On Friday the 23rd of November, 1888, The Flintshire County Herald treated its readers to summary of a performance that had been given in London by the celebrated thought-reader Stuart Cumberland:- THOUGHT-READING AND THE DETECTION OF CRIME At […]Read Article
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Approaching the Jack the Ripper murders with tunnel vision – what I mean by that is just focussing on the Whitechapel atrocities – can mean that one misses so much of the everyday life that was going on […]Read Article
If the truth be told, if you lived in Whitechapel or Spitalfields in 1888, you were probably more in danger of dying from cholera, typhoid, measles, smallpox, being trampled by a horse, falling into the River Thames in […]Read Article
It is often stated that Jack the Ripper was the first modern serial killer. There is even a 2006 documentary titled “Jack the Ripper:- The First Serial Killer.” NOT THE FIRST SERIAL KILLER However, he was unequivocally not […]Read Article
In the early years of the 19th century, the expression “to tap the Admiral” had become popular with sailors in the Royal Navy, and it meant to get a free drink from a commanding officer, sometimes by what […]Read Article
One of the biggest myths about the perpetrator of the Whitechapel murders is that the killer’s name, whoever he, or she, was, was Jack the Ripper. I can say, hand on heart, and without any fear of contradiction […]Read Article
Throughout the last two months of 1888 and on into 1889 and beyond, there were numerous reports of men who appeared in court on charges of attacking women in the streets. Many of these attacks were linked by […]Read Article
It is inevitable that a case as infamous as that of the Jack the Ripper murders should, over the years, have become the subject of an awful lot of myth making. Even at the time of the atrocities […]Read Article
A top hat, or a “topper” was an essential part of a Victorian gentleman’s wardrobe, and no self-respecting toff would be seen on the streets without one. The lower classes, with social pretensions also liked to wear one, […]Read Article
In a previous article, that showed the dangers of sudden violence in the streets of Whitechapel, I covered the murder of John Grey by Patrick Cullerty. There now follows and account of the trial of Cullerty and his […]Read Article