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  • Ripperologist Magazine's 21st Birthday Conference-Audio Podcasts

    We are thrilled to be able to bring to you all 8 talks from Ripperologist Magazine’s 21st birthday conference that took place at the Chamberlain Hotel in London over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of September 2016.

    Day One:

    Drew Gray is a historian of 18th and 19th century social history, specialising in the history of crime and punishment. He teaches at the university of Northampton, where he is course leader for the BA (Honours) degree. Drew is a member of the London Journal editorial board, the London Historians group and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
    Drew's talk, titled POLICING WHITECHAPEL: THE ROLE OF THE THAMES POLICE COURT IN THE 1880s, will look at the everyday nature of crime in the East End, and examine how the East Arbour Street court operated and the role it played in keeping order and discipline in the area.
    He has published numerous articles and three books including one, "London’s Shadows; the Dark Side of the Victorian City" (Bloomsbury, 2010) which uses the Whitechapel murders of 1888 as a focus for studying crime, poverty and a number of related themes. His most recent book is an undergraduate level textbook, "Crime, Policing & Punishment in England, 1660-1914". Drew has been researching the ‘Ripper’ murders for several years and intends to offer his own ‘thesis’ in due course.
    He is a Londoner and has recently returned to live in the capital. When not writing, researching or teaching he can usually be found watching the Arsenal.

    Listen to Drew Gray:

    Having worked in book publishing for many years, Maxim Jakubowski opened the world-famous Murder One bookshop on London's Charing Cross Road in 1988 which for more then 20 years was the largest specialist crime bookshop in Europe. For 20 years the crime reviewer for The Guardian.
    Maxim presently sits on the committee of the Crime Writers’ Association, and chairs its panel of judges for the John Creasey Dagger for Best First Novel of the Year.
    In 1999 Maxim edited The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper with Nathan Braund, updated in 2008. In 2015 Maxim edited The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, a collection of 40 new fictional takes on the Whitechapel murders from a range of leading writers.
    Maxim also edited 100 Great Detectives, which won the Anthony Award for 1994. More recently he edited Following the Detectives, which looked at the locations of 20 of crime fiction's leading investigators, including the London of Sherlock Holmes and Maigret's Paris.
    In his talk, Maxim will be looking at the continued passion for fictional crime and detection, and attitudes to fictional treatments of the Ripper case in particular.

    Listen to Maxim Jakubowski:

    Chris Payne was a late-developer as far as Crime is concerned. He spent most of his working life as a research scientist specialising in pest control. However, having discovered that he had ancestral connections with a senior detective at Scotland Yard in the Victorian era, Detective Chief Inspector George Clarke, he decided to research and write about his ancestor’s activities.
    Clarke’s investigations involved a strong element of ‘pest control’ of a more radical kind, including the hunting down of murderers, several of whom were tried, convicted and hanged.
    Chris Payne’s book about Clarke, ‘The Chieftain’ illustrates that some Scotland Yard detectives were not invariably the bumbling, and unsuccessful agents of the Crown that have been portrayed in many fictional accounts of Victorian crime.
    His talk will consider some of the most significant of Clarke’s cases and Clarke’s personal involvement in the 1877 ‘Trial of Detectives’, which stimulated a radical reorganisation of the Detective force within the Metropolitan Police.

    Listen to Chris Payne:

    We are delighted to announce that the legendary television and film writer, director and producer David Wickes has been confirmed as part of the Casebook: Classic Crime “Watching the Detectives” theme at the Conference.
    David has worked on numerous detective dramas including Public Eye, Softly Softly: Task Force, Special Branch, Van Der Valk, The Sweeney, The Professionals and Philip Marlowe, Private Eye.
    In 1973 David took the popular Softly Softly characters Barlow and Watt and placed them in Whitechapel as they attempted to solve the Ripper murders in the acclaimed Jack the Ripper, and in 1988 directed and co-wrote the mini-series Jack the Ripper starring Michael Caine.
    In his talk, David will discuss his ongoing interest in the detective, and how this shaped his vision of the work of the detectives in his Ripper output.

    Listen to David Wickes:


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    Day Two:

    We are honoured to have Prof Clive Emsley join us. His talk, entitled “Victorian and Edwardian Detectives: Types and Comparisons”, will be a broad survey beginning with the Bow Street Runners, then asking what difference the creation of the Metropolitan Police made. Clive will then discuss the Victorian and Edwardian fascination with detectives.
    Since the early 1980s Clive’s work has focused primarily on the history of crime and policing, and he has subsequently published more than 130 books including The Great British Bobby and Police Detectives in History, 1750-1950.
    In 2000 Clive was awarded a D.Litt by the Open University for his published work in the history of crime and policing. He is Director of the European Centre for the Study of Policing, co-Director of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research, and co-directs the Old Bailey Proceedings Online project.

