JACK THE RIPPER MYSTERY

The House of Mystery Radioshow has been on the air for ten years, interviewing guests knowledgeable in the world's mysteries in science, religion, history, the paranormal, conspiracies, etc. The House of Mystery Interviews Series does not attempt to solve these mysteries. Instead, each volume will provide the main points discussed during the show while interviewing the experts. The series will be an excellent reference for researchers and a good overview for those unfamiliar with each case. Links to the podcasts are included. 

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Scotland Yard's "Whitechapel Murder File," in which Jack the Ripper had a starring role, went cold before it could be solved. Yet the fascination with this mystery continues today. Ripperologists passionately debate suspects, opinions, research methods, and theories. Even which victims should be included in the case is widely debated. Astonishingly, the work continues. Today, Ripperologists are still finding new clues in this 132-year-old crime that brings us closer to solving the mystery.  

Volume 1 of the House of Mystery Interviews Series, "Jack the Ripper," covers the ultimate 'who-done-it" mystery of 1888 London's Whitechapel. The list of credible and diverse thinkers interviewed on the show includes world-renowned historian Neil Storey, the Godfather of Ripper Research, Paul Begg, Ripperologists, Paul Williams, Tom Wescott, Adam Wood, and Steve Blomer. Michael Hawley contributes his unprecedented scientific approach to the case. Suspect Ripperologists Jeff Mudgett, whose great-great-grandfather was serial killer H.H. Holmes, weighs in, and Russell Edwards, who believes he solved the case through DNA, provides his opinion.  

THE INTERVIEWS

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MATT LEYSHON 

Author

Investigative Reporter Carl Axford is offered the story of a lifetime. When recruited by Limbo, (a covert group that uses unique technology to solve cold cases), Axford is presented the chance to crack the greatest cold case in existence. Catch Jack The Ripper!

The opportunity of a front row seat to the Jack The Ripper murders seems too good to be true. What will Axford discover in 1888? Will he be able to identify history’s greatest criminal and bring him to justice? Or does Victorian Whitechapel hold further secrets that influence events of the past as well as the present?

Jack The Ripper may not be the only mystery Axford has to solve.

Ripperology awards two books in their Book of the Year competition among the Ripper Community. This was the first year a Fiction Award was presented and Live and UnCut has won the inaugural Fiction Award.

March 15, 2022

Interview with Author Matt Leyshon about his book 'Jack the Ripper: Live and Uncut '

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SIMON D. WOOD 

Author

Jack the Ripper did not exist.

This second, expanded, edition of Simon Daryl Wood's award-winning book continues to reveal the endless stream of lies, invention, political misinformation, self-publicity and opportunism which has kept this Victorian bogeyman alive in the darkest reaches of our 21st Century imaginations. It introduces characters many readers may not have encountered before, takes a closer look at some of Ripperology's sacred texts, and provides additional facts, allowing for a better understanding of the people, places and events surrounding the Whitechapel murders of 1888.

Book of the Year 2015.
Finalist, International Book Awards, 2016

March 14, 2022

RUSSELL EDWARDS

RUSSELL EDWARDS
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #1)

Author of Naming Jack the Ripper

Bringing together ground-breaking forensic discoveries - including vital DNA evidence - and gripping historical detective work, Naming Jack the Ripper constructs the first truly convincing case for identifying the world's most notorious serial killer. In 2007, businessman Russell Edwards bought a shawl believed to have been left beside the body of the fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes. He knew that, if genuine, the shawl would be the only piece of crime scene evidence still in existence. It was the start of an extraordinary seven-year quest for Russell as he sought to authenticate the shawl and learn its secrets. He had no idea that this journey would take him so far.

2015

About the Interview:

Interview with author Russell Edwards discussing his book Naming Jack the Ripper. 

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TOM WESCOTT - BANK HOLIDAY MURDERS
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #2)

Authors

Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of London’s East End from August through November of 1888 in what is dubbed the ‘Autumn of Terror’. However, the grisly ripping of Polly Nichols on August 31st was not the first unsolved murder of the year. The April murder of Emma Smith and the August murder of Martha Tabram both occurred on bank holidays. They baffled the police and press alike and were assumed by the original investigators to have been the first murders in the series. Were they correct? 

