Listen in as Jonathan Menges, a roundtable of co-hosts and special guests discuss topics related to the Whitechapel Murders, Jack the Ripper, Victorian British history, and whatever else suits their fancy. This free and loose discussion is sure to interest everyone involved in the 120 year long hunt for Jack the Ripper.
A list of all episodes is below. You can subscribe to this podcast using iTunes as well.
|18882016-Neil Bell & Adam Wood: A History of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage|
November 18th, 2016
Rippercast is privileged to bring to you Adam Wood and Neil Bell's talk 'A History of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage' from the 18882016 gathering in London on the 5th and 6th of November, 2016. These speakers are responsible for republishing Howard Vincent's Police Code 1889, the guide book of the Metropolitan Police during the Victorian era, and a share of the proceeds from this book, just as the original, go towards the Metropolitan and City Police Orphan's Fund.
The Slideshow that accompanied this talk can be downloaded here
For more information on the Fund visit
For a copy of the republished Howard Vincent's Police Code, 1889 visit
|18882016-John Malcolm: Sir Robert's Revelation-A Definitely Ascertained Fact or Another Dead End?|
November 15th, 2016
Rippercast is pleased to bring to you author John Malcolm's talk from the 18882016 gathering at the White Hart Pub in the East End of London, 5 & 6 November, 2016. His presentation is entitled 'Sir Robert's Revelation: A Definitely Ascertained Fact or Another Dead End?' Mr. Malcolm examines the history of Sir Robert Anderson's numerous comments that the identity of Jack the Ripper was known, that he was a Polish Jew, and caged in an asylum.
The Whitechapel Murders of 1888: A Subjective Look into the Mystery and Manipulation of a Victorian Tragedy can be read in it's entirety here
Episode artwork by Andrew Firth
|18882016-Neil Bell: Stories From H Division|
November 13th, 2016
We are pleased to be able to bring to you a selection of talks from the 1882016 gathering on the 5th & 6th of November, 2016. This presentation is by Neil R.A. Bell, the author of the book 'Capturing Jack the Ripper: In the Boots of a Bobby in Victorian London' with a talk entitled 'Stories from H Division.
Episode artwork by Andrew Firth
|18882016-Joanne Vigor-Mungovin on Joseph Merrick|
November 12th, 2016
Rippercast is privileged to bring to you a selection of talks from the 18882016 event held on the 5th & 6th of November, 2016. The following presentation is by historian and author Joanne Vigor-Mungovin, the author of the newly released book 'Joseph: The Life, Times and Places of the Elephant Man'. Episode artwork by Andrew Firth www.mangobooks.co.uk
|The Ripper's Haunts- An Interview with Michael Hawley|
October 9th, 2016
Rippercast welcomes Michael Hawley, author of 'The Ripper's Haunts', a new book about Jack the Ripper suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety. We cover a wide range of topics in this one-on-one interview including Tumblety's time in the Civil War, his reported hatred of women, and the likelihood that he was in fact 'Jack the Ripper'. http://www.sunburypress.com
|Whitechapel Society 1888 presents Clive Bloom: Dracula Meets the Ripper|
October 2nd, 2016
We bring to you the October 2016 speaker from the Whitechapel Society 1888 meeting in London. Professor Clive Bloom presents a talk focusing on the 1901 Icelandic version of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' which was largely rewritten by Valdemar Asumunsson and will be published for the first time in English this December under the title 'Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula', translated and annotated by Hans Corneel De Roos.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-David Thompson|
September 5th, 2016
The eighth and final speaker at the conference was the great-grandson of PC Ernest Thompson, the constable who discovered the body of Frances Coles in Swallow Gardens while on his very first beat, and who nine years later as murdered while on duty.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-Glenn Chandler|
September 5th, 2016
The seventh speaker was Glenn Chandler, the creator and writer of the detective drama 'Taggert' and author of the book 'The Sins of Jack Saul: The True Story of Dublin Jack and the Cleveland Street Scandal'.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-Ben Johnson|
September 5th, 2016
The sixth speaker was Ben Johnson, author of the book 'Charlie Peace: Murder, Mayhem and the Master of Disguise'.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-David Wickes|
September 5th, 2016
The fourth speaker, and final speaker on Day One, was David Wickes, the man responsible for bringing the classic Jack the Ripper television series to production. One starring Barlow and Watt (1973) and Michael Caine (1988).
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-Chris Payne|
September 5th, 2016
The third speaker on Day One was Chris Payne, author of the book 'The Chieftain: Victorian True Crime through the Eyes of a Scotland Yard Detective', about Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke and the 'Trial of the Detectives' of 1877.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-Maxim Jakubowski|
September 5th, 2016
The second speaker on Day One was Maxim Jakubowski, the editor of the classic 'Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper' and the newly released 'Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories'.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-Drew Gray|
September 5th, 2016
The first speaker of Day One at the conference was Drew Gray, author of the book 'London's Shadows: The Dark Side of the Victorian City'. Gray spoke on 'Policing Whitechapel: The Role of the Thames Police Court in the 1880s'.
|Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday Conference-Prof Clive Emsley|
September 5th, 2016
The first speaker for Day Two of the conference was Professor Clive Emsley, author of 'The Great British Bobby: A History of British Policing from the 18th Century to the Present'/
|Long Island Serial Killer: The Shannan Gilbert Autopsy Report|
August 21st, 2016
Rippercast welcomes researcher Robert Anderson to further discuss the Long Island Serial Killer case, this time bringing to our listeners new information that is contained in as-yet unreleased Suffolk County Medical Examiner's report on the death of Shannan Gilbert. As an added bonus following the main one-on-one interview we include another conversation Mr. Anderson was able to have with Forensic Crime Scene expert Dr. Charles Tumosa.
|Whitechapel Society 1888 presents Adam Wood-Swanson: A Year in the Casebook of a Victorian Detective|
August 12th, 2016
We are pleased to bring you Adam Wood's presentation at the August 2016 meeting of the Whitechapel Society 1888 entitled 'Swanson: A Year in the Casebook of a Victorian Detective'.
