.
You know Jack Pendler
isn't the Ripper.
He's right-handed
and he doesn't smoke.
I don't know, I-
I don't know.
I think you know who
the killer is, don't you?
Don't you?
No, I...
Something's not right.
I want you to hypnotize me.
Come on, hypnotize me.
All right, I want you
to relax in the chair.
Clear your mind.
Just concentrate
only on the light,
and listen carefully
to my voice.
Sergeant Gabriel?
Carlos Battera.
Open up, it's the police!
Open up in there!
Break it down!
Put your hands up!