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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Finding the Missing Link. . . good luck!

    The set of vintage postcards shown below is looking for a good home, so step up to help the U.S. Jack the Ripper conference series, restarted in 2016 after an unfortunate hiatus!

    Also -- yes indeed! -- our last 2018 trivia question could still net a very nice prize for the person who answers correctly. Remember, the question is what connects the AMC series "The Terror" to Baltimore. This illustration might well give you yet another clue! Am I making this too bloody easy?!!!!


    Originally posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi all

    In order to fund our upcoming U.S. Jack the Ripper Conferences (stay tuned for more information, to be announced shortly) and critically at the present time to help pay off what is owed for RipperCon just held in Baltimore -- specifically the bill at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

    We offer now the following bargain, the first of many to be put on the Ann Boleyn's block in coming days. Come on, stick your neck out! And keep your dial set right here. . . Signed Ripper books, ephemera, all is to be sold, and all for a bloody good cause!



    Set of eleven Valentine's London postcards in torn envelope, as shown in first pic above, $20 postpaid to North American addresses (U.S., Canada and Mexico); $30 to non-NAFTA nations. Cards look to be 1930s era -- ten postcards of sepia tone plus one additional color photo of the Scots Guards marching out of Buckingham Palace.

    Good luck!

    Chris
    Last edited by ChrisGeorge; 04-22-2018, 08:12 AM.

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Originally posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Still need an answer to this trivia question, Playmates. A "nise" prize is to be won. This is last of #RipperCon 2018 swagerama giveaway (feel free to bid on the stuff I am now putting up for sale to help pay for the event).

    Here's the question:

    What connects the AMC TV series "The Terror" to Baltimore????

    Good luck!



    "The Terror" on AMC

    So here's another clue to help you along --

    "The Dawn's Early Light"
    What happened to all you bloody patriots out there???

    Astonishing. I saved $500 on Geico. . .
    Last edited by ChrisGeorge; 04-22-2018, 02:57 AM.

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Still need an answer to this trivia question, Playmates. A "nise" prize is to be won. This os last of #RipperCon 2018 swagerama giveaway (feel free to bid on the stuff I am now putting up for sale to help pay for the event).

    Originally posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Yes, folks! Our RipperCon swagerama giveaway is back and will operate each day until we kick off the conference in Baltimore. . . . with a walking/driving tour at 2:00 pm Friday. . . Complete details at www.RipperCon.com. Don't let the prize go to someone elsewhere.

    Want a clue? The answer will shake you to your core!

    Good luck!



    "The Terror" on AMC

    Here's the question:

    What connects The Terror to Baltimore.
    So here's another clue to help you along --

    "The Dawn's Early Light"

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Hi all

    In order to fund our upcoming RipperCon Jack the Ripper Conference 2020 (stay tuned for more information, to be announced shortly) and critically at the present time to help pay off what is owed for RipperCon just held in Baltimore -- specifically the bill at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

    We offer now the following bargain, the first of many to be put on the Ann Boleyn's block in coming days. Come on, stick your neck out! And keep your dial set right here. . . Signed Ripper books, ephemera, all is to be sold, and all for a bloody good cause!



    Set of eleven Valentine's London postcards in torn envelope, as shown in first pic above, $20 postpaid to North American addresses (U.S., Canada and Mexico); $30 to non-NAFTA nations. Cards look to be 1930s era -- ten postcards of sepia tone plus one additional color photo of the Scots Guards marching out of Buckingham Palace.

    Good luck!

    Chris

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Originally posted by c.d. View Post
    Now for the most important question -- Did anybody embarrass themselves through excess drinking?

    c.d.
    Hi c.d. --

    Given that I blacked out form excessive drinking I really can't tell you if anyone embarrassed themselves. Still that was better than falling out of a chair (to be fair, from exhaustion) as I did at Liverpool last September.

    Cheers

    Chris

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  • Hercule Poirot
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    Originally posted by c.d. View Post
    Now for the most important question -- Did anybody embarrass themselves through excess drinking?

    c.d.
    I honestly believe we all forgot to drink or celebrate under any acceptable gentlemens' rules. I had 3 Margaritas over a 5 hour period which is way under the usual conference standards, if I remember Liverpool last September.

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  • c.d.
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    Now for the most important question -- Did anybody embarrass themselves through excess drinking?

    c.d.

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  • Hercule Poirot
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    Originally posted by GUT View Post
    Thanks mate a couple Iím looking forward to hearing
    All speakers had 45 minutes plus 15 minutes of Q&A. We all had material for hours and had to cut some corners. My Tumblety paper (see link above) will probably give you a better idea of what I intended to offer.
    Cheers,
    Hercule

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  • GUT
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    Thanks mate a couple I’m looking forward to hearing

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  • Hercule Poirot
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    Originally posted by jmenges View Post
    Rippercast will be releasing many of the presentations from Baltimore.
    So... stay tuned.

    JM
    I forgot my digital recorder at my hotel the first day, but recorded everything on day 2. So I appreciate knowing that the presentations will be available.

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  • jmenges
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    Rippercast will be releasing many of the presentations from Baltimore.
    So... stay tuned.

