Year in Review 2011

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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.

In January I was cast head first into the world of Frederick Bailey Deeming when it was revealed that a skull had turned up in Australia and was possibly his.  The find caused mush debate and discussion and was covered in blogs, newspaper reports, and even made its way onto TV.  At the time I was fortunate enough to have quiet a large collection of newspaper articles that showed the passage of Deeming’s skull, from the hanging in 1892, it being buried, dug up, allegedly stolen and through various hands of ownership.  It has to be the most talked about skull in Australian history, second only to Ned Kelly, and I am pleased to say that the skull turned out to be that of Ned Kelly’s and not Deeming as previously thought.  The case did mean that several members of the Deeming family came forward, and I certainly got a lot of messages and emails from people wishing to know more.

February saw me visiting Hedon and Preston in search of material for a book and articles on the murder of Mary Jane Langley.  Mary Jane was murdered in 1891 and at the time Frederick Bailey Deeming had just been released from Hull Prison.  His name actually came to light in relation to the investigation in 1892 when Deeming’s links to Hull and Yorkshire were explored in both the Hull and Beverley press and so it would only be a matter of time that I explored the case.  What was weird about this, is that some of the descendents of Mary had actually previously been in touch and mentioned the case to me, and asked if I knew anything, so it was lovely to be able to send them material and news every time I researched Mary and her family and to be able to answer some of the question and queries they had regarding the case.

March saw a trip to Beverley’s East Riding Archives, where I secured newspaper cuttings on Frederick Bailey Deeming and his frauds in 1890/1891, and the Rainhill and Windsor Murders of 1891/1892.  I also visited several locations associated with Deeming, and Helen Matheson and her family and secured interviews and photos of some of the locations.

April saw the discovery of Frederick Bailey Deeming in the Hull Watch Committee Minutes.  These proved invaluable as it put a price on the manhunt for Deeming after his frauds in 1890 in Hull.  Many of the books and publications mention Deeming in relation to Hull in only a passing manner, many of which erroneously state that he was married in Hull, and stayed at the Station Hotel in Beverley.  The Hull Watch Committee Minutes are a great find as they finally reveal how much was spent on following Deeming to Southhampton and Monte Video, and then returning him to Hull.  With this information I was able to find shipping manifests that showed Deeming on board with Detective Grassby of the Hull Police as well as several other documents that were created at the time and show the events that transpired.

May was filled with another Deeming related file. The Hull Watch Committee Minutes books also helped me discover the massive Hull Trial File, which is packed with primary sources from his time in Hull, and features letters, telegrams, and eyewitness statements.  It also made me realize that as well as Deeming and his alias Lawson, I should be aware that sometimes the authorities get it wrong and can often misspell names!  It also saw an exciting visit to the Hull Prison Exhibition which was fascinating.

June saw some newspaper based research, tackling Frederick Bailey Deeming and Robert D’Onston Stephenson from a different angle and helping me uncover 40 new articles associated with them, their lives in Hull, and the people whose lives they affected.  It also saw me get my hands on another Frederick Bailey Deeming file, the Home Office Files.  These featured 43 pages filled with material on Deeming and his life and the legal wranglings that were going on over his arrest in Monte Video.  This year I visited Whitby with my wife and took in the Lewis Carroll and Bram Stoker/Dracula locations.  I also managed to obtain several books on the duo, including one that links Stoker to the murders!  Stoker, it is claimed, was inspired by the Ripper Murders and stated so in an Icelandic Edition of Dracula.

July saw some research trips to the East Riding Archives in Beverley where I uncovered material on Robert D’Onston Stephenson, Frederick Bailey Deeming, and the murder of Mary Jane Langley.  I was also back in the Hull History Centre and found yet another file on Deeming, this time it was in the Hull Watch Files and covered Thomas Reynoldson and his quest for justice against Deeming.  Also at the Hull History Centre I found several reports on Deeming in the Hull Watch Committee Minutes, and Hull Finances Committee Minutes.  At the Hull Reference Library I discovered information pertaining to the ships that Thomas Sadler had sailed on.  This month saw the discovery that Deeming had been discussed in the House of Commons, and that police officers were sent to Australia from Scotland Yard, and asked to help with the Rainhill Murders.  Despite these snippets being mentioned in the local and national press to date there have been no files that cast any light on who went and why.

