Well it has been one hell of a year. I seem to have not written much on the blog at all this year, but believe me it is for a very good reason. I have been so busy not just with “Jack the Ripper” but other projects that I rarely get to sit and update my blog. So here, in one post, is all the weird and wonderful news since my last posting. Forgive me if I go over the same ground again, but the projects are so exciting and it is fantastic to be a part of them all.
This week I had the pleasure of lecturing for a massive marketing company in London at Mindshare’s Huddle event.
Massive thank you to Chris Bourke, for not only booking me, but making me feel very welcome at the event. The lecture which was for Qriously Ltd, looked at “Jack the Ripper” and the media both past and present and was a very popular lecture. Everyone made me feel very welcome and I had a lovely time in London meeting everyone.
This year has seen the release of ten of my books, they are all available to download via Amazon, and two are currently available on paperback. Simply search for “Mike Covell” on the Amazon pages around the world and you will find the products.
At the moment sales are really impressive and I cannot thank the Creativia gang for taking me on board and looking after me and my titles. They are such a small tight nit group and they have worked wonders for me.
As you can imagine I am limited in what I can say about the movies at present, I know I am a tease, but I can only recommend that you visit the Thunderball Films website for updates on the projects that I am involved in. It is a very exciting time, and I look forward to working on some amazing projects as an historical director and executive producer that are heading our way.
I can confirm that there is a television show on the way looking at the “Jack the Ripper” case and other similar cases to ascertain fact from fiction, myth from reality. Whilst I am very limited over what I can and cannot say, I can say that it is a very interesting and exciting project tackled in a way that has never been tackled before in Ripperology. The title for the show is “Jack the Ripper: Reality and Myth.”
Many people will remember that earlier this year I set up AMAZING HULL TOURS. Since that time I had carried out numerous tours, lectures, and research for numerous people. The tours are going really well and recently were featured in the Hull Daily Mail after a number of people caught anomalous objects on camera. I take a back seat and allow people to take photos on the tour and if they capture anything on film I do not sway their opinion. That said, this last few weeks has seen a number of people capture unexplained activity on their cameras.
Earlier this year I met with my good mate John and we recorded a show on Jack the Ripper – The Hull Connection. Since then John and I have recorded more shows that look at the history of Hull. Show two featured a virtual walk around Hull’s Old Town, visiting some of the allegedly haunted pubs and talking about their history.
To listen to the shows simply visit:
HULL’S DARK MUSEUM
Earlier this year I teamed up with local businessman John Hemmingway to create a brand new visitor attraction in Hull. The idea is to showcase 700 years of the darker side of Hull’s strange history, from witchcraft to the hanging of pirates, ghost sightings, local legends and true crime. The project is moving at a great pace and I look forward to releasing news about this very soon. One area we hope to showcase is “Jack the Ripper” The Hull Connection.
I am very pleased to announce that due to the popularity of the URBAN LEGENDS podcasts that next year for the second season we have even bigger plans. Watch out for John and I around Hull filming in locations associated with true crime, Jack the Ripper, and the paranormal.
I am pleased to be the historian at the fascinating project housed within Annison’s Stables, on Witham, above and behind the 24 hour pharmacy. A lot of attention has been paid to this building and its magnificent history and in the future you will see some amazing tours, lectures, and the occasional paranormal investigation at the property. You will also see lectures on Mary Jane Langley being given at the property where Mr. William Mortimer Edmonds had his photography shop!
The “Chocolate Factory” on Wincolmlee, a lovely 19th century tallow mill will also see some magnificent projects taking place there. These will be run in conjunction with local businessman John Hemmingway, who I spoke about in regards to the DARK MUSEUM above.
2015 will see a wide range of new lectures and new tours, taking in aspects of Hull’s history long since forgotten. Among the new lectures will be a new Amy Johnson lecture, a new William Papper lecture, and a new lecture on Hull’s infamous Silver Hatchet Gang of the early 19th century.