An enhanced version of this podcast with an embedded slideshow can be downloaded here
|The Forensic Time Machine-Looking Backwards: Charles Tumosa at Rippercon-Baltimore|
July 3rd, 2016
Rippercast brings you Prof. Charles Tumosa's presentation from Rippercon-Baltimore entitled 'The Forensic Time Machine-Looking Backwards'. Tumosa discusses modern day forensic document examination and how those techniques could (or could not) be applied to such items as the letters from 'Jack the Ripper' and the Maybrick Diary. He also touches on Patricia Cornwell's work on her preferred suspect, the artist Walter Sickert, during the Q&A portion of his talk.
|The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- Rippercon 2016|
June 12th, 2016
Picking up where we left off with the Rippercon: Jack the Ripper and True Crime Convention from Baltimore with 'The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle' presented by conference organizers Janis Wilson and Christopher T. George.
The slide show that accompanied this talk can be downloaded here
|Whitechapel Society 1888 presents William Beadle on Stinie Morrison and the Murder of Leon Beron|
June 5th, 2016
Whitechapel Society 1888's June 2016 Guest Speaker: William Beadle on Stinie Morrison and the Murder of Leon Beron.
|An Incident at Oak Beach: Ripperologists look at LISK|
May 22nd, 2016
Listen in as Robert Anderson presents Team Syphilis' examination of the Long Island Serial Killer case, followed by a 25 minute conversation about LISK with Prof. Charles Tumosa, a renowned forensic crime scene expert. Team Syphilis for this outing is Robert Anderson, Mark Ripper, Livia Trivia, Peter Whitby, Katja Nieder, Trevor Bond, Jon Lee Rees and Mike Flores. From Baltimore's 2016 Rippercon: Jack the Ripper and True Crime Conference.
The slide show that accompanied Team Syph's talk can be downloaded here
|Rippercon 2016: Jack the Ripper Suspect Panel|
May 16th, 2016
We continue our flood of recordings from the 2016 Rippercon: Baltimore Conference with Martin Fido, Robert Anderson and Michael Hawley and a panel discussion on Jack the Ripper Suspects.
|Dr. Francis Tumblety: Amongst the Best Suspects- Michael Hawley at Rippercon|
May 9th, 2016
Rippercast is continuing their release of the 2016 Rippercon -Jack the Ripper and True Crime Convention talks from Baltimore, Maryland with author and researcher Michael Hawley.
Dr. Francis Tumblety: Amongst the Best SuspectsMichael Hawley's excellent slide show presentation that accompanied his talk can be downloaded here.
|The Life and Times of the Yorkshire Ripper-Mikita Brottman at Rippercon|
May 1st, 2016
We are pleased to be able to bring to you the talks from Rippercon 2016, the Jack the Ripper and True Crime Convention, Baltimore 2016.
Mikita Brottman: The Life and Times of the Yorkshire Ripper.Ms Brottman's slide show that accompanied her talk can be downloaded here.
|Whitechapel Society 1888 presents Angela Buckley: Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders|
April 4th, 2016
We are pleased to be able to bring to you the Whitechapel Society 1888's guest speaker Angela Buckley, the author of the new book 'Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders'. Dyer, possibly the most prolific serial killer in British history, murdered infants placed into her care over several decades until her capture and execution in 1896.
Angela Buckley's website 'The Victorian Supersleuth'http://www.angelabuckleywriter.com
Made possible bywww.whitechapelsociety.com
The slide show from Ms Buckley's presentation can be downloaded here.
|Whitechapel Society 1888 presents Chris Jones: Bruce & Florence: Busting the Conspiracy|
February 8th, 2016
We are pleased to be able to bring to you the guest speaker for the February meeting of the Whitechapel Society 1888-Chris Jones with 'Bruce & Florence: Busting the Conspiracy', in which Chris gives us his take of the Bruce Robinson book 'They All Love Jack' and takes questions from the audience. Chris Jones is the author of the Maybrick A-Z and manages the website jamesmaybrick.org.
|Whitechapel Society 1888 presents Neil Storey: East End Tales of Ghosts, Grim Times & Dark Deeds|
January 18th, 2016
Listen in to the guest speaker at the Whitechapel Society 1888's December 2015 meeting: Neil Storey with 'East End Tales of Ghosts, Grim times and Dark Deeds'.
Podcast artwork photograph courtesy of Andrew Firth
|Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium-Adam Wood|
December 30th, 2015
Listen in to the final speaker to appear at the Casebook:Classic Crime Symposium that took place at the Chamberlin Hotel in London on Saturday, December 5th, 2015. This event was organized by Frogg Moody and Time Zone Publishing's Casebook: Classic Crime, in conjunction with the Whitechapel Society. We are pleased to present Adam Wood-Donald Swanson and the Seaside Home. The slide show from Adam's talk can be downloaded here.
|Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium-Neil Bell|
December 27th, 2015
Neil Bell's ' Bluebottles & Tecs: Life as a policeman in H Division' was the third talk at the Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium that took place at the Chamberlin Hotel in London on Saturday, December 5th 2015. This event was organized by Frogg Moody and Time Zone Publishing's Casebook: Classic Crime in conjunction with the Whitechapel Society. All four talks will be presented in their entirety and uncut, and the accompanying slide presentations will be made available for download on the individual presentation's podcast page at Casebook.org. Download the slide presentation that accompanied this talk here
|Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium-Trevor Bond|
December 21st, 2015
Listen in to Trevor Bond's 'A Terrible Tale of 1888'- the second talk at the Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium that took place at the Chamberlin Hotel in London on Saturday, December 5th 2015. This event was organized by Frogg Moody and Time Zone Publishing's Casebook: Classic Crime in conjunction with the Whitechapel Society with Philip Hutchinson as the emcee. The slideshow that accompanied Trevor's talk can be downloaded here.
|Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium-Jon Lee Rees|
December 17th, 2015
We are very pleased to be able to bring to you the audio recordings of the Casebook: Classic Crime Symposium that took place at the Chamberlin Hotel in London on Saturday, December 5th 2015. This event was organized by Frogg Moody and Time Zone Publishing's Casebook: Classic Crime in conjunction with the Whitechapel Society with Philip Hutchinson as the emcee.
The first speaker at the event was Jon Lee Rees, whose talk 'In a Nutshell' A Close Look at the Life's Work of Frances Glessner Lee' examines the crime scene dioramas of this groundbreaking criminal investigator.
Jon's slide presentation can be downloaded here.
|Is Francis Thompson Jack the Ripper? One on one with Richard Patterson|
November 15th, 2015
Episode 68 is a one-on-one conversation with author Richard Patterson about the Jack the Ripper suspect candidacy of the late 19th century poet Francis Thompson. Thompson lived in the rough in the East End of London during the Autumn of Terror on a quest to find the prostitute who had left him, and carried with him a surgeon's knife. Hosted by Jonathan Menges
|They say I'm a doctor now. Ha ha.|
November 1st, 2015
Episode 67 of Rippercast welcomes Dr. Mark Curbishley taking part in a discussion of the possibility that the murderer of any one of the "Canonical" five victims may have had some type of surgical skill or training. In the later part of the show we address the worthiness of, and moral and ethical issues surrounding the human organ experiments conducted by author Trevor Marriott while researching his 2008 book 'The Evil Within'. With Jon Lee Rees, Jonathan Menges, Iain Wilson, Gareth Williams, Ally Ryder and Mark Ripper. Hosted by Trevor Bond.
|Oh, Dear Boss: 20 Sept. 2015|
September 27th, 2015
On this 'Oh, Dear Boss' mini-podcast, listen in as Iain Wilson, Trevor Bond and Jon Rees join host Jonathan Menges in a discussion of the Kray's movie 'Legend'; upcoming book releases, Jon Rees' play 'The Murders and Mystery of Jack the Ripper' and the 'Jack the Ripper' addition to the video game 'Assassin's Creed: Syndicate'.
|Episode 66: Sarah Wise's Gaslight Stories - Tales from the Victorian Lunatic Asylum|
September 7th, 2015
Rippercast is pleased to bring you author Sarah Wise's talk from the Whitechapel Society 1888 Conference in Salisbury from November of 2014- Gaslight Stories - Tales from the Victorian Lunatic Asylum. www.sarahwise.co.uk www.whitechapelsociety.com
|From Our Own Correspondents: Demolition in Whitechapel|
August 26th, 2015
Listen in as Rippercast's intrepid correspondents Jon Rees and Trevor Bond venture into the East End of London to provide us with on location reportage concerning the redevelopment of several Jack the Ripper related murder sites.
|The Real Mary Kelly with Wynne Weston-Davies|
August 15th, 2015
Episode 64 welcomes Wynne Weston-Davies to the podcast to discuss in detail his new book 'The Real Mary Kelly' in which he presents his theory that Mary Jane Kelly was in fact his Great-Aunt Elizabeth Weston-Davies and her murderer could have been her estranged husband Francis Spurzheim Craig. Joining Wynne in this discussion are authors Paul Begg and Robert McLaughlin. Hosted by Jonathan Menges http://www.blinkpublishing.co.uk/index.php/the-real-mary-kelly/
|Oh, Dear Boss...31 July, 2015|
July 31st, 2015
Oh, Dear Boss... Topics discussed on the maiden voyage of 'Oh, Dear Boss...', Ripper cast's mini-podcast news and views series: The Jack the Ripper Museum in Cable Street; Launch of the independent publisher Mango Books; Ripperologist Magazine/Rippercast book contest. Recorded 31 July, 2015 With Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man|
July 25th, 2015
Episode 63 welcomes Friends of Joseph Carey Merrick Chairperson and founder Jeanette Sitton to the show, along with historical researchers Philip Hutchinson and Neil Bell, to discuss the life and times of an individual that was perhaps the most famous resident of the East End of London during the time frame of the Whitechapel Murders: Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. Jeanette Sitton is also the co-author with Mae Stroshane of the essential Merrick biography 'Measured By The Soul'. Philip Hutchinson is the playwright and co-star of the Lucky Dog Theatre Production's play 'Mr. Merrick, The Elephant Man'. Neil R. A. Bell is the author of 'Capturing Jack the Ripper: In the Boots of a Bobby in Victorian London' as well as being responsible, along with Adam Wood, for the reissue of 'Howard Vincent's Police Code 1889'. This interview was conducted by Jonathan Menges.
|Capturing Jack the Ripper|
March 17th, 2015
Join Ally Ryder, Robert McLaughlin, Mark Ripper and Neil Bell as they discuss Neil's new book: Capturing Jack the Ripper: In the Boots of a Bobby in Victorian London.
|Episode 61 - Opening Pandora's Box: Syphilis in Whitechapel 1888 - Robert Anderson in Salisbury|
November 29th, 2014
This special episode of Rippercast brings to you researcher Robert Anderson's talk given at the Whitechapel Society 1888's 2014 conference in Salisbury. His chosen topic was tertiary syphilis and its widespread presence amongst the prostitutes and their clients in the East End of London in the late Victorian Period. He discussed its symptoms, treatments, and how it may have affected victims and suspects in the Autumn of Terror.
