A brand new Jack the Ripper conference will be held in the U.S. this April after an
Does this sound enticing to you? If you like true crime, Jack the Ripper, Victorian
The base hotel for RipperCon, the Mt Vernon Baltimore Hotel, was originally built as
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 Backward“10:00 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 http://rippercon.com/. DEADLINE TO REGISTER MARCH 31! DON’T MISS OUT!
Marie Belloc Lowndes (1868–1947)
Marie Belloc Lowndes published her first version of The Lodger
Mr and Mrs Bunting suspect that their lodger, Mr Sleuth, is “The Avenger.”
The novel was adapted for the stage as a comedy entitled Who Is He? by
In January 1917, the play was done in New York with Lionel Atwill as
Overall, the critic declared the show to be “highly amusing” and that
Ten years later, the play was brought to the big screen by Alfred Hitchock
Hitchcock’s version of The Lodger was the 1927 silent classic starring Ivor
Hitchcock said, “I had seen a play called Who Is He? based on Mrs. Belloc
Marie Belloc Lowndes, “The Lodger,” in McClure’s Magazine, Volume 36, January 1911, pp. 266–77.
Marie Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger. London: Methuen, 1913.
Mark Whitehead and Miriam Rivett, Jack the Ripper. Harpenden, Hertfordshire: Pocket Essentials, 2006, p. 67
Denis Meikle, Jack the Ripper: The Murders and the Movies. Richmond, Surrey: Reynolds and Hearn Ltd., 2002, pp. 44–49.
Gary Coville and Patrick Lucanio, Jack the Ripper: His Life and Crimes in Popular Entertainment. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1999, p. 24.
“‘The Lodger’ Proves Highly Amusing,” New York Times, January 9, 1917.Ivor Novello in Hitchcock’s silent classic film The Lodger (1927)