New Books!!! Next year will see the release of a series of new books that will explore the darker side of Hull’s history. The series is all but finished and they will be submitted just after Christmas for a steady release through the year. It will mean a year of no “Jack the Ripper” releases from me, but I am saving the new “Jack the Ripper” projects for 2016.
The AMAZING HULL TOURS lectures have had a very busy year and bookings are coming well into 2015 with a lecture booked for December next year! All bookings for both tours and lectures can be made through AMAZING HULL TOURS at the following;
Or via emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack the Ripper: Year in Review 2013
Another year has passed, and one that has seen the 125th anniversary of the Jack the Ripper canonical five victims. We have been hit with a bombardment of books; kindle titles, documentaries, audio books, television shows, and much more, so here is a rundown of what I saw in 2013:
Jack the Kindle reader:
The Kindle has gone from strength to strength and it is not surprising considering the cost of books, ease of downloading, and instant availability. 2013 proved to be a massive year for Jack the Ripper titles on the Kindle, both fact and fiction, and here are just a few of the releases that came out during the year:
A Tale from Ripper Street: Inspector Edmund Reid’s Hunt for Jack the Ripper, Joseph Busa,
Whitechapel: The Final Stand of Sherlock Holmes (Jack the Ripper), Bernard Schaffer,
Severin: A tale of Jack the Ripper, Simon Webb
Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook, Richard Whittington-Egan
In Search of Jack the Ripper, David Pietras,
The Whitechapel Secret: Who was Jack the Ripper? Martin Loughlin,
The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper, Paul Begg and John Bennett,
The Crimson Fog, Paul Halter and John Pugmire,
Whitechapel, Ian Porter,
Jack, Jason Williams,
Wellcome to Hell: Was Sir Henry Wellcome Jack the Ripper? Joseph Busa,
The Whitechapel Murders and Mary Jane Kelly, Peter Caldwell,
Scarlet Autumn: Jack the Ripper, Gian J. Quaser
Jack the Ripper: The Becoming, C. R. M. Gwynn,
The Hunt of a pipsqueak Jack the Ripper, C. Neil,
Jack the Ripper’s Many Faces, Amanda Harvey Purse,
Jack the Ripper’s Streets of Terror, John Stewart,
Jack the Ripper Komplett, S. Leib,
Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History, Paul Begg,
The Curse of Mitre Square and The Lodger: Two Jack the Ripper Classics, John Francis Brewer and Marie Belloc Lowndes,
Jack the Ripper- The Secret Police Files, Trevor Marriott,
Prey Time, Trevor Marriott,
Miller’s Court: The Story of Jack the Ripper and his last victim, James Paul,
Bred in Whitechapel: A novel based on Jack the Ripper, Tom Coleman and Robin Prior,
The Fifth Victim, Antonio Alexander,
Annie and the Ripper, Tim Champlin and Greg Smallwood,
Jack the Ripper Unmasked, Neil Ashford,
Jack the Ripper: First American Serial Killer, Stewart Evans and Paul Gainey,
Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld, Theo Aronson,
Tales of Jack the Ripper, Laird Barron, and others,
Mary Jane Kelly and the Victims of Jack the Ripper: The 125th Anniversary, Neal Sheldon,
It wasn’t Jack the Ripper? Patricia Pickett,
Jack the Ripper: From the Cradle to the Grave, Peter Rutt,
Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell, Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner,
Jack the Ripper: The Celebrity Suspects, Mike Holgate,
Jack the Ripper: The Suspects, The Whitechapel Society,
Ripper Hunter, M. J. Trow,
The East End Murders: From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray, Neil R. Storey,
Jack the Ripper Papers: Part 1, Michael Bowman,
Cold Case Mysteries – Volume 1, Sascha von Bornheim,
The Welsh Ripper Killings, Gary M. Dobbs,
Ripper, Jael Gates,
A Grim Almanac of Jack the Ripper’s London 1870-1900, Neil R. Storey,
I am Jack…A biography of one of Scotland’s most notorious serial killers: Thomas Neil Cream, Wallace Edwards
