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Ripperologist No. 50: November 2003


1. Yes, Virginia, there is a Jack the Ripper
Editorial by Eduardo Zinna
5. The Irish dimension of the Ripper saga
L Perry Curtis Jr on Jack, Ireland and the Irish
7. GLENN
The Adventures of Inspector Abberline Jr
10. Nikolay Vasiliev: The Ripper from Russia
A long overdue review by Stepan Poberowski of the life of this neglected suspect
14. Rumbiliana
What the world's favourite tour guide does to escape Jack
16. Why we will never forget Jack the Ripper
Anne Perry examines why interest in Jack is as high as ever
17. Dear Diary Shirley Harrison on The Inside Story, and how the story of the Diary has now crossed the Atlantic
20. New Ripper Letters
Three previously unpublished missives from the Divisional Order Book 5-9-1887 to 7-5-1889 kept at Bishopsgate Police Station
22. Swedish Elisabeth: Jack the Ripper's third victim
Birgitta Leufstadius and Ted Nye recount the history of Liz Stride
24. Jack the Ripper on DVD
Kim Newman casts a critical eye over three classic Ripper films
26. Jack a Knacker?
More intriguing questions thrown up by Rob Hills' research
27. In Search of the Duttons and Miss Hermione Dudley
Chris Scott scours the census returns for Dr Thomas Dutton
31. The Hero of Blackheath: the man who captured Charlie Peace
Bernard Brown reports how PC Edward Robinson inadvertantly caught one of the most infamous Victorian criminals
33. On the Crimebeat
Wilf Gregg on violent crime
34. I Beg To Report
All the news that fits to print. And sometimes not...
39. The Last Word
Wise words from Ripper Notes Editor Christopher-Michael DiGrazia

COVER ILLUSTRATION: Laird Cregar as Jack the Ripper in The Lodger.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: "Frankly, Jack the Ripper could have got a bounce out of the polls if you had two sets of presidential visits in this town over 48 hours." Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd remarking on Labour's eight point turnaround in recent Australian poll (The Age, 4 November).

We have endeavoured to credit photo copyright to known sources and apologise to any copyright holders we have overlooked.

We would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the following people in the production of this issue of Ripperologist: Paul Mallatratt (Superintendent & Registrar, East London Cemetery & Crematorium), Sharon Cockley, Andrew Spallek, Dr Kim D Reynolds, Research Editor for the Dictionary of National Biography, and Joanna Stevenson (Marketing Officer, Education Tate). Thank you!