Wow, it’s that time of the year already, I thought I would get this in early December so if there are any releases after this point I do apologise. As many of the readers of this blog know, I have for many years written a “Year in Review” and for many this has become the most popular topic, with several people asking me over the last month or so, “Will 2010 have a Year in Review?”
So, for those people, and everyone else, here is the 2010 Year in Review.
It has been one hell of a year in Ripperology, with numerous fiction and non-fiction releases,
A new edition of the Jack the Ripper A-Z hit the shelves in September. The release from Paul Begg, Martin Fido and Keith Skinner met with mixed reaction, but it’s still an indispensable book that should be on every Ripperologists book shelf.
The London of Jack the Ripper: Then and Now by Messrs Robert Clack and Philip Hutchinson got released as a Kindle Edition in November and paperback in October. If you don’t have the hardback (why not?) this is the perfect time to get the paperback or Kindle Edition.
Jack the Ripper: The Theories and the Facts by Colin Kendell was released in October.
Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution by Stephen Knight was re-released in October as a Mass Market Paperback. Whilst the theory is widely discredited, the book is one that brought many prominent Ripperologists into the study of the Whitechapel Murders, and is also notable for including the “Missing Suspect Files”
Jack the Ripper Suspects by Frederick P. Miller, Agness F. Vandome and John Brewster was released in August. The list price was huge, and I have not heard of anyone that has purchased a copy.
Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopaedia by John J. Eddleston was re-released in July 2010. There is nothing new in the book, but the cover size has been reduced, and I know many Ripperologists who have the first edition with pages falling out.
Jack the Ripper Revealed: The Truth at Last by Dr. Terry Weston was released in June both as a paperback and Kindle Edition.
Jack the Ripper Unmasked by William Beadle was released as a paperback in June.
Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates by Stuart P. Evans and Donald Rumbelow was released as a paperback in May.
Jack the Ripper by Andrew Cook was released as a paperback in May.
Jack the Ripper: British Intelligence Agent by Tom Slemen and Keith Andrews was released as in May.
Fame or Infamy: The True Story of the Jack the Ripper Diary was released by Steve Powell in May.
The Crimes of Jack the Ripper by Paul Roland was released as a hardcover edition in April.
The London Job 2010 was released by Andrew Firth in April.
The Diary of Jack the Ripper by Shirley Harrison was re-released as a paperback edition in April.
Has Jack the Ripper Told You Chaps What His Real Name Was by Allan Downey was released in May.
Jack the Ripper’s Secret Confession: The Hidden Testimony of Britain’s First Serial Killer by David Monaghan and Nigel Cawthorne was released as a Hardcover in February.
Jack the Ripper. Crime, War and Conflict by iMinds was an Kindle ebook released in February.
Jack the Ripper’s Secret Confession: The Hidden Testimony of Britain’s First Serial Killer by David Monaghan and Nigel Cawthorne was released as a paperback and Kindle ebook in January.
Robert Bloch’s Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper was re-released in October.
Ripper’s Row by Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver was released in October as a Kindle ebook. The book features Jack the Ripper fighting vampires.
Witches, Werewolves and Jack the Ripper by G.M. Jackson was released in October as a Kindle ebook. The book features Jack fighting werewolves.
What Alice Knew, A Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper by Paula Marantz Cohen was released in September.
Requiem for the Ripper: The Final Episode of a Study in Red Trilogy was released by Brian L. Porter in June.
The Passion of the Ripper by Nicholas Nicastro was released in June as a Kindle ebook.
Time After Time by Karl Alexander was released in March.
Jack’s Place by Steve Kenning was released in February as a Kindle ebook. The story is set in the 21st Century .
Fatal Incision by William Park was released.
In Miller’s Court by Andrew Hoffman was released in February as a Kindle ebook.
Odd Jack the Ripper related title of the year?
Film, TV and Audio
Mysteryquest 3 disk DVD set featuring an episode on Jack the Ripper was released in the UK.
Unmasking Jack the Ripper was released on DVD in the UK.
Whitechapel Series 2 appeared on ITV and on DVD in the UK.
Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper was released on PC CD, Nintendo DS in the UK.
The Casebook Examiner began in April.
Ripperologist Magazine is still going from strength to strength.
The Journal of the Whitechapel Society still going from strength to strength.
The 2010 Jack the Ripper Conference, organised by Adam Wood, was once again held at the Kings Stores and was an amazing weekend for all involved.
The Frances Coles Memorial Appeal
Jack the Ripper and Me by Lavaugn Towell
All that You’ve Done by Trevor Bond
Jon’s Thoughts by Jon Rees.
Random Observations From A Restless Mind by Nathen Amin
Notable finds and special mentions
Chris Phillips found, and shared, a wonderful picture of Joseph Lawende.
I have made a number of finds through my research, some of which have made it onto my blog, others have made it onto Facebook, Twitter and the forums, some have been presented exclusively to the candidates of the Jack the Ripper 2010 Conference, and most of them have been kept for inclusion in the book.
Newspaper reports on Frederick Bailey Deeming in Hull, Beverley and beyond, his marriage certificate, and the newspaper announcements of his marriage, and death certificates of his mother and father. I also traced documents pertaining to Deeming’s frauds in Hull, and newspaper reports linking Deeming with an unsolved murder that was committed in Hull when Deeming was released from Hull Jail.
Newspaper reports and primary sources connected with Robert D’Onston Stephenson, including several rare and out of print books discussing his articles in the London press, and several general crime and paranormal books and publications that mention Robert D’Onston Stephenson.
A wealth of information on Frederick Richard Chapman including marriage certificate, wedding announcement in the Hull Press, the dates of his employment with the Hull and Sculcoates Dispensary, the locations of his houses in the Hull Trade Directories. Census entries for him and his family. British Medical Journal information, Probate details, Birth, Marriage and Death details. Articles written by him, and about him have also been traced.
I have had the pleasure of trawling through the Australian Newspapers, New Zealand Newspapers, American Newspapers, British Newspapers (19th Century) as well as 20th Century newspaper articles in the Daily Mirror Archive 1903 - current, Daily Express Archive 1900 - current, Sunday Express Archive 2000 - current, Daily Star Archive 2000 - current, Daily Star Sunday Archive 2002 - current, The Watchman Archive 1835 - 1885.
I have also had the pleasure of visiting Hull History Centre, Bridlington Local Studies, East Riding Archives, The Black Lion Public House in Bridlington, Islington Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, the British Library, the British Museum, as well as looking at several smaller private collections and several fantastic tours of Hull’s Guildhall.
I have met and spoke with people across the globe on Facebook, Twitter, and the forums as well as being able to meet with many Ripperologists and members of the media to discuss my work.
In the New Year I have been invited to work on many local history and Ripper related projects, and I won’t spoil it, but I will say that 2011 will hopefully be a great year.