Dark Streets of Whitechapel, R. Barri Flowers,
Murder in Whitechapel: The Adventure of the Post Mortem Knife, Donald and Kyle Joy,
Inquests Jack the Ripper, C. Neil,
Inquests Jack the Ripper, C. Neil,
Jack the Ripper Doesn’t Exist, Paul Juser,
Jack the Ripper- The Facts, Paul Begg,
The Seduction of Mary Kelly – The Final Victim of Jack the Ripper, William J. Perring,
From Hell: The Final Days of Jack the Ripper, Rob Thompson,
Abberline: The man who hunted Jack the Ripper, Peter Thurgood,
Dracula meets Jack the Ripper, Michael B. Druxman,
Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates, Stewart P. Evans,
The Death of Jack the Ripper: Whitechapel Kittehs 2, Kitty Glitter,
Jack the Ripper vs Sherlock Holmes, Philip Duke,
Ritual in the Dark, Colin Wilson,
The Ripper Trilogy, Shawn Weaver and Donnie Light,
Jack the Ripper: The Terrible Legacy, The Whitechapel Society,
Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper, Frank Morlock, and others,
The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Sourcebook, Stewart Evans and Keith Skinner,
Ripper, Seamus Winchester,
Jack the Ripper: The Theories and the facts, Colin Kendell,
The Man who hunted Jack the Ripper, Stewart P. Evans,
Victorian Lives behind Victorian Crimes: The women who made Jack the Ripper famous, Amanda Harvey Purse,
Ripper’s Wrath, Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver,
Jack the Book reader:
Luckily for book lovers, hardback and soft-back books are still being released; the following is a short list of some of 2013’s releases.
Jack the Ripper at Last? The Mysterious Murders of George Chapman, Henela Wojtczak,
Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook, Richard Whittington Egan,
Jack the Ripper’s Streets of Terror: Life During the Reign of Victorian London’s Most Brutal Killer, Rupert Matthews,
Jack the Ripper: In My Blood: Normal Kirtlan, Dianne Bainbridge
The True History of Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten 1905 Ripper Novel, Guy Logan,
Jack the Ripper: From the Cradle to the Grave, Peter Rutt,
The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper, Paul Begg and John Bennett,
Abberline: The Man who hunted Jack the Ripper, Peter Thurgood,
Fifth Victim, Antonia Alexander,
The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper: As revealed to Clanash Farjeon, Alan Scarfe,
Jack the Audio Book:
Audio books make an entry in this year’s review for the first time. Kindle’s and tablets all have audio options, and many downloadable Kindle titles have text to audio, however, audio books are becoming very popular again. Here is a short list of some of 2013’s releases,
Ripper Hunter, M. J. Trow and Terry Wale,
Dracula Meets Jack the Ripper, Michael B. Druxman, and Fred Frees,
Jack the Ripperologist:
Ripperologist Magazine is still going strong, and what follows is a rundown, compiled by Howard Brown of Jtrforums.com of what each volume contained,
Issue 134 October
Issue 133 August
Issue 132 June
Issue 131 April
Issue 130 February
In my opinion, the two finest articles of the year where:
The Fifth Victim; Hand Of A Woman?- Jennifer Shelden
Jack the Blogger:
This year also saw one of Ripperology’s hardest workers, and excellent hoax-buster, Jenni Sheldon launch her Jack the Ripper blog Jack the Ripper Investigations, the blog can be viewed here: http://jacktheripperinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/
Jack the Television Viewer:
The following is a rundown of fictional television shows regarding Jack the Ripper that were aired in 2013,
BBC’s Victorian crime drama came back with a second series, new characters, more intense storylines, and “The Elephant Man” but the elation was short lived as the BBC have announced that the show will not get a third series. Watch this space, however, as a number of online polls and petitions hint that the viewers want more of this unique drama.