Robert's slide presentation, referred to in the podcast, can be downloaded here.
|Current Events and the Conference in Salisbury|
November 22nd, 2014
Ally Ryder, Jonathan Menges, Jon Rees, Trevor Bond, Neil Bell and Mark Ripper chat about the Russell Edwards DNA controversy and the conference in Salisbury.
|The Bank Holiday Murders: One on one with Tom Wescott|
March 30th, 2014
Rippercast welcomes researcher and author Tom Wescott to the show for an in depth discussion of his book 'The Bank Holiday Murders-The True Story of the First Whitechapel Murders'. He details his over-decade long history in researching the Whitechapel Murders; the books, authors and researchers who have most influenced him in his study of the case; and addresses what he believes is the current state of Ripperology and what we can look forward to from him as he continues to write about the personages who populated East London in 1888.
|Primer Podcast - Victims |
September 1st, 2013
This Primer episode of the Rippercast focuses on the lives of the Victims. Neal and Jennifer Shelden provide us with brief biographies on the lives of the Canonical victims of Jack the Ripper.
|Police Primer Episode|
July 27th, 2013
This is a special episode of the Rippercast that is meant to serve as a primer for those new to the case in order to familiarize them with the practices and people who made up the police force of London during the "Autumn of Terror"
|Episode 52: The Conference in York|
October 21st, 2012
This podcast is a roundtable discussion of the various lectures and events that took place at the 2012 Jack the Ripper conference in York. Hosted by Ally Ryder with special guests including Neil Bell, Melanie Clegg, Rob House, Neil Storey, Trevor Bond, and Mark Ripper.
|Ep. 51-The Blind Man's Bluff|
February 28th, 2012
This episode of Rippercast welcomes Martin Fido, Chris George, Robert McLaughlin, Mike Covell, Ally Ryder and special guest David Lindblad-host of the podcast Fist Full of Podcast and author of the book Found Manuscript. Panel discussions include the Aberconway version of the Macnaghten Memoranda, the Goulston Street Graffito, the behavior of serial killers when it comes to lapses between murders, suspects such as Kosminski, Kaminski, Cohen, Joseph Lis (Silver). and so much more.
|Frances Coles: A Conversation with Trevor Bond|
April 17th, 2011
Episode 50 of Rippercast welcomes Trevor Bond to the show to discuss the February 1891 murder of Frances Coles in Swallow Gardens. As well as hearing in detail the events surrounding her murder and the acquittal of Thomas Sadler, Trevor gives a brief review of the Keefe book 'Carroty Nell' as well as informs us about the upcoming Cardiff Job mini-conference to be held in the summer of 2011. With Robert McLaughlin and Howard Brown
|One on One with Simon Wood|
April 27th, 2010
This episode welcomes author and researcher Simon Wood for a special one-on-one interview. We discuss his background in Ripper studies that stretches back to the mid-1970s, his examination and critique of the Stephen Knight 'Final Solution', publishing 'The Bloodhound' true crime magazine in the 1980s, and hear his unique and always interesting opinions on the murder victims, police officials, and political circumstances of the Whitechapel murders.
|Mary Pearcey and 'Jill the Ripper'|
February 15th, 2010
This Episode welcomes author and researcher Sarah Beth Hopton for a discussion of the 1890 murder of Phoebe Hogg and her infant child; a crime comitted by Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey, who has often been suggested as "Jill the Ripper". Listen in as we discuss the Pearcey murder case, her life, trial and execution, as well as talk about the widely disregarded theory that she somehow could have been involved in the Whitechapel murders. Also covered are the roles of police and medical men who were involved in both the Ripper and Pearcey investigations. Special guests joining Sarah Beth Hopton on this episode are Martin Fido and Robert McLaughlin. www.sarahbethhopton.com
|2009: Year in Review|
January 10th, 2010
This Episode of Rippercast recaps the year of 2009 in East End and Jack the Ripper Studies. Listen in as we discuss the books, movies, television shows and documentaries of the past year, as well as chat about the 2009 UK Jack the Ripper conference held in London in October. Featuring the voices of John Bennett, Mike Covell and Robert McLaughlin.
|The Non-Canonical Victims: Part Two|
December 13th, 2009
This episode is part two of our two part look at the possible non-canonical victims of Jack the Ripper. Listen in as the first half-hour of the show finds our guests commenting on the statements made by the participants on part one, as well as discussing how Jack the Ripper may fit in with the behavior patterns of more modern day serial killers. Then we examine the assaults and murders that occurred outside of the Magnaghten Five. Featuring the voices of Chris Scott, John Bennett, Ben Holme and Jonathan Menges.
|One on One with Stewart P. Evans|
September 28th, 2009
This episode of Rippercast welcomes Ripper author, researcher and collector Stewart P. Evans for a one-on-one podcast with Jonathan Menges. Listen in as Mr. Evans shares his insight on Jack the Ripper suspect theory, contemporary police officials, collecting true-crime ephemera, , Ripper documents, and his opinions on other non-Ripper criminal cases that are of interest to this distinguished author.
|The Non-Canonical Victims: Part One|
June 10th, 2009
This episode of Rippercast is part one of a two part discussion focusing on East End murders popularly excluded from the official tally of Ripper victims- The 'Non-Canonicals'. Among some of the topics in this first part: we speculate on what Jack the Ripper's early crimes and attacks might have been, what type of weapons were used in the early non-C5 assaults, and whether any of these reported attacks and murders prior to the death of Mary Ann Nichols could be attributed to the 'Jack the Ripper'. With AP Wolf, John Bennett, Gareth Williams and Ally Ryder.