August was the month of Mary Jane Langley, with my article appeared in Ripperologist Magazine, on my blog, and the case attracting attention in the local media.  It also gave me a chance to finally meet Mary Jane’s descendants in a rather touching moment at her graveside.  This month some some material on Annie Deary/Stephenson surface.  I had been researching the events leading up to and surrounding her death and not only traced the location, but several other primary sources from the period.  I also managed to secure a photo of the building in which she died.  David Knott had found Annie Stephenson’s death certificate some years ago, and from the information contained within I was able to search the logs that were written when Annie died.  They proved quiet interesting and showed what she was up to in the latter years of her life in Lincolnshire.  August was also the annual Heritage Open Days and I once again visited the Customs House in Hull, filming and taking photos of the visit.

September saw a visit to London for material on both Frederick Bailey Deeming and Robert D’Onston Stephenson.  I had the pleasure of visiting the British Library and searching numerous books, periodicals and correspondence and came away with pages and pages of new material.  These included material on Robert D’Onston Stephenson and Grant Richards, Robert D’Onston Stephenson and Theosophy, Robert D’Onston Stephenson and the Workhouse, Robert D’Onston Stephenson and Betty May’s Tiger Woman, Robert D’Onston Stephenson and Highgate Hill Infirmary, Robert D’Onston Stephenson and the Islington Board of Guardians,   It was a lovely trip and I also had time to visit the British Museum, Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  This month also saw some fascinating finds on Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s Religion that I posted on  Sadly the registers never had him down as a Black Magician!  Despite this numerous books have been released since that still claim he was a black magician!

October was devoted to researching some paranormal material that I had been working on for some time. I was able to secure interviews with key witnesses and appeared on West Hull Radio to discuss some of my research.

November began with an appearance on BBC Radio Humberside discussing the Central Library Lecture.  The interview went really well, and the lecture at the library was packed out.  I also met and spoke to a number of people that helped with my research, and got more bookings for 2012!

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.

Other projects:
This year has seen Jack the Blogger, in Ripperologist Magazine, go from strength to strength, sadly the computer outage has stopped me for a while, but the column will be back in 2012 bigger and better than ever.  I cannot thank the gang at Ripperologist enough for their ongoing support.
The year also saw some new lectures at both the Hull History Centre and the Hull Central Library, both of which were well filled with every seat taken and great fun.  I have more lectures booked into 2012 so it should prove to be another good year.  I do not charge for any of my lectures and my time is free.
This year also saw me meeting with a film production crew making a documentary on Frederick Bailey Deeming.  Hopefully the show will air soon so I can discuss the matter in detail.  All that I can say it that it was great fun and the team that I had the pleasure of working with were all a lovely bunch and it was nice to have them in Hull and show them the sights.
I have also been approached about other possible future projects but cannot divulge what they are!!!
The books
This year has seen a number of developments with the writing projects, and a number of fantastic names are on board to write the forewords of some of the titles.  The first quarter of the year was devoted to the writing and research on the Mary Jane Langley project, which was a by product of the work on Frederick Bailey Deeming.  The same occurred with the Deeming newspaper book, and the Dawber history book which was created when editing the Robert D’Onston Stephenson book.
The decision to split the paranormal book into three was made when it was discovered that at its present phase it was just too big, so it was split into three.  Earlier this year a lot of the material was lost when a computer outage took over 100 pages of work, luckily I still had the research so it is being typed up again.

