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Unmasking Jack the Ripper
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Rippercast: The Whitechapel Murders Podcast

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.

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The Bank Holiday Murders: One on one with Tom Wescott
March 30th, 2014
Duration: 02:46:46

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.

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Primer Podcast - Victims
September 1st, 2013
Duration: 00:38:90

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.

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Police Primer Episode
July 27th, 2013
Duration: 01:19:12

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"

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Episode 52: The Conference in York
October 21st, 2012
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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.

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Ep. 51-The Blind Man's Bluff
February 28th, 2012
Duration: 01:34:08

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.

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Frances Coles: A Conversation with Trevor Bond
April 17th, 2011
Duration: 00:55:16

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

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One on One with Simon Wood
April 27th, 2010
Duration: 01:04:07

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.

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Mary Pearcey and 'Jill the Ripper'
February 15th, 2010
Duration: 01:19:34

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

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2009: Year in Review
January 10th, 2010
Duration: 01:25:35

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.

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The Non-Canonical Victims: Part Two
December 13th, 2009
Duration: 01:35:05

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.

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One on One with Stewart P. Evans
September 28th, 2009
Duration: 01:06:57

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.

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The Non-Canonical Victims: Part One
June 10th, 2009
Duration: 01:15:46

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.

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Wandering in the East End 1888 with Philip Hutchinson and John Bennett
May 24th, 2009
Duration: 01:26:37

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.

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One-on-One with Andrew Cook
May 16th, 2009
Duration: 00:47:48

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.

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The Chapman-Ripper Theory: With R. Michael Gordon
April 6th, 2009
Duration: 01:44:21

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

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The Royal Conspiracy A-Go-Go
March 24th, 2009
Duration: 01:44:59

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.

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The Ripper in Ramsgate with Chris Scott
March 9th, 2009
Duration: 01:23:55

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

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Another Fiendish Crime: The Murder of Annie Chapman
March 2nd, 2009
Duration: 01:23:17

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.

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In the Footsteps of the Ripper: with Richard Jones and Discovery Tours
February 9th, 2009
Duration: 01:22:31

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

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A Diseased and Vile Creature: Thomas Cutbush
February 2nd, 2009
Duration: 01:26:45

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.

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Killers On The Loose: Eliminating the Suspects
January 12th, 2009
Duration: 01:09:44

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

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2008: Year In Review
January 3rd, 2009
Duration: 00:59:15

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.

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Re-Investigating The Ripper: A Conversation with Trevor Marriott
December 15th, 2008
Duration: 01:39:48

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.

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Young Druitt at Winchester - With Andrew Spallek
December 8th, 2008
Duration: 01:01:47

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

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Hutchinson, Will You Lend Me Sixpence?
November 24th, 2008
Duration: 01:35:29

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

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The Life and Death of Mary Jane Kelly: Part 2
November 18th, 2008
Duration: 01:38:34

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

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The Life and Death of Mary Jane Kelly: Part 1
November 10th, 2008
Duration: 01:35:52

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.

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Scene Of A Crime: The Dutfields Yard Photograph
October 27th, 2008
Duration: 01:03:05

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

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A Clue in Whitechapel: The Goulston Street Graffito
October 20th, 2008
Duration: 01:19:43

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

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Reign of Terror: The Double Event
October 7th, 2008
Duration: 01:36:23

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'.

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Kosminski Was The Suspect
September 23rd, 2008
Duration: 01:50:39

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

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A Practical Joker: The Letters of 'Jack the Ripper'
September 15th, 2008
Duration: 01:38:21

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.

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Dorset Street: The Worst Street In London
September 3rd, 2008
Duration: 01:06:32

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.

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Still Warm: The Murder of Mary Ann Nichols
August 25th, 2008
Duration: 01:27:37

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

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A Portrait Of Francis Tumblety
August 18th, 2008
Duration: 01:56:59

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

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Watching the Detectives
July 28th, 2008
Duration: 01:16:50

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.

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Blondes, Psychics and Abberline's Crutch
July 14th, 2008
Duration: 01:31:21

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

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Jack in the Docks
July 7th, 2008
Duration: 01:23:46

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

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The Ripper Scribes
June 30th, 2008
Duration: 01:47:22

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.

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The Case in Progress: with Chris Scott
June 22nd, 2008
Duration: 02:19:31

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

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The Gathering: The 2008 JtR Conference
June 17th, 2008
Duration: 00:52:40

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

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Pupils of the Abyss: With Prof. Lavaughn Towell
June 8th, 2008
Duration: 01:17:49

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

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Anything But Your Prayers: The Murder of Elizabeth Stride
June 1st, 2008
Duration: 01:21:46

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

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One on One with Stan Russo
May 30th, 2008
Duration: 01:18:57

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.

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Paul Begg: A to Z
May 25th, 2008
Duration: 01:22:10

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

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The Song and Dance Man: Frogg Moody
May 18th, 2008
Duration: 01:05:44

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

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Mitre Square Revisited: With Neil Bell
May 11th, 2008
Duration: 01:14:32

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

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The East Ender: John Bennett
May 7th, 2008
Duration: 00:57:28

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.

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The Police, the Jews and Jack the Ripper: with Martin Fido
April 27th, 2008
Duration: 01:17:46

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.

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He is Not Dead but Liveth: The Thames Torso Murders
April 20th, 2008
Duration: 01:13:29

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.

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Is the Solution at Hand? With Stan Russo
April 13th, 2008
Duration: 01:27:35

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.

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The Medium is the Message: with Stephen P. Ryder
April 6th, 2008
Duration: 01:23:07

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.

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The Tour Guide From Hell: Philip Hutchinson
March 30th, 2008
Duration: 01:09:10

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.

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A Perfect Savage: The Murder of Martha Tabram
March 24th, 2008
Duration: 01:13:06

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

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The Barrister of Bright Talent: Montague John Druitt
March 8th, 2008
Duration: 01:14:31

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.

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Sour Grapes: Myths from the Whitechapel Murders
March 2nd, 2008
Duration: 01:05:37

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.

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The Final Cut- The Whitechapel Murders in Radio, Film and Television
February 24th, 2008
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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.

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Capturing the Victims: Photography and the Whitechapel Murders
February 24th, 2008
Duration: 01:08:21

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.

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Sudden Death: Robert Donston Stephenson
February 17th, 2008
Duration: 01:20:01

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.

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