Hull City Archives is, at the moment situated on Lowgate in Hull City Centre. It is home to a massive collection of material relating to the History of the City of Hull, from the 13th Century to the present day!
The archives has several useful items from
New opening times
So that the team can carry out essential behind the scenes work, in preparation for the move to the History Centre in 2009, please note that from Monday 31 March 2008 the new opening hours for City Archives are -
Monday - closed all day
When I first began research into the case, my first port of call was the Local Studies Library in my hometown of Kingston upon Hull.
I asked several questions regarding the Stephenson family, but found only one reference to Robert D’Onston Stephenson in the card file.
I knew this would be a major task, so using the tools at my disposal I began looking at the families life here in Hull.
I began with the 1841 Census, locating the family on Charles Street, then cross referenced this with the Trade Directories from the same period.
The Local Studies Library is, at the moment situated on Albion Street as a part of the larger Central Library Building. Over the course of the next year or so, this will move to it’s new location onto the car park just off Kingstown Way.
Among the tools available at the Local Studies Library are,
Other materials and collections include,
Slavery and Wilberforce
Hohenrein family and business
Local studies library
Tel: (01482) 210 077
Monday - closed all day
The staff at the Local Studies Libary are really helpful.
First and foremost, Thank you to everyone who has sent private messages, left comments, sent emails and been in touch to “wish me well”. I really appreciate the support and kind words I have recieved and I am inspired by your messages. Thank you.
My Ripper Book of the week this week is…….
Jack the Ripper, letters From Hell. By Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner.
Before I managed to get my hands on my own copy I would hire this out of the local library constantly. It is a fantastic book and one that is a must!!
The well written chapters looking at the various stages of Ripper Communication is a great read, and finely illustrated. My fave being the comparisons of suspects handwriting.
The authors have painstakingly searched through various repositories for Ripper Letters and reproduced them in this book which is well referenced and so easy to use.
Most have the letters have dates of origin, location of origin, and details of it’s intended recipient. For any one with a remote intrest in the case, this is a useful research tool and great starting point for investigations.
Being an avid follower of all things Stephenson, I love the chapter looking at his handwriting, which is produced in fine colourful A4 format!!
A great read!!
Just a quick one to say thank you for all the messages of support on here, casebook, jtrforums, on my myspace and via email.
The 24 hour ECG picked up my erratic heart beats and has been returned for evaluation, I am now trying to relax and chill out.
My Ultrasound on my heart yesterday went well, they picked up on the irregular beats and the nurse also commented on just how slow my heart had become.
Prior to being taken ill two years ago, I ran, swam, ate healthy, went weight training, and had a very pysical job. Most Dr’s and Nurse’s commented on how strong my heart was, and it beat “Like an atheletes”!!
Now it is just slow!
I am pretty tired as sleeping whilst hooked up to a 24 hour ECG is a nightmare, and have spent most of today having naps! I managed to get some new books on churches of Hull, which will help in my Stephenson research, so i will read them over the weekend.
All Ripper Research is now off the cards, at least until I can function again. Once again I must thank everyone for their kind words of support, and promise to be back soon.
Several new pieces to the puzzle were obtained today on Robert D’Onston Stephenson and family. Some of these have been made public previously were as some have not.
The following are now in my possession,
Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s Christening Entry in the Sculcoates Parish Registers.
Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s mother and father’s marriage Entry in the Sculcoates Parish Registers.
And much much more I have yet to read through!! Due to copywrite I am unable to post.
If anyone has an intrest in any of the above, or wishes to view them contact me through either,
Private message on Jtrforums,
Private message on Ripper casebook,
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack the Ripper, The Facts. Paul Begg.
A great book by one of Ripperology’s nicest blokes.
The first time I got hold of the latest addition I could not put it down, its packed full of info in a chronological order making it easy to pick up and read from any chapter! Of course I would suggest starting at the beginning and working your way through!
