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Ripperologist No. 72: October 2006


Features


Whitechapel Birdsong
From the white beaches in front of his Kenyan home, Eduardo Zinna returns with a guest editorial.

The Mysteries of Millers Court
Antonio Sironi takes a hard look at the conundrums of Room 13.

The True Face of Inspector Abberline?
Andy Aliffe examines the ‘Abberline’ photo and spots some famous faces.

Did the Ripper work for Pickfords?
Charles Cross was discovered by the body of Polly Nichols by Robert Paul; was he as innocent as is believed? Michael Conner investigates.

Harry Jonas and ‘the Highest in the Land’
John Savage charts the varied career of Joseph Sickert’s lifelong friend.

Obituary: Tom Bell, Actor
Christopher T George remembers the man who played Jack ‘the Hat’ McVities in The Krays movie.


Regulars


Press Trawl
Chris Scott returns with more nuggets from old newspapers, this time concentrating on Buck’s Row.

News and Views

I Beg to Report
From Dr Barnado to the Ulster Defence Association... if it happened, you’ll find it here.

I Beg to Report: The O’Donnell Manuscript
Howard Brown reveals how he obtained permission to publish the little-seen script on jtrforums.com

Dear Rip
Jenni Pegg and Dr Michael Echols give their opinions on Rip 72.


Books


On the Crimebeat
Wilf Gregg dips into the weird world of true crime to find the best in murder and mayhem.

Ripping Yarns
Robin Odell and Wilf Gregg tell us about their recently published Murderers’ Row, plus notice of future goodies coming your way.

We would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the following people in the production of this issue of Ripperologist: Paul Begg, Howard Brown, Stewart Evans, Wilf Gregg, Robin Odell, Stephen Ryder, and Eduardo Zinna. Thank you!

QUOTE FOR OCTOBER:
‘As long as you are depending on the private market to develop fully affordable housing, it’s like letting Jack the Ripper guard the Rockettes’ back door.’ Housing expert Bonnie Browser quoted in ‘NYC’s Cheap Housing Policy: Too Pricey’ by Neil le Mause, in Village Voice, 11 October

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