RipperCon 2018 in Baltimore is on track to happen two weeks from today in Baltimore, Maryland.
Don't miss out on the only
North American conference on the Whitechapel Murders in the landmark 130th year of the crimes. Spaces still available but there are only 50 places so book now. Go to www.RipperCon.com
for complete details. If you miss this edition of RipperCon the next is expected to be in 2020 in Buffalo, New York!
The talks will be held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the College's 90-year-old Italianate Main Building in Room 110 off Statuary Hall beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 7, with a walking and driving tour and a reception the previous afternoon and evening (i.e., Friday). See website.
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Main Building, Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore - Venue for the daytime talks at RipperCon 2018
Statuary Hall in the Main Building at MICA. Talks are scheduled for Room 110 in the left hand corner
Our flagship hotel, the Lord Baltimore, in downtown Baltimore is awaiting your stay. That's from whence our tours will depart Friday and Monday, where the Friday reception will be held and the Saturday evening dinner and program.
According to our deal with the hotel, the rooms at the Lord Baltimore are $159.00 per night. Here is the information on how to book —
Room reservations will be made by attendees on an individual basis. Individuals should contact the Toll Free Reservations at 855.539.1928. In order to qualify for the Group Room Rate, potential attendees were being asked earlier this month to make their reservations by Wednesday, March 7, which was modified to March 16, I can see if the management will still honor that arrangement. I will be very pleased to ask them for you.
In any case, our arrangement with the hotel was that attendees must ask for the group id 1804RIPPER or RipperCon rate when making their reservation. Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of this reservation.
All reservations must be guaranteed by one night’s deposit, a major credit card or by the Group Master Account. In addition, at the time of check-in each guest will be required to present a valid credit card for any incidental charges they may incur during their stay. You can may also go to the hotel website http://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com/)
. Click on reservations and enter the group ID 1804RIPPER.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Baltimore in a fortnight's time (or a FORTNIT's TIME as they say over here in the US of A. Are you listening Jackie Murphy????
*That's okay, we Statesiders are always happy to welcome Furriners despite what you might hear from that man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
SATURDAY, April 7, MICA, Room 110
8:00 am - registration in Room 110, music provided by Tom Reyes starting 8:00 am, coffee, tea, and refreshments
9:00 am - welcome by the Dean of MICA and by M/C Jackie Murphy
9:10 am - Christopher T. George, “The Legend of Jack the Ripper”
10:00 am - Jackie Murphy, “Jack the Ripper's London”
11:00 am - Mikita Brottman, “A Morbid Curiosity: Murder in the Old Belvedere Hotel, Baltimore, 2006”
ca 12 noon to 1:00 pm - Lunch and Chesapeake Collectibles-style trivia and memorabilia hour with invited guests talking about and displaying items in their collections; will not
include Francis Tumblety's watch let alone the alleged Maybrick watch... but we will briefly discuss the "Ripper" letter expected to be sold at auction in Folkestone, England, later in April.
1:00 pm - Bernard Beaulé, “Tumblety: Historical and Criminal Evidence Issues”
2:00 pm - Carla Anderton, “There’s Something About Mary: Whitechapel’s Darkest Night, November 9, 1888
3:00 pm - Ripper Fiction Panel moderated by Janis Wilson, with Carla Anderton, Bernard Beaulé, Matt Leyshon, and possibly K. W. Taylor, Sam Gafford, and Kevin Carmichael, either via Skype, conference call, or in person
4:00 pm - Charles Tumosa, “A Policeman’s Lot Is Not a Happy One” - How civilian conflicts with the police alter crime suppression and investigation.
5:00 pm, MICA talks end for day
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, dinner at the Lord Baltimore Hotel folowed by two-hour program with Tom DiVenti and another speaker or performer
SUNDAY, April 8, MICA, Room 110
9:00 am - Brian W. Schoeneman - “Sir Charles Warren, the Metropolitan Police, and the Whitechapel Murders”
10:00 am - Janis Wilson - “Could Sherlock Holmes Have Solved the Ripper Case?”
11:00 pm - Chris Jones - “The Maybricks of Liverpool: More George & Ringo than Lennon & McCartney?”
ca 12 noon to 1:00 pm - Lunch at MICA featuring an appearance by President James Madison, our shortest president! The guy who let those bladdy Brits burn the White House!
1:00 pm - Amy Branam Armiento - “‘How calmly I can tell you the whole story’: Murder in Edgar Allan Poe’s Fiction”
2:00 pm - Christopher T. George - “The Devil in Mr Deeming”
3:00 pm - David Sterritt - “Red Riding, the Yorkshire Ripper on Film”
4:00 pm - Casey Smith - “William Joseph Ibbett (1858-1934): Poet, Printer, Piquerist, Ripper Suspect?”
5:00 pm - General Discussion - “Who Was Jack the Ripper - Will We Ever Know?”... and Trivia Competition/Live Auction (fundraiser benefit for this series of Ripper-True Crime conferences as well as Chris George's annual War of 1812 symposium series. Contact CTG if interested in his War of 1812 events).
6:00 pm - conference ends. Thanks in advance for coming and supporting this conference series which is meant to educate and illuminate the public as well as those who think they already know about the case. They do not, Rippermates!
Printed program is being assembled at this time and will include Friday free walking and/or driving tour of downtown Baltimore led by yours truly (2:00 to 5:00 pm pm starting from the Lord Baltimore Hotel), Friday evening (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm) reception at the hotel, 7:00 pm Saturday dinner at hotel and Monday bus tour of Baltimore.
NOTE! URGENT! Speakers and guests, I need to know a head count for the Friday and Monday tours, the Friday reception 8:00 pm and dinner Saturday night 7:00 pm. Thanks in advance!