In this provocative work of literary archeology, author Tom Wescott places these early murders in their proper historical context and digs to unearth new evidence and hard facts not seen in over 125 years. 
The Bank Holiday Murders is the only book of its kind. It eschews the tired approach of unsatisfying ‘final solutions’ in favor of solid research, logical reasoning and new information. The clues followed are not drawn from imagination but from the actual police reports and press accounts of the time. The questions asked by Wescott are ones first suggested by the original investigators but lost to time until now. The answers provided are compelling and sometimes explosive. 

August 9 , 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with author Tom Wescott  about his book Bank Holiday Murders 

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JEFF MUDGETT - AMERICAN RIPPER
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #3)

Author & H. H. Holmes' Great-Grandson

Herman Mudgett, whose alias was H.H. Holmes, is believed to have been the first serial killer in America, potentially responsible for as many as 200 murders in the late 19th century. Around the same time, Jack the Ripper famously killed at least five people on the streets of London. In this series, Jeff Mudgett -- Holmes' great-great-grandson -- tries to prove a controversial theory that Holmes and Jack the Ripper were the same person. Mudgett has spent 20 years researching his ancestor, and he uses that information, combined with 21st-century science and technology, to team with former CIA analyst Amaryllis Fox to launch an investigation that could solve one of history's biggest cold cases.

Nov. 4, 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with Author Jeff Mudgett discussing his series American Ripper 

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NEIL STOREY
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #4)

Author of Dracula Secrets: Jack the Ripper and the Darkest Sources of Bram Stoker

An investigation of the evidence for links between Dracula and Jack the Ripper, containing original research and previously unpublished and rare materials/illustrations—as well as an evocative exploration of the theater and esoteric scene in 1880s LondonSince its publication in 1897, there have been suggestions that the fictional exploits of Dracula were more closely associated with Jack the Ripper than a Transylvanian Count. Historian Neil Storey provides the first British-based investigation of the sources used by Stoker and paints an evocative portrait of Stoker, his influences, friends, and the London he knew in the late 19th century. Among Stoker's group of friends, however, were dark shadows. Storey explores how Stoker created Dracula out of the climate of fear that surrounded the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. Add to this potent combination the notion that Stoker may have known Jack the Ripper personally and hidden the clues to this terrible knowledge in his book. The premise is seductive and connects some of the giants of stage and literature of late Victorian Britain. Having gained unprecedented access to the unique archive of one of Stoker's most respected friends and the dedicatee of Dracula, Storey sheds new light on both Stoker and Dracula, and reveals startling new insights into the links between Stoker's creation and the most infamous murderer of all time

2016

TOM WESCOTT

TOM WESCOTT
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #5)

Author of Ripper Confidential: New Research on the Whitechapel Murders

Groundbreaking history and exciting investigative journalism combine in a work jam-packed with newly unearthed finds and fresh insights that pull us deeper into the world of Jack the Ripper and closer to the man himself. Wescott does not promote a suspect but instead comprehensively investigates the murders of Polly Nichols and Elizabeth Stride, bringing to light new medical evidence, crucial new material on important witnesses, and – revealed for the first time – the name of a woman who may have met Jack the Ripper and survived to tell the tale.

July 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with author Tom Wescott discussing his book Ripper Confidential: New Research on the Whitechapel Murders.

MICHAEL HAWLEY

MICHAEL HAWLEY
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #6)

Author

Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety highlights the most recent groundbreaking discoveries concerning one of Scotland Yard’s top Jack the Ripper suspects in the 1888 Whitechapel Murders Investigation, Dr. Francis Tumblety. Among the discoveries is over 700 pages of never-seen-before sworn testimonies revealing not only a picture of an antisocial narcissist with a single-minded lifelong drive for exploitation but also damning evidence that he may indeed have been the Whitechapel fiend.

Jan. 21, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with author Michael Hawley about his book, Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety.

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PAUL WILLIAMS
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #7)

Author

In the autumn of 1888, a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked the East End of London. He was never identified, but hundreds of people were accused. Some were known to the authorities at the time, and others were named by later researchers. The truth about them, and the reasons why they came under suspicion, is often lost in a plethora of opinions and misinformation. For the first time, this book presents the evidence against 333 suspects. They include the publican who painted his dog, the first woman sentenced to the electric chair, the writer of the Red Flag, the man with a thousand convictions, Britain’s oldest Prime Minister, and many others. People from all walks of nineteenth century life, representing many different nationalities and professions. United by a link, however tenuous, to the most famous murderer in history.