The book introduces us to the social and political scene of London during the Victorian age, before plunging us into the case of Martha Tabram, covering all the C5 victims, more suspects than you can shake a “Gladstone bag” at, and chapters covering Rewards, Sir Charles Warren’s Resignation, and many more of the unusual occourances during the “Whitechapel Murders”.
It is quite an easy book to get hold of and I would highly reccomend it, the notes and references are like a book alone!!
Another Ripper Classic
The reason I began researching the ripper was becasue of my heart condition. I had collected Ripper books, for years so when I got ill I thought it would occupy my time and keep me focused.
Recently my health has taken a turn for the worse, with almost constant chest pains, always feeling sick, shortness of breath and so tired all the time, I thought I would take it easy.
Having stomach ulcers does not help either, as constant heart burn, and nausea when I get stressed or worry is becoming a pain in the ass too!
Over the next few days I have quite a few tests due to ascertain why my heart keeps beating irregular, stopping and causing me so much hassle.
It also means planned visits and research trips are now on the line, as rest and relaxation are the priority!!
Please be patient, for I shall return!!
Melvin Harris has released several fantastic books, this is a brief synopsis of each one,
He uses his powers as a researcher to get to the bottom of the stories presented and proposes what he thinks happened based on the facts!!
I managed to obtain a copy via Amazon for mere pennies and it is well worth reading, and gave an idea of what was to come!
Sorry, You’ve been duped!, was released in 1986 in the UK and included several popular stories if the strange and bizarre, from the Amityville Horror to tales of ghostly visitations. Harris researches each one back to it’s roots to destroy the myth’s and legends that surround the tale.
It is the firts book in which Harris tackles the Ripper, and he looks at the claims made by Victorian Psychic Robert Lee’s.
But for me the coup is Harris taking on Robert D’Onston Stephenson!!
Investigating the Unexplained, This is the American version of “Sorry you’ve been duped, also released in 1986.
Jack the Ripper, The Bloody Truth, released in 1987 and covering the Whitechapel Murders from the begining to the end. It is also the first book in which “Dr D’Onston” is proposed as the ripper, in the chapter “The Magician from the mists”
There is also an intresting disclaimer at the back stating “At one time I never took him seriously” regarding Harris’s view on Stephenson.
The Ripper File, was released in 1989 and covers the murders, with fine illustrations from “The Illustrated Police News” covering all aspects of the victims and suspects. By chapter 16 “A Passion for darkness” Stephenson once again rears his head and is explored but not in great detail. This is one of the finest books in the genre for its large colourful illustrations.
The True Face of Jack the Ripper, released in 1994 and covering the life and times of Robert D’Onston Stephenson, from birth, to his mysterious disappearing act!! (He’s behind you). The book is a great read but to be taken with a pinch of salt, as modern research as more or less withdrawn Stephenson from the race! Regardless of that, it is still the best Stephenson book on the market right now!
Melvin Harris had a gift, a gift as a writer, researcher and investigator.
I imagine him laughing at us right now
“Sorry You’ve Been Duped!”
This week’s book has to be the one and only “The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Sourcebook, An Illustrated Encyclopedia” by legends of the genre Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner.
This book is the largest collection of primary Sources on the events that led up to the horrific “Whitechapel Murders”, covering witness statements, press reports, inquest reports, letters to the police, and loads more!!
My fave section covers Robert D’Onston Stephenson but there is so much this book has to offer.
I recomemd this to anyone with an intrest in Jack the Ripper, The Police, True crime, Social History, Victorian History!!
It’s one of the most valuble ripper research tools I use, and should be a part of your collection too!!
“The Complete Book of the Unexplained, A thrilling exploration of earths most baffling mysteries” wins the award of having the longest title on this blogg!!
The book was compiled by Lucy Doncaster, Karen Farrington and Andrew Holland and first published in 2007.
The Ripper section is small and covers only 4 pages and once again looks at Robert James Lee’s, a man so popular he makes Derek look like a boy scout!! Of the 4 pages 2 of these are large pictures of Lee’s and a picture of Liz Stride!!