    Listen to Prof Clive Emsley:

    Ben Johnson will be speaking on the notorious criminal Charlie Peace and his attempts to stay out of the reach of the police, which included the killing of PC Nicholas **** and the attempted murder of PC Robinson. His book on Peace will be published by Pen and Sword in August, two weeks before the conference.
    Ben Johnson is an author, who has been prolifically contributing his columns to crime magazines on both sides of the Atlantic for almost ten years. Despite a huge body of work to his name, “Charlie Peace – Murder, Mayhem and the Master of Disguise” is his first full length book, and has been almost two years in the making. Hailing from the very same neck of the woods as Mr Peace himself, Ben lives in Sheffield, and treads the same streets as the talented cat burglar (and violent killer).
    The story of Charlie Peace is one of contrasting themes. An art-lover and talented musician, who was known for his joviality, yet prowled the streets when the sun went down, breaking and entering into the homes of the rich, before disappearing like a phantom into the smoky, industrial air. Narrow escapes, brutal murders, and criminal genius provide unforgettable chapters in the life story of this unique Yorkshireman, and led to Mr Peace being the darling of the Penny Dreadfuls, and his effigy being the most popular exhibit in Madame Tussauds. That is, until certain events in Whitechapel knocked him from his lofty perch.

    Listen to Ben Johnson:

    We are delighted to announce Glenn Chandler to the conference, speaking on the Cleveland Street Scandal.
    Glenn is best known as the creator and writer of Taggart, which became the longest running television detective series in the world. He has also written true crime television dramas, notably those on William Palmer, the poisoner, George Joseph Smith, the Brides in the Bath killer, and John George Haigh, the acid bath murderer.
    His latest book, The Sins of Jack Saul, reveals the truth behind one of the most notorious figures in the Cleveland Street affair. Glenn is currently working on a theatre production based on the life of the infamous Dublin-born male prostitute Jack Saul, having previously written a musical based on the Cleveland Street affair.
    In his talk, Glenn will disclose the truth of what went on behind the velvet curtains of 19 Cleveland Street, explore Chief Inspector Abberline’s role in the investigation and finally put to bed the rumours of Prince Albert Victor’s involvement in the scandal.

    Listen to Glenn Chandler:

    David Thompson is the great-grandson of PC Ernest Thompson, the constable who discovered the body of Frances Coles while on his very first beat, and who nine years later was murdered while on duty.
    In his talk, David will relate the tragic career of his ancestor, including how being thought of as ‘the man who let the Ripper go’ played on Ernest’s conscience, and what happened to the family after his death. David will also describe how he and his grandfather - Ernest’s son - were invited by the Metropolitan Police in 1976 to view Ernest’s grave and funerary plaque, and what has happened to them over recent years.
    David is Fine Art trained and was formerly a magazine art editor, his passion is architecture and contemporary design. For many years he has been a Blue Badge Guide and Lecturer, being Chair of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, an organisation of over 800 members, between 2008-2013.

    Listen to David Thompson:

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    Thank you to Adam Wood, Frogg Moody, Mark Ripper, Tiffany Duggin, and all of the speakers at this wonderful event!

    Thanks for listening,

    Last edited by jmenges; 09-05-2016, 08:11 PM.


    • #3
      9 Episodes uploaded in one day?

      It's like giving the key of the brewery to an alcoholic!

      Many thanks for providing me my distraction to the other half's Great British Strictly Come Dancing Bake-off.

      As an aside Jon would you be open to revisiting old, classic episodes by way of update of the things discussed? Perhaps through the "Oh Dear Boss" format?

      Many thanks to JM and all contributors to the Rippercast.
      My opinion is all I have to offer here,


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      • #4
        Originally posted by DirectorDave View Post
        9 Episodes uploaded in one day?

        It's like giving the key of the brewery to an alcoholic!

        Many thanks for providing me my distraction to the other half's Great British Strictly Come Dancing Bake-off.

        As an aside Jon would you be open to revisiting old, classic episodes by way of update of the things discussed? Perhaps through the "Oh Dear Boss" format?

        Many thanks to JM and all contributors to the Rippercast.
        Thanks for you compliment It was a privilege for Rippercast to be able to release such a set of excellent talks and so I did decide to do it all at once, in epic fashion for the podcast anyway, since all of the presentations are outstanding. My personal favorite being David Thompson's, and as he was the final speaker, I couldn't really release them one by one in order or we wouldn't get to his for weeks!

        As far as updating ancient episodes, you're not the first one to ask. Maybe you could tell me which ones you'd specifically prefer we revisited and I'll see what I can do.

        Thanks again for your comments.



        • #5
          Great job as always!!!

          I think revisiting some episodes would be a great idea.. off hand I would say :

          The Tour Guide From Hell: Philip Hutchinson or In the Footsteps of the Ripper: with Richard Jones and Discovery Tours-to see how all the development in London has changed the tours

          And personally, I would love to hear more about Mary Pearcey and 'Jill the Ripper' from Sarah Beth Hopton

          Steadmund Brand
          "The truth is what is, and what should be is a fantasy. A terrible, terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago."- Lenny Bruce


          • #6
            As Steadmund says the tour guide episodes would be fun to revisit, perhaps the canonical 5 Episodes and an update to "The Final Cut" encompassing the new media that is ripper related. The "Ripper scribes" was a great episode, I'd love to hear more.

            I listened to the David Thompson episode, it really was a fantastic talk, quite emotional at times and perhaps a reminder that we are not that far removed from the people involved in the 1888 events.
            My opinion is all I have to offer here,


            Smilies are canned laughter.