April 10, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Paul Williams about his books and Research on his book Ripper Suspects; The Definitive Guide and Encyclopedia

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PAUL BEGG
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #8)

Author

Using contemporary documents, police files, Home Office papers and newspaper reports, 'Jack the Ripper: The Facts' recreates the notorious crimes and police investigation of 1888 to provide the best available overview of the 'Great Victorian Mystery', the greatest unsolved, true crime story of all time. Written by one of the world's foremost authorities on the case, this is a completely rewritten and fully updated edition of Begg's classic title Jack the Ripper. It follows the crimes chronologically and records the most significant events, witness testimonies and aspects of the police investigation. As well as objectively examining the primary police suspects, Begg provides a fascinating and authoritative insight into related political issues and background events

March 10, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Paul Begg about his books and Research on his book The Facts 

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ADAM WOOD
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #9)

Author

Donald Sutherland Swanson was born in the remote far north of Scotland, leaving for London in 1867 at the age of 19 and initially working as a City clerk.
The following year he joined the Metropolitan Police and began patrolling the streets of the capital as a uniformed constable. 35 years later he retired as Superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department, the top detective in the country.
Set against the backdrop of the developing Metropolitan Police, this book tells the story of a life and career which included railway murderers, grave robbers, fraudulent mediums, Jack the Ripper, the Philosopher’s Stone, Fenian dynamite campaigns, shocking revelations about the aristocracy and a crazed captain with sea serpents in a bottle.
Linking it all together is Donald Swanson, whose application letter to the Metropolitan Police spoke of a desire for “a good opening”. After reading his story, the reader will be left in little doubt that he made the most of the opportunities which came his way.

May 15, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Adam Wood about his books and Research on his book Swanson; Victorian Detective

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STEVEN BLOMER
(JACK THE RIPPER INTERVIEWS #10)

Author

Inside Bucks Row is the first of a number of planned volumes on the Whitechapel Murders by author Steve Blomer. It deals with the first of the Jack the Ripper murders, that of Mary Ann „Polly“ Nichols in Buck’s Row on 31 August 1888. In his book, Blomer examines all the details surrounding the murder and the murder location

April 14, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Steven Blomer about his books and Research on his book Inside Bucks Row

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J.J. HAINSWORTH & CHRISTINE WARD-AGIUS
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Authors

Educator and author Jonathan Hainsworth is a high school History and English teacher with over thirty years experience. Australian born, Jonathan was raised in Adelaide and is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. Jonathan's first book, an academic work, Jack the Ripper-Case Solved 1891 (McFarland USA 2015) was essentially an exploration of Scotland Yard Chief Sir Melville Macnaghten and his involvement in the "Jack the Ripper" case

Christine Ward-Agius was born in Adelaide, South Australia and is a researcher and artist.The insight about the causes and effects of poverty gained from this area of work gave Christine an added interest while assisting her partner Jonathan Hainsworth when writing his first book on "Jack the Ripper."

August 9 , 2021

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ROBERT J. HARRIS
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author

A killer going by the name of “Crimson Jack” is stalking the wartime streets of London, murdering women on the exact dates of the infamous Jack the Ripper killings of 1888. Has the Ripper somehow returned from the grave? Is the self-styled Crimson Jack a descendant of the original Jack—or merely a madman obsessed with those notorious killings?
In desperation Scotland Yard turn to Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest detective. Surely he is the one man who can sift fact from legend to track down Crimson Jack before he completes his tally of death. As Holmes and the faithful Watson tread the blacked out streets of London, death waits just around the corner.
Inspired by the classic film series from Universal Pictures starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, which took Sherlock Holmes to the 1940s, this is a brand-new adventure from a talented author who brilliantly evokes one of mystery fiction’s most popular characters.

August 2, 2021

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Robert J. Harris  about his book 'A Study in Crimson: Sherlock Holmes 1942

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ANDREW FIRTH
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author/ Historian

When the American author Jack London ventured into the East End in the summer of 1902 to research the hopeless living conditions so typical of the area, he was to witness such sights as the cramped living conditions in shabby Frying Pan Alley, the revolting menial tasks that inmates of the Whitechapel casual ward carried out to pay for a dismal bed and a frugal meal of bread and ‘skilly’. In his book “The People of the Abyss”, a written account of his experiences, he relayed the tale of Dan Cullen, a resident of one of Whitechapel’s municipal dwellings, whose worsening health had forced him to move into the old Temperance Hospital, near Euston station.