ITV’s modern crime drama took a weird and wonderful turn through the darker side of Whitechapel and treated us to curses, ghosts, zombies, cannibalism, books made of human skin, and all other manner of macabre storylines, sadly, the plot was more messed up than Mary Kelly’s room on Miller’s-court, and ended on a convoluted cliff hanger that will never be answered as ITV announced that no more series will be made.
Sky Living’s American/British Horror television show featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers began on October 13th 2013, and whilst it wasn’t directly related to the Jack the Ripper murders, good old Saucy Jack did get a mention.
Jack the Documentary viewer:
This year has seen its fair share of Jack the Ripper documentaries, here are just a few:
Fred Dinenage returned with another series of crimes and misdemeanours and looked at Jack the Ripper in this 45 minute show. The crime scene recreations were very bloody, and the show was all round quiet interesting.
This documentary covered the history of Broadmoor and was very interesting. It featured some fascinating contemporary sources, stories, and photographs, and featured a small segment on Jack the Ripper with Thomas Cutbush being proposed as a suspect.
The popular auction show returned and with it the alleged watch owned by James Maybrick. Sadly the experts did not want to buy it and the watch vanished again.
Jack the Ripper: Revealed:
The Mei Trow/Robert Mann documentary got another run this year, it was a fascinating documentary but for anyone wanting to know more I would suggest tracking down a copy of Trow’s book on the suspect.
Jack the Ripper: The German Suspect:
Trevor Marriott’s Karl/Carl Feigenbaum show got another showing this year, with Trevor travelling the globe trying to link Feigenbaum to the crimes in Whitechapel.
Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect:
The Prospero Productions documentary on Frederick Bailey Deeming got another airing this year. I missed it, but was made aware by numerous posts on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks guys!!
My Year with Jack the Ripper:
My year got off to a bang with a photo shoot and interview with the Hull Daily Mail for an article on Jack the Ripper on January 8th. By January 9th the article appeared in the Hull Daily Mail, and later that night the Yesterday Channel also showed the documentary I featured in, Prime Suspect: Jack the Ripper. More interviews followed, and more stories both in the newspaper and online and a number of photo shoots followed.
January 22nd saw me lecture at Hull Central Library and on February 5th I appeared at the Ings Library talking about Jack the Ripper – The Hull Connection.
February 7th saw me appear on the Hull Community Radio Station with John Hutchinson talking about my research and work in Hull. Jack the Ripper filled a huge segment of the two hour show.
I was back at Ings Library on April 2nd for another lecture and back again on May 7th for another!
On May 6th I met with David Reeves on BBC Radio Humberside to discuss Jack the Ripper the Hull Connection, and on May 20th another lecture followed at Bilton.
May 23rd saw me lecture on Jack the Ripper at Hull University, a first for me, and a great honour to be asked.
June 10th saw another meeting with David Reeves at the BBC Buildings to discuss Jack the Ripper, and on July 12th I was back on Radio Humberside discussing the case, with a follow up slot on July 19th. On September 4th I was back, this time on the David Burns show discussing Jack the Ripper – The Beverley Connection, and on September 5th I was at the East Riding Archives lecturing on the same topic. It was a first for me, and another great honour to be invited.
On September 11th I was at the Hull History Centre giving a speech on the importance of volunteering when the centre won an award for the WWII and other volunteering projects. It was a lovely day, and I had my photos taken with the Lord Mayor of Hull. That night I was at the George Hotel lecturing on the history of the public house.
October 12th saw another Jack the Ripper lecture at the central library in Hull, it also allowed me to meet with Ricky Cobb and show him around Hull.