|Wandering in the East End 1888 with Philip Hutchinson and John Bennett|
May 24th, 2009
Episode #45 of Rippercast welcomes authors, historians and tour guides John Bennett and Philip Hutchinson back to the podcast to discuss the urban landscape surrounding Whitechapel murder sites. We cover all of the canonical victims murder site locales, most of the non-canonical victims sites and a few other locations related to the Jack the Ripper murders.
|One-on-One with Andrew Cook|
May 16th, 2009
This special One-on-One episode is a conversation with author Andrew Cook. Mr. Cook is the author of biographies of Sidney Reilly, Rasputin, William Melville and Prince Eddy whose newest book 'Jack the Ripper' was published in May of 2009 and has an associated television documentary airing in June.
|The Chapman-Ripper Theory: With R. Michael Gordon|
April 6th, 2009
Episode #44 of Rippercast welcomes author R. Michael Gordon to the podcast to discuss the 'Jack the Ripper'suspect candidacy of Severino Klosowski aka George Chapman, the Borough Poisoner. Amongst the many topics we cover are questions concerning the date of Klosowski's arrival in the UK, where he resided in London at various times, as well as the chances that he is responsible for not only the Whitechapel murders, but also the Thames Torso murders and a string of American murders including that of Carrie Brown. With Steve Mateski, David Gates, Gareth Willaims and Ben Holme. www.mcrfarlandpub.com
|The Royal Conspiracy A-Go-Go|
March 24th, 2009
Episode #43 of Rippercast is an in-depth examination of the Royal Masonic Conspiracy theory. Listen in as we trace this most popular, and most questionable of suspect theories back to its origins in the decades immediately following the Whitechapel murders. The panel goes on to discuss many of its additions and mutations over the last century by such writers as Thomas Stowell, Michael Harrison, Stephen Knight, Jean Overton Fuller and Melvyn Fairclough. We also ponder the reasons why the Royal Conspiracy theory holds such a sensational place in popluar culture, and discuss the general role conspiracy theories play in the public's imagination. With Simon Wood, Willaim Ellis, Chris Scott, John Bennett, Gareth Williams, Ben Holme and Ally Ryder.
|The Ripper in Ramsgate with Chris Scott|
March 9th, 2009
Author and researcher Chris Scott joins the show as the special guest to discuss his latest book 'The Ripper in Ramsgate: The Whitechapel Murderer and a Seaside Town'. Chris Scott describes Ramsgate, Kent and its connections to the Whitechapel Murders through a Lodger tale, Joseph Fleming, Aaron Kosminski and Walter Sickert. As well as covering these aspects of his book, Chris gives advice to researchers, and explains his approach to non-suspect based Ripperology. With Gareth Williams, Mike Covell, Ben Holme and Howard Brown. Thanet Books www.michaelsbookshop.com
|Another Fiendish Crime: The Murder of Annie Chapman|
March 2nd, 2009
Episode #41 covers the life and death of Annie Chapman, who is considered the second canonical victim of 'Jack the Ripper'. Listen in as the panelists discuss the discrepancies between the witness testimonies and the attending doctor's estimated time of death, and also hear their opinions on the medical knowledge of the murderer, and how long it would have taken him to commit this crime. We also contrast the Chapman murder with others in this series, as well as discuss the effect this murder had on Chapman's family, both immediately after the murder and through subsequent generations. With Chris Scott, John Bennett, Gareth Williams, Ben Holme and Ally Ryder.
|In the Footsteps of the Ripper: with Richard Jones and Discovery Tours|
February 9th, 2009
Episode #40 of Rippercast welcomes author and founder of Discovery Tours Richard Jones. Joining Richard to discuss the Ripper Walks industry are two of his tour guides- Philip Hutchinson and John Bennett. Listen in as Richard, Philip and John talk about their experiences conducting tours of the Whitechapel murder sites in the East End of London. We also find out from Richard some of what is involved in hiring guides and planning and booking tour groups. Plus, we hear from the tour guides themselves their review of the Ripper guide portrayed in the ITV show Whitechapel. With co-host Ally Ryder. www.rippertour.com www.discovery-walks.com
|A Diseased and Vile Creature: Thomas Cutbush|
February 2nd, 2009
Rippercast welcomes author and researcher A.P. Wolf to the show to discuss Whitechapel Murder suspect Thomas Cutbush. First named as the Ripper in a series of articles that appeared in The Sun in 1894 which prompted Melville Macnaughten to compose his Memoranda, Cutbush is an often overlooked and under-studied near contemporary suspect. We discuss his possible relationship to Superintendent Charles Cutbush, the facts behind the Sun articles, his committal to Broadmoor, and the Broadmoor case files on Cutbush which have recently been made public. With Paul Begg, Howard Brown and Ally Ryder.
|Killers On The Loose: Eliminating the Suspects|
January 12th, 2009
This episode of Rippercast is a survey of suspects named as the Whitechapel murderer with a view towards their elimination. Our panel tackles the pop-suspects of the Royal Conspiracy, Walter Sickert and James Maybrick, the more absurd suspects like Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carrol, as well as the contemporary police suspects and other individuals accused of being 'Jack the Ripper'. We also give our choices of who should not be cleared of the crime and share our philosophies on whether or not people accused of an "unsolvable" crime should be rehabilitated. With Chris Scott, Howard Brown, Gareth Williams, Ben Holme, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|2008: Year In Review|
January 3rd, 2009
This episode reviews the literature, photographic finds and other happenings that made 2008 an exciting year in Ripperology. Listen in as Howard Brown from www.jtrforums.com, Mike Covell, Ben Holme and Gareth Williams join Jonathan Menges for this special 'Year in Review' episode of the Jack the Ripper podcast.