Sept 4 , 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Andrew Firth about his books and Research on Pictures of the Abyss

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ROBERT CRAWFORD
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author/ Blogger

November 22, 1888. Young cameraman Scott Carson fires two shots. A body falls into the Thames, ending Buffalo Bill’s team’s battle with Jack the Ripper. The ship sails to New York and no one says a word about the killing and everyone uneasily resumes their lives. Then on New Year’s Eve, 1899, Carson sees a ghost from his past- On the Brooklyn Bridge during a fireworks display, he photographs what is unmistakably Jack the Ripper. Terrified, he flees New York City, leaving all his family and friends behind.
But the Ripper hasn’t forgotten Carson and his supposed treachery. And for the next 23 years, the infamous Whitechapel killer stalks Carson, slashing through any human obstacle standing in the way. Against a spectacular historical backdrop, HOLLYWOODLAND tracks the Ripper’s progress through the concrete canyons of New York City, Buffalo Bill’s legendary Irma Hotel, the fabled dream factory of Thomas Ince’s Inceville on the Malibu coast, to the battlefields of World War I France, ending with a heart-stopping finale at, yes, the original sign that once read HOLLYWOODLAND.

February  5 , 2021

Interview with Crime Fiction Author ROBERT CRAWFORD about his book 'HOLLYWOODLAND'

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MARK VOGEL
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author

History professor Henry Willows is in love—in love with Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper. Although over a century distant, Henry’s obsession knows no bounds. With the aid of an ingenious physicist, Henry achieves his raison d'être: a means to travel back in time, stop the world’s most infamous serial killer, and save the woman he loves. But the fabric of time isn’t easy to change . . . and the Ripper has plans of his own.

Feb 22, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Author Mark Vogel discussing his book The Ripper's Time

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TRACY I'ANSON
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author/ Historian

Jacob Levy came to the attention of researchers Neil and Tracy I'Anson many years ago. Their continuing research has brought new evidence to light; sifting through hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of information from various research facilities they came across new undiscovered facts that strengthened their theory, and helped piece together the life of Jacob Levy, including the startling fact that their suspect was a first cousin of Joseph Hyam Levy, the witness at Mitre Square who appeared to be shocked when spotting a man with a woman who was later identified as victim Catherine Eddowes; The Evening News reported that "Mr Levy is absolutely obstinate and refuses to give the slightest information and he leaves one to infer that he knows something but that he is afraid to be called on the inquest."

JACOB THE RIPPER goes some way to explaining the movements of the Whitechapel murderer, the graffiti at Goulston Street, the actions of the police, the ‘Lipski’ link, and ultimately what happened to the murderer. 

Sept 30 , 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Tracy I'anson about her books and Research on Jacob the Ripper 

RANDY WILLIAMS

RANDY WILLIAMS
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author of Sherlock Holmes And The Autumn of Terror

Everyone knows the name of Sherlock Holmes -- the fictional detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle with his superhuman powers of observation and unbeatable methodology for solving crimes. But could his 1800’s philosophy really work in the modern world to solve genuine crimes? That’s the very question that a real-life US-based private detective asked himself before embarking on the adventure of a lifetime by stepping into Holmes’ shoes and using his mindset to solve real crimes. So effective was this method that he decided to turn his attention to the greatest set of crimes known in history -- the brutal murders perpetrated by the criminal who came to be known as Jack the Ripper. 

Nov. 10, 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with author Randy Williams discussing his book Sherlock Holmes and the Autumn of Terror.

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NEIL R. STOREY
(JACK THE RIPPER)

Author/ Historian

Jostling for position in this cornucopia of the criminal and the curious are diverse tales of baby farmers, garrotters, murderers, poisoners, prostitutes, pimps, rioters and rebels. Other tales tell of those who walked the poverty-stricken streets of 'the abyss', trying to earn a few honest coppers by the most unusual and desperate occupations, from tater man to tosher. This colourful cast of characters is accompanied by accounts of prisons and punishments, as well as a liberal smattering of funerals, executions, disasters and bizarre events. If it's horrible, if it's ghastly, if it's strange, its here - and if you have the stomach for it, then read on.

June 17, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with author Neil R. Storey about his books and Research on Grim Almanac of Jack the Ripper's London