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The Ripper's Haunts

                                       The Ripper's Haunts


                                                          

                                                         (Nonfiction)

     Hidden from history for over a century, the name of Scotland Yard’s key suspect in the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders was rediscovered in 1993. He was arrested, jumped bail, sneaked out of Englandand then the murders stopped. Tracing his footsteps through Victorian London has revealed haunting finds. A macabre wax museum operated just yards away from the first vicious attack, in which the proprietor callously showcased explicit wax models of the fiend’s victims, presented to the public just hours after each untimely death. A clandestine police investigation was being quietly pursued, based upon a Jekyll-Hyde theory that the killer was harvesting female organs in his quest to create an elixir of life. Surprisingly, actor-producer Richard Mansfield’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was showing at the famous Lyceum Theatre in London during the 1888 Autumn of terror; incredibly, the employees of the theater were members of an organization that was also in search of the precious elixir. Recent studies on the Jack the Ripper murders performed by experts in forensic science, sociology, and criminal profiling support the conclusion that the person linked to these graphic killings would be someone interested in the three types of anatomical organs taken from the victims; someone like this very suspect.

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The following is a podcast interview between myself and Jonathan Menges about my book on Rippercast.

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Crime historian and author Paul Begg, one of the foremost experts of the Whitechapel murders mystery, gave me a book review in a journal called Ripperologist. In the intro he stated: “Another is Mike Hawley’s magnum opus The Ripper’s Haunts, which arrived too late for me to finish reading so the full review will appear next issue, but I must say it looks to be head and shoulders above the new Ripper offerings we’ve seen so far in 2016.”





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The Ripper's Haunts can be purchased at Amazon (paperback or Kindle) here, and directly from Sunbury Press here.


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On the weekend of April 8, 2016, I gave a lecture at the Jack the Ripper Conference (RipperCon) in Baltimore, Maryland, on Whitechapel murder suspect Francis Tumblety, the subject of The Ripper's Haunts. I was also honored to be on a Jack the Ripper suspect board. The man to my far left is the esteemed researcher/lecturer Robert Anderson and in the center is one of the foremost experts in the field, Martin Fido; author of countless books, such as Jack the Ripper A-Z.

                     


The following is the first 17 minutes of my lecture dealing with the source for Tumblety being arrested on suspicion: Tumblety Lecture Pt 1
 
  
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Venture Galleries did a great write up here.



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