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:
All the staff at Hull City Council’s Hull History Centre, including the Local Studies and Archives.  All the staff at Hull’s Central Library, Reference Library and Holderness road Library for putting up with me.  All the staff at Hull Museums and the staff at the East Riding Archives in Beverley. Rob Nicholson of Her Majesty’s Prison, Hull.  Adam Wood and Chris George at Ripperologist.  Howard and Nina Brown at  Ray from the Hedon Blog, All the staff at the Nags Head, Preston, the staff at the Hedon Museum, All the staff at the British Library, British Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, for putting up with my emails and requests and for providing a brilliant service.  And a thank you to all my Facebook and Twitter friends that have supported me through what has been a tough year.  Here is to 2012!!

Year in Review 2010

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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,

Non Fiction

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?
Cheryl and Ashley- Love Wars, John McShane, April.
Page 13 mentions a Jack the Ripper suspect!

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.
Issue 1 featured Tom Westcott’s article on Exonerating Michael Kidney, R.J. Palmer discussed the rise of Walter Andrews, Neal Sheldon discussed Morganstone, Elizabeth Pheonix, and Mrs Carthy, and the Ripper tour took in Leicester.
Issue 2 featured Tom Westcott’s article on Le Grand, Stewart P. Evans article A Rose Red? As well as contributions by Chris Phillips, who published a great photograph of Joseph Lawende, and R.J. Palmer on Dr. Anderson, Dr. Tumblety and a Voyage to Canada.
Issue 3 featured an article by John Malcolm challenging the work of Philip Sugden, Adam Went discussed the sinking of the S. S. Alice, Trevor Bond’s Ultimate Tour from Pimlico to Lambeth, and Robert Clack’s Scenes of Crime essay.
Issue 4 featured Tom Westcott’s article on the Cattleman, the Lunatic, and the Doctor, R.J. Palmer’s article on the goings on behind the scenes in America, and D. M. Gates article on Kelly’s 1888 Directory.  Jenni Sheldon took us on the Ultimate Ripper tour through Canterbury, to Hampton and Herne Bay, Kent.

Ripperologist Magazine is still going from strength to strength.
January saw Neil Bell and Rob Clack tackle PC Hutt in an excellent article.
February saw Jon Rees’s Appreciation of Jeremy Brett, and Jonathan Hainsworth poses questions on Anderson and Kosminski, and John Bennett took a look at 1970‘s London.
The issue also saw Rob Clack and Debra Arif win the 2009 Jeremy Beadle Award for their article A Rose By Any Other Name.
March saw Neil Bell and Rob Clack tackle Dr. Frederick Gordon Brown, John Bennett started a series on the letters sent to the City Police, Chris George discussed Jehovah the Ripper and Jon Rees gave us more Sherlock Holmes.
April saw MJ Trow discuss Robert Mann, Adam Went discuss the murder of Elizabeth Stride, John Bennett with the second part of his Letters to the City Police.
May saw Fiona Saint ask whether Gaugin was inspired by Jack the Ripper, and John Bennett’s final part of the Letters to the City Police.
July saw Neil Bell and Rob Clack’s article on DC Marriott, Tim Mosley on The House that Jack Built, Bob Hinton discussed his adventures in Researchland, and Andrew Firth looked at the East End Underground.
September saw Mike Hawley tackle the Elixir of Life, Tim Mosley on the House that Jack Built, and contributions from Dirk C Gibson, Glen L Bedsoe, and Arthur Morrison.
November saw Dirk C Gibson and Brooke N Weeber look at the correspondence involving Jack the Ripper, Eduardo Zinna with a Touch of Evil, Tim Mosley with more of the House that Jack built, and Bob Hinton speaks to Ripperologist.

The Journal of the Whitechapel Society still going from strength to strength.
October featured an article by Mei Trow, entitled Down among the Dead men, Joe Chetcuti discussed the Euston Arrest, and Peter Whitby looked at the Mean Streets- Bluegate Fields.
August featured Mickey Mayhew’s Coaxing Eddy from the Closet article, Chris Jones discussing Maybrick, and Ian Porter’s Thoughts on the Maybrick Diary.
June saw Trevor Spinage and Daniel Cox provide articles on Montague John Druitt in a Druitt themed special.
April saw Christopher Skolik discuss the Whitechapel Murders, Melanie Clegg, and Robert Clack take on Christ Church Spitalfields, and Robin Odell’s Off the Wall.
February saw Nicholas Connell discuss the research still left to undertake, J. J. Page looked at William Fishman’s work, and Alan Hunt wrote Food of the Gods.

