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.
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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:
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.
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.
Last night I was able to finally catch the first episode of the new BBC series “Ripper Street.” The period drama is set in London’s East End in 1889, six months after the last canonical Jack the Ripper murder. It follows a pair of detectives working in Scotland Yard’s H Division and the American former […]
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 […]