RipperCon in Baltimore, April 8-10, 2016

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A brand new Jack the Ripper conference will be held in the U.S. this April after an
absence of several years of such conferences on U.S. soil!  Get ready for RipperCon!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER MARCH 31!  RipperCon headed by famed Ripperologist
Martin Fido will be unique in being held in the historic heart of Baltimore, the Mount
Vernon district, at the Maryland Historical Society & the Mt Vernon Baltimore Hotel,
within sight of the city’s 200-year-old Washington Monument, the first monument to
honor the nation’s first President. Also making the event “different” and, might we
say, unmissable is that in addition to the Whitechapel murders we will cover the
mystery of Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious death in Baltimore in 1849 plus the relation
of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the Ripper crimes. To cap off the
weekend we have a 4-hour bus tour of Baltimore to sites associated with noted Ripper
suspect “Doctor” Francis Tumblety, the Pinkertons, John Wilkes Booth, and Edgar Allan
Poe.  We’ll visit Poe’s grave and his house on Amity Street, & “Nutshell Studies of”
Unexpected Death” — 1930/1940’s dioramas of murder scenes now housed
at the Maryland Coroner’s office.

Does this sound enticing to you?  If you like true crime, Jack the Ripper, Victorian
history, Sherlock Holmes, mysteries, or Edgar Allan Poe you can’t afford to miss out!
Complete information is at

The base hotel for RipperCon, the Mt Vernon Baltimore Hotel, was originally built as
housing for the Peabody Conservatory of Music, named for merchant and philanthropist
George Peabody, the Massachusetts-born merchant who built multi-story dwellings for
the poor of Liverpool & London’s East End and was honored for his good works by Queen
Victoria herself.  Is it any wonder then that the same statue of Peabody can be found
in London and in Baltimore!  In fact the statue in Mt Vernon is a replica of one next
to the Royal Exchange in the City of London, executed between 1867 and 1869, unveiled
in July 1869 shortly before Peabody’s death.

Statue to George Peabody, Mount Vernon, Baltimore

Here is the schedule for RipperCon, April 8-10 in Baltimore:

Friday, April 8

9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Registration at the Mt Vernon Baltimore Hotel;

thereafter, registration at Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) France Hall.

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Talks in France Hall, MdHS –

1:00 pm. Introduction & Welcome by M/C’s Robert Anderson & Ally Ryder

1:05 pm. Martin Fido, “Ripperology and Anti-Semitism”

2:00 pm. David Sterritt, “The Ripper, the Lodger, Hitchcock’s Existential Outsider”

3:00 pm.  Mikita Brottman, “The Yorkshire Ripper”

4:00 pm. Bruce Goldfarb,  “Nutshell Studies of Unexpected Death

5:00 pm. Michael Hawley, “Dr. Francis Tumblety - Amongst the Best Suspects”

6:30 pm.  Gathering at the Mt Vernon Baltimore Hotel.

Saturday, April 9 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Talks in France Hall, MdHS –9:00 am. Charles Tumosa, ”The Forensic Time Machine: Looking Backward10:00 am. Panel on Jack the Ripper Suspects featuring Robert Anderson, Michael Hawley, and Martin Fido.

11:00 am. Robert Anderson, “Long Island Serial Killer

12:00 noon. Lunch in France Hall. Trivia contest including special book prizes.

1:00 pm. Janis Wilson & Chris George, “The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, and  

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

2:00 pm. Panel discussion on “True Crime versus Fictional Crime” with Robert

Anderson, Mikita Brottman, and David Sterritt, moderated by Janis Wilson

3:00 pm. Discussion with speakers & audience on “The State of Ripperology Today”

4:00 pm. Chris George, “The Last Days of Edgar Allan Poe — Murder or Something Else?”

6:00 pm. Banquet at the Mt Vernon Baltimore Hotel, followed by a performance

of “Poe’s Last Stanza” by C. J. Crowe.

Sunday, April 10

9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bus tour of Baltimore including sites associated

with Dr. Tumblety, the Pinkertons, and the Booth family. Visit to the

grave of Edgar Allan Poe and the Poe House, including a special visit to “

“Nutshell Studies” in Maryland Coroners’ Office. Space limited. Book soon.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849): The circumstances of his mysterious death in

Baltimore in October 1849 have never been sufficiently explained.

For complete information on RipperCon, go to TO REGISTER MARCH 31! DON’T MISS OUT!

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