Friday News Bites: Police Misconduct, Human Rights + More

Greetings, Persephoneers. We have a varied roundup of news stories this week, but still quite a bit about police misconduct. Let’s get started, and we’ll end on an up-note, I promise.

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Catherine Eddowes, Aaron Kosminiski, and the Question of a Shawl

Imagine my initial surprise and delight this weekend when I saw the headline that Jack the Ripper had been identified as Aaron Kosminski from DNA gathered left on a shawl belonging to Catherine Eddowes. Then I read the article and saw the source of the news: The Daily Mail, which, okay, maybe, but then the claim started to look bad when it was mentioned that, oh, yeah, Russell Edwards, the current owner of the shawl, has a book coming out this week called Naming Jack the Ripper. Read More Catherine Eddowes, Aaron Kosminiski, and the Question of a Shawl

Book Review: From Whitechapel, by Melanie Clegg

As Jack the Ripper holds London in the grip of the autumn of terror, three very different young women find themselves thrown together to solve the mystery of a mysterious letter. Little do they know that the letter’s contents will take them into the heart of Whitechapel and bring some of them face to face with the killer himself. In her novel From Whitechapel, Melanie Clegg deftly weaves these women’s stories together with the sordid events that occurred in Whitechapel during the autumn of 1888. Read More Book Review: From Whitechapel, by Melanie Clegg

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Welcome to Ladyblogland, where all the writing is above average.

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What I Watched Last Night: A Very British Murder

Most of us have had a terrible week, with the weather being so cold and snowy and icy. There’s really nothing better to do than stay inside and watch TV or read a good mystery novel. Or you can do both if you watch the documentary A Very British Murder, presented by British historian Lucy Worsley, whose documentaries I always love. Read More What I Watched Last Night: A Very British Murder

Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: Murder by Decree

So Netflix screwed up again and didn’t send me The Lodger (grumble, grumble, grumble), but I have another Ripperology-related film to talk about. What is it? Murder by Decree, made in 1979 and directed by Bob Clark and starring Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Genevieve Bujold, Susan Clark (the mom in Webster), and Donald Sutherland, along with a bunch of other actors you’d know. Read More Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: Murder by Decree

Five Crossovers That Haven’t Happened But Need To

A few weekends ago, I caught the very end of Sharknado, which was so ridiculous, it was hilarious. But it needed a little something. Moby Dick, maybe? So, without further ado, here are five absurd crossovers that have never happened, but need to happen:

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Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: The Lodger (1944)

Hello, Persephoneers! Let’s celebrate the new look with a particular favorite classic film of mine, a historical thriller called The Lodger. This version of the film, based on Marie Belloc Lowndes’s novel of the same name, was made in 1944 and stars Merle Oberon, George Sanders, and Laird Cregar.

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