|Re-Investigating The Ripper: A Conversation with Trevor Marriott|
December 15th, 2008
Rippercast welcomes to the podcast Trevor Marriott, author of the books Jack the Ripper- The 21st Century Investigation and The Evil Within- The World's Worst Serial Kilers. Listen in as we discuss with Mr. Marriott the possibility that the Ripper was a merchant seaman, and he provides details about his suspect for the Whitechapel Murders, Carl Feigenbaum. We also discuss with Trevor some of the more controversial aspects of his theories that claim to correct misconceptions that have surround the case.
|Young Druitt at Winchester - With Andrew Spallek|
December 8th, 2008
This Episode of Rippercast welcomes back author and researcher Andy Spallek to discuss Ripper suspect Montague John Druitt. Mr. Spallek details his trip to England where he was able to search the archives of Winchester College, uncovering new photographs and information on Monty's younger years as a student at Winchester. We also discuss Monty's fellow student debator who later helped found the People's Palace in the East End. With Ally Ryder, Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Menges
|Hutchinson, Will You Lend Me Sixpence?|
November 24th, 2008
This episode of Rippercast is a discussion about the man who was said to have witnessed Mary Jane Kelly a short time before her death in the company of a well-dressed Jewish man. George Hutchinson is a controversial figure in the events surrounding the murder of Mary Kelly. Some believe this man, who provided the police a detailed description of the last man seen with Kelly, was himself 'Jack the Ripper'. With Ben Holme, Gareth Williams, Chris Scott, Howard Brown, Robert McLaughlin, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|The Life and Death of Mary Jane Kelly: Part 2|
November 18th, 2008
Episode 33 is the second of a two part series examining the life and death of Mary Jane Kelly. Part 2 focuses on the myths and legends surrounding her life and murder. Simon Wood joins the podcast to discuss such topics as Mary Kelly's survival, Mary Kelly's pregnancy, the missing key and her missing heart. Also featuring Paul Begg, Robert McLaughlin, Chris Scott, John Bennett, Ben Holme, Gareth Williams and Jonathan Menges
|The Life and Death of Mary Jane Kelly: Part 1|
November 10th, 2008
This episode of Rippercast commemorates the 120th anniversary of the death of Mary Jane Kelly. Part one of a two part podcast. Listen in as Paul Begg, Chris Scott, Robert McLaughlin, Gareth Williams and Ben Holme join Jonathan Menges in a discussion of this most famous, and most elusive, of 'Jack the Ripper's' victims. Topics include researching Mary Jane Kelly in the census records in both England and Wales, and scrutinizing the biography of Mary Kelly as it was told by Joseph Barnett and others.
|Scene Of A Crime: The Dutfields Yard Photograph|
October 27th, 2008
Author, researcher and tour guide Philip Hutchinson joins the show to discuss his acquisition of the first photograph to surface of Dutfields Yard, Berner Street, Whitechapel. The scene of the 30 Sept. murder of Elizabeth Stride. Three of the many individuals who consulted Mr. Hutchinson on the identification of the photograph- Robert Clack, John Bennett and Robert McLaughlin, also appear to talk about the purchase, verification and relevance of this photo, as well as the mystery behind who took the picture of what is the final crime scene photograph from the Ripper murders to emerge. Also featuring Chris Scott, Mike Covell, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|A Clue in Whitechapel: The Goulston Street Graffito|
October 20th, 2008
This episode is a discussion of the obscure message left in chalk at the Wentworth Model Dwellings, Goulston Street, near a piece of Catherine Eddowes' blood soaked apron. What is the meaning of this message? Which is the most reliable version of the phrase and its spelling? Was it really chalked by 'Jack the Ripper' on his flight from Mitre Square? With Paul Begg, Howard Brown, Chris Scott, Gareth Williams, Robert McLaughlin, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|Reign of Terror: The Double Event|
October 7th, 2008
This episode tackles the events that occurred on the night of 29 September, 1888. The "double event", the murder of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, holds a legendary place in Ripper lore. But were they really victims of the same killer? Listen in as Paul Begg, Gareth Williams, Chris Scott, and Ally Ryder join host Jonathan Menges to discuss the 'Double Event' and decide for yourself if both of these women were felled by the blade of 'Jack the Ripper'.
|Kosminski Was The Suspect|
September 23rd, 2008
This episode is a discussion of contemporary police suspect 'Kosminski;. Listen in as special guest researcher and author Rob House joins the podcast for a detailed look into the Polish Jew's candidacy for the title of Jack the Ripper and the events of Aaron Kosminski's life. Also featuring Paul Begg, Chris Scott, Robert McLaughlin, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|A Practical Joker: The Letters of 'Jack the Ripper'|
September 15th, 2008
This episode is a discussion of the multitude of letters received by the press and the police claiming to be from 'Jack the Ripper' during the Autumn of Terror. Listen in as Jonathan Menges, Mike Covell, Ally Ryder, Chris Scott and Gareth Williams talk about this most notorious aspect of the Whitechapel murders.
|Dorset Street: The Worst Street In London|
September 3rd, 2008
This episode welcomes special guest, author Fiona Rule to discuss her book 'The Worst Street In London', a history of Dorset Street in Spitalfields. It was on this street where the Ripper's final victim, Mary Jane Kelly, lived and died. Rich in history, but poor for hundreds of years, Dorset Street is a unique, notorious, and now lost part of London's history. Joining the podcast as guest co-host is Coral Kelly from the Whitechapel Society. Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Menges also appear.