July which featured cases such as Jill Dando’s murder, Eve Stratford, Jackie Ansell-Lamb.
April featured cases such as the San Francisco Zodiac, Egon Von Bulow, and the Yorkshire Ripper.


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.
The ongoing newspaper research by the likes of Howard Brown, Chris Scott, Deborah Arif, Dave James.
Chris Scott transcribing the entire O’Donnell Manuscript.
Andrew Firth’s ongoing photography projects shared on Facebook.

Personal Achievements
The Jack the Ripper- Hull Connection Lectures have had a good year, from a lecture at the multi million pound Hull History Centre, which attracted it’s 10,000th visitor to the centre, who came for my lecture!  I was also privileged to speak at the 2010 Jack the Ripper Conference at the Kings Stores, and finally at the Hull Central Library.  The lectures have received great feedback.

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.
Among these finds were;

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.
This has reaped hundreds of articles on Jack the Ripper, the Detectives and Officials linked to the case, notable theories and suspects, and notes on books, radio shows, TV shows and movies featuring the Whitechapel Murderer.

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.
Special mentions should go to Jon Rees, Nathen Amin, Phil Carter, Paul Begg, Bill Beadle, Adam Wood, Gareth Williams, Norma Buddle, Andrew Firth, Kate Bradshaw, John Bennett and Laura Prietto, Trevor Bond, Rob Clack, Robert Anderson, Caroline Morris, Gail Dowle, Jackie Murphy, Jenni and Neal Sheldon, Liza Hopkinson, Mark Ripper, Suzi Hanney, the Cobb Brothers and the fantastic Philip Hutchinson.  All of which kept me smiling at the 2010 Ripper Conference despite the sad news I had received on the train to London.

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.

Thank You.

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Hull Ripper Lecture

Thank you to everyone who turned up to the Jack the Ripper- The Hull Connection last night at Hull’s Central Library.  The night went well and the Reference library, where the lecture was held, was bustling with people wanting to know more about Hull’s links to the case.

The feedback from the lecture was fantastic, and it was nice to meet some old faces, and some new.

Jack in Hull

It’s always nice to hear that people are taking an interest in Jack the Ripper, more so when it’s the younger generation, and a number of schools in Hull are taking the Ripper on, and trying to solve the case!  With fresh eyes, and new blood looking at an age old mystery, who knows what will be discovered.

Jack on the box

Over the past month a number of documentary makers have been in touch, each with their own take on the Ripper and the Autumn of Terror.  This means that 2011 will be a bumper year for new, fresh, and exciting Ripper documentaries.

I have also had the pleasure of speaking with a gentleman who is working on a movie script that will see Jack the Ripper hitting the big screens, should the movie get the green light, and of course, funding!!

Jack to the Future

With the year end quickly catching up on us, where do we see the case and it’s study going over the next 12 months?

I have already heard whispers from several authors that new books are being planned, and it was even stated that Paul Begg could have a new fresh Ripper book on the way, looking at an aspect of the case that researchers and certainly authors have never published a book on!  What it is will remain secret as Paul isn’t spilling the beans.

2009 Year in Review

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MJ Trow’s tie in book, Quest for a Killer

Andrew Cooks tie in book, initially subtitled “Case Closed

Philip Hutchinson and Robert Clacks The London of JTR then and now 2nd edition

Philip Hutchinson’s The Jack the Ripper Location Photographs.

Nicholas Connell and Stewart P. Evans The Man Who Hunted Jack the Ripper new edition. 

Paul Woods and Gavin Baddeley’s Saucy Jack-The Elusive Ripper

John Bennett’s E1 a Journey through Whitechapel and Spitalfields

Robin Odell’s Written and Red

Tim Riordan’s Prince of Quacks

William Beadles Jack the Ripper Unmasked

Andrew Firth’s Past Traces

A History of British Serial Killers by David Wilson, uses Jack the Ripper as a starting point.