The year also saw the production of BBC Radio Humberside’s From Whitechapel to Whitefriargate, a one hour special on Jack the Ripper’s connections to Hull. The show, created by David Reeves, saw us recording a lecture at the Hull Heritage Centre, recording on location at the Hull History Centre, Hull Prison, and at my house, as well as on location around Hull at night with the wind in our faces and the screams of hovering menacing seagulls! The show will air on Radio Humberside on December 27th between 1 and 2pm, and again on January 1st between 6 and 7pm.
In terms of research I have uncovered new material on Frederick Bailey Deeming, Frederick Richard Chapman, Robert D’Onston Stephenson, and James, Florence, and Michael Maybrick. I also came across a gentleman, who had worked in the medical profession in 1888, who was based in Whitechapel that year, who had links to the Maybrick family.
There have also been business meetings with some of Hull’s most notable business folk, lectures for some of Hull’s most distinguished private groups, and lots planned to ensure that 2014 will be an even bigger and better year.
All that is left for me to do is to wish my readers a very happy Christmas, and a prosperous 2014.
Special thanks to Howard and Nina Brown at JTRForums.com, Stephen P. Ryder at Casebook.org, David Reeves of BBC Radio Humberside, as well as all the other presenters that have had me on their shows this year, to the team at the Hull History Centre, Hull Central Library, and Hull Reference Library, Hull University, Carnegie Heritage Centre, Ings Libraries, Ricky Cobb, and Mr. Palin for all their help this year.
This week has seen some interesting developments in Ripperology in the field of television drama.
First of all ITV has announced that Whitechapel will return for a fourth series. The show previously tackled Jack the Ripper, The Krays, and a series of East End crimes from the Ratcliffe Highway Murders, to the Thames Torso Murders. Details on the new series are a little sketchy at present, with ITV revealing that a six episode series has been given the green light, so let’s hope that Chandler, Miles and Buchan are back together for more mysteries and murders.
The news can be seen here:
The BBC’s Ripper Street is also making headlines with the announcement that Canadian and Norwegian television companies have bought the rights to air the show abroad.
The News can be viewed here:
The Irish Film and Television Network: http://www.iftn.ie/distribution/DistributionNews/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4285386&tpl=archnews&force=1
Jack the Ripper’s Ghost
The Telegraph this week asked “Are the Houses of Parliament Haunted?” in an online article. The piece, written by Donald Strachan, claims that the “the ghost of Jack the Ripper threw himself off Westminster Bridge.”
Last year I was fortunate enough to shoot some scenes for a documentary regarding Jack the Ripper. I am pleased to announce that the show will air next week on March the 7th 2012 in the UK. The show will feature on the following channels,
Sky Channel Yesterday at 537
Virgin Media at 203
Freeview at 12
Sky Channel Yesterday featured the following blurb for the show,
The identity of Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper, has fascinated fans of true crime, lovers of Victoriana and conspiracy theorists all over the world for over a century. A Russian con artist, a Polish barber, an Irish American doctor and even the eldest son of Edward VIII have all been held up as suspects ever since the murder of at least five prostitutes in the London’s East End in 1888.
Now the story heads to Australia, where there has been a major new development in the Ripper story. In a laboratory on the other side of the world lies what is believed to be the skull of Fredrick Bailey Deeming, infamous as Australia’s first serial killer. At the time of his execution in 1892, Deeming was a suspect in the Jack The Ripper case. Born in England, he emigrated to Australia, where he murdered his second wife. In the subsequent investigation he was found to have murdered more people back in his home country.
In a recent experiment in an Australian laboratory, DNA was extracted from his skull. If this DNA can be linked to the crimes, Deeming could finally be proved to be the world’s most notorious killer or once and for all be eliminated from the enquiries. Could the identity of Jack The Ripper finally be revealed?
To read more and see the trailer pleae visit,
Yesterday TV at http://uktv.co.uk/yesterday/item/aid/650713/displayVideo/hi
Every year around this time I always post a Year in Review, showing the books, magazines, articles, TV shows and research that other Ripperologists have done throughout the year, but this past year has seen so many changes and I have been so busy that I have not really kept up with the latest developments. Plus a major hard-drive explosion and the loss of several files didn’t help. Luckily much of the material was on pen-drives. So this year I thought I would write a year in review based on my research, rather than other peoples work, to show what has been done locally and nationally.
