A Review of Prisoner 4374 by A.J. Griffiths-Jones Make no mistake. Thomas Neill Cream was a rake, a scoundrel, and ultimately a murderer. But was he Jack the Ripper? Author A.J. Griffiths-Jones presents an accurately researched account of the life of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, perpetrator of the Lambeth Poisoning murders and Ripper suspect. Cream came to prominence as a Ripper suspect after the … [Read more...] about The Lambeth Poisoner has His Say
Few fictional documents dare to enter the skull of Saucy Jacky himself. They prefer to trot along on the periphery, showing us all the historical evidence we’ve seen time and time again from the same outsider perspective. Stephen Hunter, with I, Ripper, has taken all of the evidence and shown us how the murders may have happened from the Ripper’s perspective. He holds nothing back, down to … [Read more...] about Media and Mayhem: A Review of I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
A Review of "Naming Jack the Ripper" by Russell Edwards My first feeling when I saw the news in September 2014 about Russell Edwards “solving” the Jack the Ripper case was a sick sense of disappointment. Inside I think most of us are averse to the idea of the Ripper case closing. There’s obviously a whole industry and subculture built around the case remaining shrouded in mystique. Also, I had … [Read more...] about Struggling with Certainty
Many people, upon hearing that they are the progeny of a mass-murderer, bury this fact and shy away from it as much as possible. Jeff Mudgett, a lawyer and former Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, instead takes his direct lineage to one of history’s most notorious killers and runs with it. He also has taken his crusade everywhere from TED to the printed page to prove that his relative was, in … [Read more...] about Was H.H. Holmes Jack the Ripper?
Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten Victims by Paul Begg & John Bennett Yale University Press (March 1, 2014) There are at least four or five victims that we can (mostly) agree were killed by the phantom we know as Jack the Ripper. What, however, of the contested victims like Frances Coles and Emma Smith? Or indirect victims such as Mary Burridge, a Whitechapel woman who died of a stress … [Read more...] about “Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten Victims”