Brian L Porter’s sequel to a Study in Red, Legacy of the Ripper

John Gaspard’s Ripperologists

Rob Thompson’s From Hell- The Final Days of Jack the Ripper

Marcello Antelo’s Whitechapel 1888 is released in Italian, Marcello hope’s an English translation is available soon!!


Ripperologist’s run of articles by Robert Clack and Neil Bell

Paul Begg’s Leather Apron Article

Paul Begg and Chris George’s Harry Dam series

Andrew Spallek looks at the Druitt archives.

Simon Wood’s look at Tumblety and whether or not Inspector Andrews followed him to New York.

Jon Rees looked into the Ripper as a serial sexual murderer.

John Bennett and the lodging houses of Flower and Dean-street.

Jonathan Hainsworth and the legend of the drowned doctor.

John Savage’s excellent work on The Early Life of Roslyn D’Onston.

Jon Rees looked at textbook psychopaths.

Chris Scott’s continuing efforts to provide new, fresh, press reports.

Suzi Hanney on the life of a working Victorian donkey.

Suzi Hanney on the life of a working Victorian Horse.

The 100th Issue of Ripperologist with Don Rumbelow, Stewart Evans, Martin Fido, Paul Begg, Robin Odell… Stephen Ryder, How Brown, Jonathan Menges… Gareth Williams, John Bennett, Lauren Davis, Laura Prieto… the Peabody Trust, Bishopsgate Library, and the return of Christopher-Michael DiGrazia!!



MJ Trow’s Documentary on Robert Mann, aired on Discovery

Andrew Cook’s Documentary on the name “Jack the Ripper” Jack the Ripper- Tabloid Killer Revealed

ITV’s Whitechapel starring Rupert Penry Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton.

Rippercast, going from strength to strength and especially the one on one shows with Martin Fido and Stewart P. Evans.

JTR Forums Ripper Radio launched on you tube.


Ripper Conference in London


Jean Overton Fuller, author of Sickert and the Ripper Crimes, which pre-dates the Patricia Cornwell effort.  Fuller also wrote the Magical Dillema of Victor Neuburg, which features a chapter on Robert D’Onston Stephenson, Cremers, Collins, and Bernard O’Donnell.


It’s been quite a year with appearances in Hull Daily Mail, Hull Advertiser, on Radio Humberside and of course on BBC’s Look North. Then the Jack the Ripper- The Hull Connection Lecture at Carnegie Heritage Centre.

I am very pleased to announce that during the writing of this year in review, Adrian Morris, of the Whitechapel Society has kindly accepted an offer to write an overview of the Whitechapel Society and the Whitechapel Society Journal.


Four major events affected the Whitechapel Society this year:

The Whitechapel Society Short Story Competition

The Jeremy Beadle Lecture in aid of Children With Leukaemia

The invitation for the Whitechapel Society to be on the Bancroft Road Library & Archive Steering Group

The Victims’ Series in the Whitechapel Society Journal


This was launched earlier in 2009 and was eventually backed by the Book Trusts of both England and Scotland. The BBC Short Story Campaign also added their support.

The main coup, however, was the appointment of the renowned writer, Brian L. Porter to judge the entries. The entries duly flooded in.

Brian was so impressed by the entries that he decided that the top ten entries be put forward to be published in a separate portfolio by the publishers, Mythica.

It is the Whitechapel Society’s firm intention to repeat this competition again this year.

The most surprising aspect was that most entries came from people who do not have any connection with Ripper-based resources. Only one came via the Casebook!!


Was this the most successful event held this year by an organisation with a connection to the Ripper world? Maybe!

Held in October, (it is the intention to hold this event every year from now on), the JBL was based around a lecture by the great crime/Ripper author and Whitechapel Society contributor, Robin Odell. Robin spoke about the crisis caused by the Whitechapel murders as raising the social conscience of the nation at the time. Robin was also on hand to sign editions of his new book, Written & Red - the collected Ripper lectures he has produced over the years.