Sadly in early November I was back in hospital with my heart, investigations are ongoing, and hopefully next year the cardiologists will get to the bottom of it.
Jack the Ripper - From Hell, From Hull? Vol I Robert D’Onston Stephenson 261,423 words over 362 pages
Jack the Ripper - From Hell, From Hull? Vol II Frederick Bailey Deeming 207,113 words over 259 pages
Jack the Ripper - From Hell, From Hull? Vol III 66,493 words over 101 pages
Jack the Ripper - From Hell, From Hull? - Newspapers From Hull 104,379 words over 133 pages
Frederick Bailey Deeming and the Murder of Mary Jane Langley 101,831 words over 136 pages
Frederick Bailey Deeming in the International Press 175,320 words over 200 pages
Mike Covell’s Haunted Hull 133,521 words over 217 pages
Mike Covell’s Haunted Hull - The Press Perspective 31,256 words over 43 pages
Mike Covell’s Haunted Hull - Paranormal Hull 108,087 words over 155 pages
Emily Dimmock Camden Town Murder Project 37,633 words over 35 pages
The History of the Dawber family in Hull 1700-2000 15,296 words over 31 pages
Untitled Fact vs Fiction Project 161,669 words over 165 pages
Thank you for a great year:
http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/latestnews/8902557.Barry_film_maker_gives_hospice_a_helping_hand/Michael J Moore is currently working on his second and final graduation film about Detective Inspector Walter Dew, who was involved in the hunt for Jack the Ripper and who arrested Dr Hawley Crippen for the murder of Cora Crippen. Walter Dew was Mike’s great-great-great-great-grandfather’s cousin.
After making enquiries on Andre Price’s website, I was sent the following email from Mr. Price, who kindly accepted my requests to post it here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Price for getting back to me on some of the issues raised on my earlier blog post.
Dear Mike Covell,
Thank you for the query regarding the placement of Kelly’s intestines via email. It would have been nice if you had emailed me about ALL of these different issues before unfairly criticising and maligning me on your blog. I will now address the different criticisms that you raised.
a) The question of the Ripper’s identity.
Unlike many other documentaries, I deliberately chose not to spend most of the program discussing endless theories as to who Jack the Ripper may have been. The Whitechapel Killer was never caught and so a large part of Ripperology when it comes to theories and suspects is simply conjecture. I wanted to focus on the victims instead. Hence why the documentary ended at the Fifth victim’s grave. However it would have been remiss of Karen Fransden not to have at least asked me the question and I responded only briefly by highlighting some of the more comon theories. However, this is a very small part of the actual programme. Needless to say criticism would probably have been levelled at myself and Karen at Eerie Investigations if the question had not been asked at some point during the programme!
b) Murder Locations at odds with the victims.
In the documentary we visit three of the five murder sites, Hanbury Street (Second victim), Mitre Square (Forth victim) and what was formerly Dorset Street (Fifth victim). For logistical reasons as well as time constraints during filming we were unable to visit the site of the First murder at Durward Street (formerly Buck’s Row) or the Third murder at Berner Street (now renamed Henriques Street). For completeness sake I needed to describe these murders in the program, which I did at convenient locations. AT NO POINT during the documentary when speaking of the First and Third murders did I claim that we were standing on the ACTUAL murder sites of Mary Nichols and Elizabeth Stride. Durward Street (the site of the First murder) has changed tremendously since the days of Jack the Ripper and the site of the Third murder is now a Primary School and so unaccessible. Little value would have been gained from filming the brick school wall!
c) ‘Silly’ claim that insides were hanging from picture frames
Let me make it absolutely clear that I did not personally create the claim that the intestines were “hanging from picture frames like Christmas Decorations!”. The claim is mentioned in a number of different places. I simply quoted what’s often been regarded as a fact by many Ripperologists.
