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    Andrew Firth, Frogg Moody, Mark Ripper and Adam Wood are proud to announce that organisation of next year's East End Conference in London is well underway!

    We aim to give delegates an enjoyable weekend of talks and presentations by quality speakers on Jack the Ripper and other East End themed subjects. Plus a chance to catch up with old friends in the heart of the Whitechapel and Spitalfields district. And with 2018 marking the 130th anniversary of the canonical Jack the Ripper murders, we have a few special ideas to mark the occasion!

    Check back here, or on our Facebook group at for the latest developments as they unfold!

    Here's to the 2018 conference!

    Very best wishes,

    Andrew Firth (Conference Organiser)
    Last edited by Andrew Firth; 10-31-2017, 01:22 PM.

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      Sounds like it is going to be a great conference. Good luck with it.


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        We're delighted to announce that the 2018 East End Conference, will be held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th November.

        Following 2017's successful event which saw talks from speakers including Robert Smith, Karl Coppack, Charlotte Mallinson and John Bennett, we're pleased to return this year to London's East End with a variety of lectures on Jack the Ripper and related East End topics.

        The event is being held at The Astronomer on Middlesex Street, at a cost of just £60 per person.

        Our emcee for the weekend will be Richard Jones, reprising his duties from the 2016 Ripperologist magazine 21st Birthday celebrations.

        Seven expert speakers will appear, those already booked are Louis Berk, Drew Gray and Philip Hutchinson, with more to be announced.

        The event website - - will provide full details including how to reserve your place for this keenly-awaited event! The site will go live next week, watch this space for further details!

        Very best wishes
        Andrew Firth, Mark Ripper & Adam Wood


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          The website is now online.

          It's bound to be a great event and I wish I could be there.



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            The East End Conference 2018 on YouTube!

            A short promotional video for the 2018 East End Conference is now available to watch on YouTube at

            We now have only 15 places left for this popular event, so if you haven't already, book your place at

            All the very best

            The Conference Organising Team


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              Our emcee for the 2018 East End Conference

              A new video is available for viewing on YouTube, regarding our esteemed Master of Ceremonies, the highly respected Richard Jones of Discovery Tours fame. A speaker at last year's conference, he takes on the role of emcee for this year's much anticipated event!

              Have a butcher's at

              Best wishes

              The East End Conference Organising Team


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                New speaker announcement

                On behalf of my fellow organisers, we are delighted to reveal our next speaker at the 2018 East End Conference taking place this coming November at The Astronomer, Middlesex Street E1.

                TRACY I'ANSON will speak on Ripper suspect Jacob Levy, revealing more of her researches which has already seen Jacob confirmed as the cousin of Mitre Square witness Joseph Hyam Levy. Was Jacob Levy the Whitechapel murderer? Join us in November as Tracy explains all.

                I'm also personally very pleased to announce that Tracy's book on Jacob Levy, written with her father Neil, will be published by Mango Books and will be launched at the Conference.

                Tracy joins fellow speakers Louis Berk, Drew Gray and Philip Hutchinson, and emcee Richard Jones at the eagerly-awaited event. Further speakers will be announced soon.

                There are just a dozen places left for the Conference - if you would like to join us, visit for details.
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                  Our next speaker announcement

                  Hot on the heels of the announcement that Tracy I'anson will be one of our speakers at the 2018 East End Conference, we will be making a further announcement later this week regarding our fifth speaker for this year's line up.

                  Stay tuned for details, and remember, there are only 12 places left for this popular event, so don't miss out!


                  All the best

                  The Conference Organising Team


                  • #10
                    Congratulations to Tracy.

                    One other point - and I know I keep bringing this up, but.....don't forget Scott's Lifetime Achievement Award.


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                      Originally posted by Robert View Post
                      I keep bringing this up, but.....don't forget Scott's Lifetime Achievement Award.
                      Long overdue.
                      Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                      "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)


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                        Thank you guys. But I'm thinking it should go to David Barrat for all of his stellar research and courteous exchanges with folks over the years.


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                          We are pleased to announce out final speaker for the East End Conference this November.

                          When Chief Inspector Donald Swanson was hand-picked by Commissioner Sir Charles Warren on 15 September 1888 to lead the Scotland Yard investigation into the recent murder of Annie Chapman in Hanbury Street, neither expected the series of Whitechapel murders to continue well into that year and beyond. Swanson was tasked with reviewing all the papers relating to each successive murder by the so-called 'Jack the Ripper' - witness statements, reports from local H Division officers, letters from the public - looking for links and clues to the killer's identity. Each potential lead had to be followed up, with many dead-ends.

                          The scope of this investigation would not only include the so-called 'canonical five', but also possible victims Alice McKenzie and Frances Coles, as well as the death of Rose Mylett, the attack on Annie Farmer, and the disturbing discovery of a headless torso in a Pinchin Street railway arch.
                          In his talk "SWANSON AND THE FOUR RIPPERS", Adam Wood will look at Donald Swanson's appointment by Commissioner Warren, and examine three cases which saw the involvement of the detective as part of the Ripper scare in the years 1890-94, which included a letter received from 'Jack the Ripper', the starting point of a long-standing suspect theory, and an assailant who bore a marked resemblance to the man seen with Elisabeth Stride by greengrocer Matthew Packer.

                          Adam Wood is Executive Editor of Ripperologist magazine, the leading publication on the Whitechapel murders. He is also Editor of the Journal of the Police History Society.

                          Adam is finalising his biography of the subject of his talk, and SWANSON: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A VICTORIAN DETECTIVE will be published early in 2019. His book TRIAL OF PERCY LEFROY MAPLETON for the official Notable British Trials series will be released in October 2018. Adam is also co-author of SIR HOWARD VINCENT’S POLICE CODE 1889 with Neil RA Bell.
                          He lives in Warwickshire, where he runs non-fiction publishing house Mango Books.


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                            I always think that Swanson looks like Inspector Japp from Poirot.



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                              Following on from our recent announcement of Adam Wood as our final speaker, here's a message from Adam posted over on Facebook.

                              "Happy Birthday to Donald Sutherland Swanson, born on this day in 1848.

                              I’m looking forward to giving a talk about his involvement in the Whitechapel murders investigation this November at the East End Conference."


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                              All the best