|Still Warm: The Murder of Mary Ann Nichols|
August 25th, 2008
This episode covers the 31 August murder of Mary Ann Nichols, who is widely considered to be the first victim of 'Jack the Ripper'. Listen in as Robert McLaughlin, Ally Ryder and Howard Brown join Jonathan Menges to discuss the murder of 'Polly' and all of the events surrounding the discovery of her body in Bucks Row. Later, researcher Chris Scott joins the podcast to add his input on this crime that popularly inaugurated the Autumn of Terror
|A Portrait Of Francis Tumblety|
August 18th, 2008
This episode of Rippercast welcomes researcher and author Tim Riordan to the show to discuss the life and times of Ripper suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety. Listen in as Mr. Riordan talks about his discovery of the first photograph to surface of the famous Indian Herb Doctor, as well as the highlights and low-lights of the colorful Doctor's life. Joining the podcast as co-host is Ally Ryder
|Watching the Detectives|
July 28th, 2008
This episode of Rippercast surveys the history of the Whitechapel Murders in documentaries. Listen in as Jonathan Menges and Mike Covell, joined by special guest, author Philip Hutchinson, discuss Jack the Ripper documentaries on video, DVD and television from 1959 to the present day.
|Blondes, Psychics and Abberline's Crutch|
July 14th, 2008
This episode of Rippercast welcomes Cindy Collins Smith, the talent behind www.hollywoodripper.com. Joining the show to discuss Jack the Ripper in the movies is Chris Scott, Ally Ryder, Mike Covell and Lavaughn Towell
|Jack in the Docks|
July 7th, 2008
This episode is a discussion of the 'Jack the Ripper and the East End' exhibition that was held at the Museum in the Docklands, London, from 15 May thru 2 November 2008. Special guests joining this episode are authors Jana Oliver, Philip Hutchinson and John Bennett. Hear their reviews and impressions of the exhibit as well as the coinciding lectures being hosted by the Docklands. Co-hosting this episode are Ally Ryder, Paul Begg, Mike Covell and Jonathan Menges
|The Ripper Scribes|
June 30th, 2008
This episode is a conversation featuring authors Martin Fido and Paul Begg. Author and researcher Chris Scott sits in as well as Prof. Lavaughn Towell. The discussion centers on Fido, Begg and Skinner's work on the updated book 'Jack the Ripper A-Z', and some challenges faced by authors and researchers when working on the Whitechapel murders. Ally Ryder, Robert McLaughlin, Mike Covell and Jonathan Menges co-host.
|The Case in Progress: with Chris Scott|
June 22nd, 2008
This episode welcomes researcher and author Chris Scott to the podcast. Mr. Scott, contributing editor of Ripperologist magazine, census researcher, press report archivist, and author of 'Will the Real Mary Kelly...?' discusses many aspects of the case. The subjects include his ongoing investigation and findings into the lives of those involved in the Autumn of Terror, his thoughts on the mystery of Mary Jane Kelly and her circle, as well as other histories of persons of interest in the Whitechapel Murders investigation. Joining this episode is Paul Begg, Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Menges
|The Gathering: The 2008 JtR Conference|
June 17th, 2008
Rippercast welcomes Kelly Robinson, organizer of the 2008 US Jack the Ripper conference. Ms. Robinson lets us know what to expect from this years biennial gathering taking place in Knoxville, TN. We hear about the guest speakers currently on tap, some social events that have taken place at past conferences and what the first-time conference attendee might expect. She also discusses what goes into the planning of this all important event for researchers and novices of the Whitechapel murders. With Robert McLaughlin, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|Pupils of the Abyss: With Prof. Lavaughn Towell|
June 8th, 2008
Rippercast welcomes Professor Lavaughn Towell from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to discuss his Seminar class on Jack the Ripper's London. Listen in as Paul Begg, Robert McLaughlin and Jonathan Menges talk with Prof. Towell about conducting a class on the Whitechapel murders in an American University, related aspects of the Victoria period that interest him, as well as other criminal cases and their lasting legacies in both the UK and the USA
|Anything But Your Prayers: The Murder of Elizabeth Stride|
June 1st, 2008
This episode of Rippercast focuses on the 30 September, 1888 murder of Elizabeth Stride. Was she really a victim of 'Jack the Ripper'? Or was her murder likely one of domestic violence? We discuss many aspects of this crime, its nature, its witnesses and suspects. Participating in this episode are Mike Covell, Robert McLaughlin, Ally Ryder and Jonathan Menges
|One on One with Stan Russo|
May 30th, 2008
In the first one-on-one episode, Jonathan Menges discusses the case with author Stan Russo. Listen in as Mr. Russo details his theory on who were responsible for the Whitechapel Murders.
|Paul Begg: A to Z|
May 25th, 2008
Join us as author Paul Begg, author, researcher and sometime co-host of Rippercast, switches hats and sits in the special guest chair. During this episode Paul discusses his authorship of 'The Uncensored Facts', 'The Definitive History', and his ongoing work with his co-authors on the 'A-Z'. Mr. Begg also answers questions about Anderson's suspect, Swanson's Kosminski, the Docklands exhibition, Patricia Cornwell, and Cornwell's collaboration with researcher Keith Skinner. Robert McLaughlin and Ally Ryder joined Jonathan Menges for this episode of Rippercast
|The Song and Dance Man: Frogg Moody|
May 18th, 2008
Frogg Moody from the Whitechapel Society 1888 joins us as the special guest for this episode of Rippercast. Listen in as Frogg discusses, amongst many things, the history of the Whitechapel Society, the old days of the Cloak and Dagger Club, the early years of Ripperologist Magazine and the ongoing as well as future publishing and societal activities of the WS 1888. This podcast episode also features Paul Begg, Stan Russo, Ally Ryder, Robert McLaughlin, Mike Covell and Jonathan Menges
|Mitre Square Revisited: With Neil Bell|
May 11th, 2008
Rippercast welcomes author and researcher Neil Bell to discuss the 30 September 1888 murder of Catherine Eddowes. Topics surrounding this most brutal murder and covered on this episode include the organ removal, depositing of the apron, the Goulston Street Graffito, the Lusk Letter and kidney as well as the 'Saucy Jack' postcard. Plus, Neil talks about the presentation he gave about this murder at the 2007 UK Ripper Conference that took place in Catherine Eddowes' hometown of Wolverhampton. Special co-host Jana Oliver
|The East Ender: John Bennett|
May 7th, 2008
Rippercast welcomes photographer, researcher and author John Bennett. John discusses his upcoming book 'E1- A Journey through Whitechapel and Spitalfields', and his 20 year long history of photographing sites in the East End of London. He talk with us as well of London Jobs, rediscovered photographs, the Casebook Photo Archive, and a visit with the 17 September 'Jack the Ripper' letter.