Later a very successful auction was held, organised by Liza Hopkinson and Philip Hutchinson. In conjunction with a later raffle and satellite events, the JBL helped raise the staggering sum of £1,700 all in aid of Jeremy Beadle’s favourite charity, Children with Leukaemia.


2008 saw a vociferous campaign by many local groups - including the Whitechapel Society - to save the Bancroft Library & Archive based in the Mile End. This vital archive holds a tremendous amount of historical data concerned with the history of the East End and the Whitechapel murders.

The campaign was ultimately successful and the local Council, Tower Hamlets, decided to therefore consult with these local groups who had been part of the campaign. One of these groups was the Whitechapel Society. This was to be realised in the form of a steering group to help decide on the refurbishment of the vital resource.


The remit of the Whitechapel Society Journal is to cover events within the Society, East End history and associated topics, but also the Whitechapel murders. In this I can only draw readers attention to the magnificent work Frogg Moody does on the production side of the Journal and the procurement of articles and contributors.

2009 saw the decision to embark on a series of Journals throughout the year centred on each of the famous victims of Jack the Ripper (whether they were, or not). So we started off with Martha Tabram in February, finishing with Mary Kelly in December.

February: Martha Tabram We had a revamped cover design which featured the murder of Tabram at George Yard. The main article was in fact a rare Star Interview with Jon Ogan entitled, The Forgotten Victim. The gist of the article was that Tabram WAS a Ripper victim.

Whitechapel Society Chairman and Ripper author, Bill Beadle produces a chairman’s message arguing the same.

Author and researcher, John Bennett begins and then continues his highly popular series, MAP OF THE DAY by looking at the area surrounding George Yard and how it has changed over the years. Bennett will produce more in this series for each murder site throughout the year.

Historian, George Fleming, who has had extensive military experience, looks at the Victorian soldiers’ bayonet, a weapon thought to have been used in Tabram’s murder.

Elsewhere, the editor does a review of the recent Jack the Ripper exhibition at the Dockland’s Museum provocatively entitled; Ripperologists need not apply!

Liverpool author, Chris Jones contributes a fascinating article on research he has done on Florence Maybrick in the U.S. I review his book on the Maybrick ‘diary’ elsewhere in this edition, giving it the thumbs up.

April: Mary Ann Nichols The front cover features an old photograph of members of the Nichols family. This has been restored by the Whitechapel Society and was sent in by the writers and researchers, Sue and Andy Parlour to accompany their article on the Nichols clan, centred mainly on William Nichols, a relative of theirs.

John Bennett produces a very well received article concerning the history of the board school in Durward Street (Bucks Row).

Whilst Robin Odell reviews the recent Ripper-based drama that had been on British television, Whitechapel and concludes that it is where “‘Spooks’ meets ‘The Sweeney’”.

June: Annie Chapman This edition includes a world exclusive article on Annie Chapman by Neal Shelden and some family history that had been uncovered about her. Classic stuff.

John Bennett looks at the changing face of Hanbury Street in his Map of the Day section.

Whitechapel Society Development Officer, Frogg Moody conducts a Star Interview with the author of the Sherlock Holmes meets Jack the Ripper novel, Lyndsay Faye.

I review a recent book by D. J. Leighton ‘Privileges & Pitfalls’. It is a superb biography of Ripper suspect, J.K. Stephen.

We also have time to include an article by Trevor Spinage concerning a previous ‘Open House’ day in the East End where various site, usually off-limits to the general public, are opened up to one and all.

August: Elizabeth Stride For some reason the Stride murder seems to instil intense debate within the Ripper world and this edition witnesses a Star Interview with the researcher and Stride authority, David Yost. Vital reading for anyone interested in the Ripper world, especially those interested in the vast debates around the Stride killing.

David Yost also includes an article on Elizabeth Stride entitled; Long Live Liz.

Intense research on the Stride family is updated by Dave Cuthbertson in an article entitled curiously, A Tangled Skein? 1888.

