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

Terror in the East End: The Whitechapel Real Time Twitter Account

Got an interest in social history and the way the average person lived in Victorian London, or just have a strange fascination for the macabre? Have I got a Twitter account for you! Since this year marks the 125th anniversary of the Whitechapel murders, a group of Ripperologists and The History Press have put together the Whitechapel Real Time account over at Twitter, which gives day-by-day, real-time accounts of what was going on in London at the time of the murders, just as if Twitter were reporting it. Read More Terror in the East End: The Whitechapel Real Time Twitter Account

A Case of Missing White Woman Syndrome: The Cult of Obsession Around Mary Kelly

In the early morning of November 9, 1888, in a dingy little room, a young woman’s life was ended in a most violent and brutal fashion. Mary Jane Kelly, aged twenty-five years old, would become the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. Read More A Case of Missing White Woman Syndrome: The Cult of Obsession Around Mary Kelly

Polly Nichols and the Republican Platform

Here’s one thing I think we all know: I want to be a writer. I’m working on something else right now, but the next novel I’ll be concentrating on is a paranormal historical concerning the Whitechapel murders of 1888. This means I had to do a lot of research into the time period, including the social conditions of London’s East End at the time, which we all know weren’t pretty. There was no social safety net, and since women had no legal rights at the time, they were pretty much left to fend for themselves, particularly after their marriages broke up. Read More Polly Nichols and the Republican Platform