    JM

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  • GUT
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    Thanks for the report Hercule

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  • Hercule Poirot
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    Baltimore 2018 Conference feedback

    I came back from the Baltimore conference and would like to share my thoughts not only as one of the speakers but as a participant.

    I expected a much larger audience but prefer focusing on the content.

    The topics covered were fascinating. If I compare them to last September's Liverpool conference which I attended simply as 10-12 year Ripper enthusiast, I must say I can't say which one I preferred.

    Chris introduced the conference by making us one more time aware of the fragility in the way we have considered each and every one of the suspects.

    Jackie Murphy offered us a view of London's Ripper danger zone not only with photos, but with these chilling words only she knows to throw carrying us 130 years ago as if we were there. A living Victorian-era encyclopedia, and such a loveable woman.

    Mikita Brottman intrigued all of us with this mysterious death of Rey Rivera, a Baltimore filmmaker who had no apparent reasons to end his life or being murdered. (http://www.wbaltv.com/article/suicid...viewed/7054411)

    As a speaker, I shared my thoughts on historical and criminal evidence issues regarding Francis Tumblety. Bias and interpretation weaknesses are two mine fields many walk into thinking they can survive simply by ignoring them. Having a rather neutral point of view, I didn't dismiss Tumblety even making it clear that what Michael Hawley has been doing for the past 10 years should inspire us in terms of methodological JTR approach. I wrote a paper for my presentation, which is available on my blog. (https://jardinerodemerida.blogspot.com/)

    Janis Wilson, Matt Leyshon and I then discussed many aspects when it comes to writing a JTR related fiction novel, research, original idea triggering our story, character building, historical reference adaptations, etc.

    Charles Tumosa, a criminal justice forensic expert, examined how civilian conflicts with the police alter crime suppression and investigation. What came out was a serious race issue based on various statistical data sources. Participants commentated by pointing out survey measurement of perceptions focusing only on race might introduce a serious bias.

    On day 2, Janis Wilson had us wonder if Sherlock Holmes could have found the Ripper based on an overlook of all the methods he used in the cases he was given. No, was her answer, although I mentioned that Holmes using a different approach in each case could have found an unusual way to handle the Ripper case had he been asked to take it. I'm waiting for Doyle's reincarnation, hoping he will respond.

    Chris Jones presented us the facts behind the Florence and James Maybrick case. An open-minded presentation it was. Although simply offering us the raw data as well as the often contradictory evidence, Chris surely made us realize that the weakness of any conclusion against Florence and in favor of James is almost obvious.

    Amy Branam Arminiento delighted us with the way Edgar Allan Poe wrote about murders in his fiction. Her master's degree on literature and Killers as well as her PhD on Egdar Allen Poe allowed her to deliver a 'wow' feeling on how Poe mastered the art of horror thrilling.

    If you hadn't ever heard of Deeming, you would have enjoyed Christopher George's presentation of this horrible person. His modus operandi, signature, victim targets and staging are nothing else than a typical 'Res ipsa loquitur' case which can only result in dismissing him as a JTR suspect.

    Sadly, I missed Davis Sterrit's 'Red Ridding, the Yorshire Ripper on film' presentation.

    Of course, there wouldn't be a Ripper conference without the introduction of a new suspect. Casey Smith covered this intriguing man named William Joseph Ibbeit. Even if you don't believe in character evidence, Casey offered us many elements on who Ibbeit was, how he behaved, what he wrote and compare it with what we know of many other suspects, one can only say "This guy is more than sick. I wouldn't trust him even if I had known him for years". Casey has recently begun his research and I, among many other participants, think he should keep investigating although a long and bumpy road will certainly be ahead of him.

    To conclude, this was an exceptional event for me, having had the chance to spend much more time with all the speakers and participants than I had in Liverpool. Spending hours with Christopher George, a living legend, IMHO, as well as with Joe Chetcuti, Chris Jones and Jackie Murphy, building friendships with many such as the author Matt Leyshon. What can I say? The words are simple and come from the bottom of my hearth, "Thank you, all of you."

    For more details about the speakers: http://rippercon.com/rippercon-speakers-2016-18/
    Last edited by Hercule Poirot; 04-10-2018, 08:08 PM. Reason: page seeting

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Originally posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Yes, folks! Our RipperCon swagerama giveaway is back and will operate each day until we kick off the conference in Baltimore with a walking/driving tour at 2:00 pm Friday leaving from the west door of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Complete details at www.RipperCon.com. Don't let the prize go to someone elsewhere. Prizes given out each day leading up to RipperCon starting in Baltimore on Friday, April 7.

    Want a clue? The answer will shake you to your core!

    Good luck!



    "The Terror" on AMC
    Still looking for an answer, Playmates!

    But it would help if I asked the trivia question wouldn't it?

    Here's the question:

    What connects The Terror to Baltimore.
    Last edited by ChrisGeorge; 04-03-2018, 08:02 AM.

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Yes, folks! Our RipperCon swagerama giveaway is back and will operate each day until we kick off the conference in Baltimore with a walking/driving tour at 2:00 pm Friday leaving from the west door of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Complete details at www.RipperCon.com. Don't let the prize go to someone elsewhere. Prizes given out each day leading up to RipperCon starting in Baltimore on Friday, April 7.

    Want a clue? The answer will shake you to your core!

    Good luck!



    "The Terror" on AMC

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