Elsewhere, there is a review of Whitechapel Society chairman, Bill Beadle’s recent book on William Bury by John Plant.

Also, we are able to report on a well attended book launch by John Bennett to promote the recent publication of his new book; E1 - A Journey Through Whitechapel & Spitalfields.

Trevor J. Wicks reports on the colourful history of a public house in his home city of Norwich that is known locally as The Murderers.

John Bennett could not produce a Map of the Day for this edition as, according to the Whitechapel Society Journal, he was “unwell” and was “recuperating in the sunny environs of Bournemouth conducting researches on old Victorian railway timetables covering the Dorset area with special interest being made of the Poole branch.”

October: Catherine Eddowes An astonishing article, and brilliantly footnoted one at that, by Cheyenne Kiernan. It is a comparative look at the murders of both Catherine Eddowes and Elizabeth Short otherwise known as the ‘Black Dahlia’. In both cases correspondences are supposedly to have come from their respective killers.

John Bennett ,fully fit and returned from his study of Victorian timetables in Dorset, takes us down memory lane and into Mitre Square with his regular feature, Map of the Day.

The editor of the Whitechapel Society Journal looks at the curious research Sue & Andy Parlours conducted on the purported shawl of Catherine Eddowes.

Frogg Moody takes time to look at the history of Kearley and Tonge, once of Mitre Square.

The editor is able to publish a review of John Bennett’s recent book, E1 and pronounce it a classic.

There is also a book review of Lyndsay Faye’s recent book, Dust & Shadow by Tim Rutten. Faye had been the subject of a Star Interview in the June edition of Whitechapel Society Jounal.

December: Mary Kelly The big talking point would undoubtedly be the previous event that had been held at the October meeting of the Whitechapel Society with the Jeremy Beadle Lecture which played host to Robin Odell and the associated auction and raffle helped raise £1,400 on the night! A full review of that night’s events was contained within this edition.

Also contained within this edition was a review of the recent Jack the Ripper Conference by Jackie Murphy. The event itself had been a great success and was capped by Robert Clack’s Life Time Achievement Award. However, is he a ‘nice man’ or ‘nicer man’? We can only but wonder!

The Kelly theme is explored within John Bennett’s regular Map of the Day. He indulges us with two features here. One for Miller’s Court and the other for Dorset Street.

Former Ripperologist editor, Paul Daniel produces an article along the Kelly theme looking at the later murder of Kitty Ronan in Miller’s Court. Full research is done, explored and presented here.

We publish the winning entry of the Whitechapel Society Short Story which is an excellent entry by Thana Niveau called From Hell to Eternity.

We also have opening comments from the judge, the world famous author, Brian L. Porter. There were also revelations by Brian that the top ten entries to this competition will be published in a portfolio by the publishers Mythica.

There is a review of Robin Odell’s recently published book, Written & Red.


Of course, there are other regular features contained within every edition of the Whitechapel Society Journal.

We have the editor and chairman’s comment. We have had the writer, Mickey Mayhew’s take on the Victim’s series that has won him quite a following.

We have the Off The Wall column by Robin Odell with his worthy takes on anything that is of interest to those interested.

We have all the news and views in the regular Central News Agency section that contains news of books, films and other releases and vital updates on East End history and events, especially concerning the status of Bancroft Library & Archive.

We have even seen members of the of the Whitechapel Society and its committee appear on television and radio. For instance, John Bennett was featured on the a Ripper documentary on television whilst both Mark Galloway (WS1888 founder and President) and Bill Beadle were interviewed for a BBC Radio Scotland documentary on the suspect William Bury. The editor was also on Nick Quinten Woolf’s Art Show on Xstream East Radio.


February: Maggie Bird - Jill the Ripper.

April: Bill Beadle - William Bury.

June: Philip Hutchinson - The Whitby Collection.

August: Yasha Beresiner - The Freemasons & Jack the Ripper.

December: The WS1888 Christmas Bash.

 Adrian Morris.

The final word

It has been an amazing year, and I thank you all for reading and following, there are some great things planned for 2010 and I am sure the finds will keep coming! 

