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Ripperologist No. 67: May 2006


Features


Return to Millers Court
Simon D Wood probes deeper into what truly happened in a small, sordid room off Dorset Street as the Lord Mayor’s Show brightened up the streets of London.

The Curse Upon Mitre Square
Cindy Collins Smith rediscovers an early exploitation thriller putting forward the ghost of a mad monk as the Whitechapel murderer and celebrates the unexpected insight it affords into the mindset of the Ripper’s contemporaries.

The Green of the Peak Part V: Samuel Frederick Langham (1823-1908): Down Golden Lane: 1884-1908
Robert Charles Linford, John Savage and David O’Flaherty continue their monumental history of the office of Coroner in England and Wales with a look at the late career of the seasoned veteran who presided over the inquest of Catherine Eddowes.

A Memory of Mary Ann Nichols
Neal Stubbings recounts how for a few days in April he escorted Maureen Adamson, the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Ann Nichols, to the London places where her ancestor was born, lived and died.

Plus, in the Ripperologist Interview, Mary Ann Nichols’s descendant talks about her search for her unknown ancestor.


Regulars


CyberJack
The spirit of Website Monty guides us through the best Ripper sites in the Internet and keeps his column alive while his flesh takes some well-deserved time off.

Press Trawl
Chris Scott dusts off old newspapers reports on murders, suspects, knives, bloodstains and public officials.

I Beg to Report
British Murderers, German Cannibals, the London Stone, a female Ripper suspect and the last living contemporary of the Whitechapel Murderer: If it happened, you will find it here.

Dear Diary
New offerings for everybody from the Ripperati to the couch potatoes.

Dear Rip
Bob Hinton writes to Ripperologist to clarify his views on the question of self-publishing and the vanity press.

On the Crimebeat
Wilf Gregg reviews the best in murder, mayhem, dastardly deeds and frill-free thrills.

Reviews
This month’s new attractions, including Public Reactions to Jack the Ripper: Letters to the Editor: August-December 1888, by Stephen P Ryder, Revelations of the True Ripper, by Vanessa A Hayes, Ripper Suspect: The Secret Lives of Montague J Druitt, by D J Leighton, and the television productions of See No Evil: The Moors Murders and The Ripper Hoaxer: Wearside Jack.

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

The Last Word
Christopher-Michael DiGrazia on Zion City Ill., flat-earth cultists, oysters, lipstick, life insurance and - Jack the Ripper.

In Future Issues
And finally, we announce the contents of coming Rip issues - so you can better organise your life round them.

We would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the following people in the production of this issue of Ripperologist: Maureen Adamson, Andy Aliffe, Howard Brown and Tim Mosley. Thank you!

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