It is mentioned in the book “Jack the Ripper 100 Years of Investigation” by Terence Sharkey. P63 “Draped around the room from every picture rail the bloody entrails hung suspended like some awful yuletide decoration…He retched violently”.
Also in “Jack the Ripper, In Fact and Fiction” by Robin Odell. P85 “The whole room was described as looking like a slaughterhouse, and there were actually pieces of flesh hanging from the picture-nails in the walls.”
It is also mentioned online:
http://www.toughcases.net/ripper1.html “Besides his obvious butchery of this woman, he draped her intestines over a picture frame”
http://www.skcentral.com/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=353&rowstart=80 “Her entrails were hanging over a picture frame.”
You should also be cautious about taking Dr Thomas Bond’s word as gospel. In his report he claims “The body was lying naked in the middle of the bed” If you look closely at the photo taken of Mary Kelly lying on the bed at Miller’s Court it is clear that she is wearing some form of chemise.
d) Dispute over whether Thomas Bowyer was sick
I have no way of ultimately proving that Thomas Bowyer was sick, although a number of different authors including Terrence Starkey quoted above claims that he was, and confronted with such unexpected brutality on peering through the window, I do not feel it implausible that he did vomit.
e) Over enthusiasm, untruths and conjecture
I am a dedicated, qualified graduate historian, lecturer and guide. I have spent over twenty years researching the Jack the Ripper Murders. Yes I am very enthusiastic about my subject, but as far as I am aware that is not a crime! I especially resent the claim that I let the program “down by filling in the blanks with untruths and conjecture”. Such a statement is in my opinion unfair and unwarranted. Perhaps in future you should consider much more carefully what you write on your blog.
Mr Andre Price.
Last night I was informed that a documentary about Jack the Ripper was on Sky Channel 200, known as Controversial TV. The show, called Eerie Investigations featured Karen Frandsen, who also acted as a researcher on the show, interviewing Andre Price. The show, including advertisement breaks ran for just under 58 minutes.
The idea was to present a solid account of the lives of the victims without getting bogged down in the endless list of suspects, but despite this Price was asked on several occasions, “Who is Jack?” and on each occasion he gave a list of some of the more popular theories, from the Royal Conspiracy, to Druitt, and Sir William Gull.
The locations that the duo visited were at odds with the victims they were discussing. At one point they were talking about Bucks-row (Durward-street) whilst standing in what looked like the Court-street.
The show then became rather silly, with Price claiming that Mary Kelly’s insides where “hanging from picture frames like Christmas Decorations!” despite neither the Dr Thomas Bond and George Bagster Phillips noting such a display. Price then goes on to claim that when Thomas Bower discovered the body, he stepped back from the window and was sick. Luckily for us Bower gave his testimony to Inspector Abberline, who wrote down his statement which can be found at the London Metropolitan Archives, MJ/SPC, NE1888, Box 3, Case Paper 19.
The show had a really good idea, but sadly the over enthusiastic interviewee let it down by filling in the blanks with untruths and conjecture.
Eerie Investigations home page
Andre Price home page
Rupert Penry-Jones has admitted that he is making a third series of the popular ITV 1 drama series. The first series covered the murders of Jack the Ripper, and I read on one website that the idea was one stolen from John Eddleston! Series 2 covered the Krays, so who knows what series 3 will cover. There has been no official announcement from ITV yet, but watch this space.
To read more,
I remember the buzz on the forums when Whitechapel first hit the UK tv screens, from the twists and turns, the in jokes and Messrs Hutchinson and Clack’s book being featured.
I can remember waiting for the DVD to drop through the letter box, so I could watch the final episode, and was more than happy with the extras, so it’s nice to see ITV are currently half way through the re-running of the first series.
For more info on the show:
Roll on series II