Here is to another year, and another decade of research, books, magazines, shows, and happenings!

BBC Look North 17th June 2009

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Yesterday was a frantic race to film a short piece in Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery, including an interview, before the crew returned to edit it for a lunchtime slot.

Then an afternoon session was recorded to create the much longer piece on Look North last night.

The show was created as part of a look at Hull’s Hidden History, which will prove to be a popular slot, and was the first of what looks to be many looking into Hull’s past. 

What did strike me, was the fact that my statement on Stephenson being a Walter Mitty type charector, and being an inpatient at the London Hospital at the time of the murders was ommitted.

But, that small point aside, it was a valuble lesson in working with the local media, at creating awareness, and hopefully making others want to research the mystery themselves.


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Notable Finds,

Tim Riordan’s photo of Tumbelty. Philip Hutchinson’s Berner Street photo.

Andrew Spallek’s Druitt research and the mass of photo’s he uncovered!

ADAM Wood’s Lawende photo.  (Good old edit button!)

Written Word,

Jack the Ripper Casebook by Richard Jones, The National Archives in book form! The Worst Street in London by Fiona Rule, A well written piece, that helps create a vivid picture of the infamous Dorset-street!!The Prince, His Tutor and The Ripper, Deborah McDonald, a well researched and well written book!

The Maybrick A-Z, Chris Jones, The must have for those interested in the Maybrick family.

Elizabeth Stride and JTR, Dave Yost, a veritable treasure trove of information.The Ripper in Ramsgate, Chris Scott. A local historians dream!The Fox and the Flies, Charles Van Onselen. A thoroughly researched book.

A Study in Red, Brian L. Porter. A fictional romp involving a diary and JTR!!Audio Visual,

Jonathon Menges Rippercast set a new standard in Ripper Media, and to everyone that has participated in the shows.

All the people that helped get Casebook up and running after the crash! Stephen P Ryder, Casebook has expanded with a ripperwiki, and some really nice bloggs.

Howard and Nina Brown, for the JTR Forums Studies, a selection of articles and news stories for Ripperologists everywhere!

The documentary “The World Of Jack The Ripper” with Lindsay Siviter & Phil Hutchinson.A Study in Red, Brian L. Porter. With an Audio version announced, and a movie in the pipeline!!

Ripperologists, Chris Scott for his generous census work, newspaper transcriptions and for being such a nice bloke!

Philip Hutchinson and Rob Clack, these two men should be knighted for everything they do in and around London.Howard and Nina Brown, for their ongoing genealogy work and newspaper transcriptions

Everyone who has participated in Ripperologist, Ripper Notes and the Whitechapel Society.

Everyone who has participated in both JTR Forums and Ripper Casebook, and Rippercast!

Special mentions must go to Jon Reese, Brian L Porter, Howard Brown, Jonathon Menges, Christopher George and Stephen Leece, all of which have helped me loads this year. Many Thanks!!


The JTR exhibition at the London Docklands Museum, lets hope there is another soon!! The USA Ripper Conference, which saw many lectures given by Ripperologists such as Robert J McLaughlin and Philip Hutchinson, and run by Dan and Kelly Norder.

Gone, but never forgotten.

Jeremy Beadle, Wilf Gregg,

Julian Rosenthal,

Albert Johnson,

Things to look forward to in 2009!!

A Study in Red - The Movie! Whitechapel - The ITV crime thriller!

A UK Ripper Conf?

I will be meeting with a living relative of Robert D’Onston Stephenson next year!!

And another great year of people sharing and helping each other in their research. 

All the best for 2009!!

Jack the Ripper Documentaries, vol:1

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When I am not busy researching, reading and typing, I do like to chill out and search for music videos on video sharing website “Youtube”.

With a little time on your hands its amazing what you can find,

Here is a documentary Posted by a user called JohnPersonage,

Here is his homepage,

Here is part one of his documentary “Jack the Ripper”

here is part two of his documentary “Jack the Ripper”

Enjoy, comments are appreciated.

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