|The Police, the Jews and Jack the Ripper: with Martin Fido|
April 27th, 2008
This episode welcomes Martin Fido. Dr. Fido is an established expert on true crime and 'Jack the Ripper', being co-author of the A-Z and author of 'The Crimes, Detection and Death of Jack the Ripper'. On this program Martin discusses his theory of suspect David Cohen, gives us news about the upcoming revised A-Z, and answers questions on many other Ripper-related topics.
|He is Not Dead but Liveth: The Thames Torso Murders|
April 20th, 2008
This episode of Rippercast welcomes researcher and authoe Debra Arif to discuss the London Thames Torso Murders of 1887-1889. Our conversation covers the Thames and Regent's canal vicim, The Whitehall Mystery, the Pinchin Street Torso and the murder and dismemberment of Elizabeth Jackson. All of these crimes are, like the Ripper murders, unsolved. Theories are presented and questions are answered on this special episode about an often overlooked and understudied aspect of the Whitechapel murders.
|Is the Solution at Hand? With Stan Russo|
April 13th, 2008
This episode features special guest, author Stan Russo. Mr. Russo talks about his views on researching Jack the Ripper, suspect theorizing, and why he likes the movie 'From Hell'. We also discuss Walter Sickert, J.K. Stephen, and the merits of a variety of named suspects.
|The Medium is the Message: with Stephen P. Ryder|
April 6th, 2008
This episode welcomes special guest Stephen P. Ryder, the founder and editor of the research website Casebook: Jack the Ripper. Listen in as we hear about the history of the Casebook website, the press project, blog, and many other projects and contributions Stephen Ryder has made in the field of Ripperology and Victorian British history preservation. With Paul Begg and Andy Spallek.
|The Tour Guide From Hell: Philip Hutchinson|
March 30th, 2008
Special Guest Philip Hutchinson appears for this episode of the podcast. Listen in as we talk with Philip about such topics as Jack the Ripper walks, Ghost Stories from Whitechapel, East End building preservation, and his new book 'The London of Jack the Ripper: Then and Now', co-authored with Robert Clack.
|A Perfect Savage: The Murder of Martha Tabram|
March 24th, 2008
In this episode we discuss the 7 August 1888 murder of 39 year-old Martha Tabram. Her status as a victim of 'Jack the Ripper' is still a subject of debate 120 years after her death. Was she really out with 'Pearly Poll' that night? Did the killer use two weapons? Is she a victim of the Whitechapel murderer, and why does it matter? With Howard Brown, Mike Covell, Robert Mclaughlin and Jonathan Menges
|The Barrister of Bright Talent: Montague John Druitt|
March 8th, 2008
Special guest, writer and researcher Andrew Spallek joins the Rippercast for a discussion of CID Chief Melville Macnaghten's leading suspect Montague Druitt. Andy discusses his discovery of the West of England MP whom is believed to have been the source of Macnaghten's private information fingering the barrister and former teacher as the Whitechapel Murderer.
|Sour Grapes: Myths from the Whitechapel Murders|
March 2nd, 2008
Special guest, Ripper Notes editor Dan Norder joins us for a discussion of the myths and misconceptions that surround the Whitechapel murders. We address the contemporary press' role in feeding misinformation to a public hungry for details, and how these myths have trickled down to the present day, as well as authors who fell victim to the urge to create myths in order to bolster their suspect's status as the Ripper.
|The Final Cut- The Whitechapel Murders in Radio, Film and Television|
February 24th, 2008
The Final Cut- The Whitechapel Murders in Radio, Film and Television This episode covers the highlights and low-lights of 100 years worth of Whitechapel murder depictions in the popular mediums of Film, Radio and Television. Special guest, aspiring filmmaker Justin Dombrowski discusses with us Jack the Ripper portrayals of the past, and what the future may hold for utilizing the Whitechapel murders as the subject matter for popular entertainment.
|Capturing the Victims: Photography and the Whitechapel Murders|
February 24th, 2008
Special guest Robert McLaughlin joins the show to discuss the mortuary and crime scene photographs detailing the murder victims of 'Jack the Ripper'. McLaughlin is the author of the immensely popular book 'The First Jack the Ripper Victim Photographs' and is an expert on the Whitechapel murders as well as the history of mortuary and crime scene photography in the Late Victorian period. In this episode, we discuss with him the work of Joseph Martin, the man who photographed the majority of the victims during London's Autumn of Terror.
|Sudden Death: Robert Donston Stephenson|
February 17th, 2008
This, the first episode of Rippercast, covers the tale of suspect Robert Donston Stephenson. With Stephenson expert Howard Brown and researcher Mike Covell. Black magician? Murderer of women? A man unable to scale the fence at the London Hospital? Listen in to this warts-and-all maiden episode of the Jack the Ripper podcast.