Ten years ago I embarked on a project to chart the connections between the “Jack the Ripper” case and my hometown of Kingston upon Hull, or Hull as it is often referred to. I started out with a single suspect, Robert D’Onston Stephenson, and embarked on planning, researching and writing “Jack the Ripper – From Hell, From Hull.”
As time progressed my tally of suspects increased, from one, to fourteen! I also carried out research into the contemporary newspaper articles published in the Hull press between 1888 and 1988, uncovering two giant folders of research.
So, when it came to writing the book I could no longer fit all the research into one volume, and one volume became two, two became four, and today the current tally stands at
The newspaper reports I had uncovered went into a single volume, however, as the volume was so large they were split into two volumes, resulting in the release of;
“Jack the Ripper” – Newspapers from Hull Vol I, which covers the year 1888
“Jack the Ripper” – Newspapers from Hull Vol II, which covers 1889 – 1988
The material also gave me enough information to write;
Leather Apron, “Jack the Ripper” and the Whitechapel Murders of 1888
I had also been researching the local connection between Michael Maybrick and Florence Maybrick in Hull. The research from that project went into;
“Jack the Ripper” and the Maybrick Family
Researching the case also gave me lots of information on each victim, I was particularly interested in three non canonical victims, but in researching one I came across a wealth of material that made it into;
Annie Chapman – Wife, Mother, Victim
Finally I also had enough material on Frederick Bailey Deeming to give him and his criminal deeds a book of their own. This resulted in the release of;
Frederick Bailey Deeming – “Jack the Ripper” or Something Worse?
“Jack the Ripper” From Hell, From Hull? Was growing so much now that it spawned another spin off,
“Jack the Ripper” – The Black Magic Myth, about the life, career, reputation and suspect candidacy of Robert D’Onston Stephenson. It was a book that started out a decade ago, working with a pen and paper at our old house in East Hull, and which has finally been completed for publication.
There are still two more “Jack the Ripper” titles on the way. As mentioned earlier the suspect tally with links to my hometown was 14! With that in mind the next two releases will be;
“Jack the Ripper” The Hull Connection,
Edwin Brough, Scalby Manor and the Hunt for “Jack the Ripper.”
Finally a decade on I can safely say that “Jack the Ripper” The Black Magic Myth is complete and finally the life of Robert D’Onston Stephenson can be recorded.
Thank you to everyone who helped out, especially Howard Brown for his foreword.
Thank you to Miika and the Creativia Team, and thank you to my family for their support.
All the books are available now on Amazon as either kindle or paperback editions.