Whilst I have been housebound I had the pleasure of seeking out new articles in the Hull Press via digitisation projects. This has allowed me to search from the relative comfort of my home and has turned up some fascinating results.
Over the years my scope of work has covered 10 suspects with links to my home town of Kingston upon Hull, so with access to the Hull Daily Mail archives I decided to search for any articles pertaining to any of the 10 suspects, resulting in the finding of numerous articles on the likes of Frederick Bailey Deeming, and even some material from the 1920’s exploring Lewis Carroll’s connections to the city. Among the articles were many reports on the Whitechapel Murders, many of which I have never seen before, and other similar atrocities and Ripper scares. There was a fascinating article regarding Jack the Ripper and Black Magic, that appeared in the Hull press in the 1920’s, and some fascinating material on the likes of Betty May and Aleister Crowley.
New Photographic Finds:
In the last 6 years I have searched and searched for a photograph showing the birthplace of Hull born Robert D’Onston Stephenson. Despite poring over hundreds of books, webpages, and photo archives I could not trace an image, then, within the space of a week, I uncovered not one, but two!! The images show two different views of the Stephenson family home. One from the street facing the property from a side and showing the neighbouring houses, the other shows the property from the front, but at a much later date!! Needless to say I am very excited about these images.
This month marks my third year on social networking site Twitter. It has seen me post almost 7,000 tweets, and I have a little over 900 followers. The site has become a useful networking tool for likeminded Ripperologists, Historians, and True Crime followers. Here is to another 3 years!!
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their messages, texts, emails, tweets, DM’s, PM’s, pokes, and show of support via message boards and social media. It has been a tough month with not only my wife in hospital, but myself too for heart surgery. Luckily the surgery went well and I am back home and walking around after a week of bed rest.
I cannot thank everyone enough for their support during this period.