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Ripperologist No. 66: April 2006


Features


Anything but Your Prayers: Victims and Witnesses on the Night of the Double Event
Antonio Sironi and Jane Coram evoke a dark night long ago to size up eyewitness testimony and conjure up vivid images of future victims and their alleged killers.

The Green of the Peak Part IV: Samuel Frederick Langham (1823-1908): The Road to Mitre Square: 1823 - 1884.
Robert Charles Linford, John Savage and David O’Flaherty further enlarge our understanding of the office of Coroner in England and Wales as they chart the trajectory of the City of London Coroner who presided over the inquest on Catherine Eddowes.

Catalyst: Dr Findlay and the Ripper’s DNA
Nicholas Smith discusses the evolution of criminal identification from fingerprinting to the DNA analysis of Ripper relics.

Consider Yourself At Home: Ikey Solomon and the Real Artful Dodgers
Stephen Long considers the criminal children of nineteenth-century Britain and the men who benefited from their illicit skills.


Regular


East End Life: Read All About It. The Hunger for News and the Newsboy’s Debt
Adam Wood follows the newspaper vendors of Victorian London from West End to East End.

Cyber Jack
Website Monty does a virtual music-hall turn as he leads us through the best Ripper sites in the Internet.

Press Trawl
Chris Scott zeroes in on the criminal career of Frederick Deeming, world traveller, multiple murderer and Jack the Ripper suspect.

I Beg to Report
If it happened, you will find it here: everything from Uncle Jack to the Twilight Zone.

I Beg To Report: US Ripper Conference
Mr Howard Brown on the Ripperfest at Baltimore: from venue to menu.

Dear Diary: A Diary of Current Ripper Events
All Talking, All Singing, All Dancing.

Dear Rip
Howard Brown, Michaela Koøistová and Thomas C Wescott write to Ripperologist about ritual murder, grapes and sundry other subjects.

On the Crimebeat
Wilf Gregg celebrates three new additions to the True Crime shelf.

Reviews
This month’s new titles, including Ripperology by Robin Odell, The Yellow House by Martin Gayford and Prince Eddy: The King Britain Never Had by Andrew Cook.

Ripping Yarns
Books, Films, Television, CDs and DVDs: from Oldies but Goodies to Coming Attractions.

The Last Word
Christopher Michael-DiGrazia dispenses learned advice on things to do while waiting for the end of the world.

In Future Issues
A glimpse of what’s coming your way in the Rip’s pages.


We would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the following people in the production of this issue of Ripperologist: Jane Coram, Stewart P Evans, Dr Ian Findlay, Stephen P Ryder. Thank you!

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