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Old July 8th, 2017, 07:13 PM   #11
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We are pleased to announce that DR CHARLES TUMOSA will be speaking at RipperCon in Baltimore April 7-8 on "A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One"
-- How civilian conflicts with the police alter crime suppression and investigation.

Tumosa lectures in the University of Baltimore (UB) School of Criminal Justice Forensic Studies program. Prior to joining UB, Tumosa supervised the Criminalistics Laboratory of the Philadelphia Police Dept. During his 18 years there, he worked on over 4,000 homicides and testified in more than 800 criminal cases. Tumosa also worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

During his time at the Smithsonian, Tumosa conducted analyses of artifacts including the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; the Statue of Columbia on the dome of the U.S. Capitol; and a time capsule from evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle. His research provided insights into areas such as conservation, anthropology and the mechanisms of ancient technology.


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We are pleased to announce that CHRISTOPHER T. GEORGE will be speaking at RipperCon in Baltimore April 7-8 on "The Legend of Jack the Ripper"

Yes, Jack the Ripper was a real-life serial killer who terrorized the East End of London in the autumn of 1888. Yet, human though he was, this unknown person has become much bigger than a living, breathing being.

Veteran Ripperologist Chris George, a former editor of Ripper Notes and Ripperologist magazine, discusses the worldwide phenomenon of "Jack the Ripper."

Chris will look at forerunners to the Whitechapel murderer, such as Spring-Heeled Jack and the London Monster and other sensations, and how word of the 1888 crimes spread to every corner of the globe, in an effort to understand why the spectre of the Whitechapel Murderer has both fascinated and frightened people for nearly 130 years. In addition, Chris will examine different candidates for the mantle of the Ripper and weighs their likelihood or non-likelihood to have been the infamous killer, in light of the existing information on the crimes.
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JACKIE MURPHY—“Jack the Ripper’s London”—Saturday morning speaker and RipperCon M/C

Jackie Murphy was born in North London, but brought up in Essex, 30 miles east of Whitechapel. She became interested in Jack the Ripper at age 13 when she was allowed to watch the six-part “Barlow and Watt” TV program about the case. She got further hooked on the case a few years later when she read Stephen Knight’s book. Then family life took over, but in the run up to the centenary of the case in 1988 the increase in books and documentaries really sparked her interest.

In 1999, Murphy joined the Cloak and Dagger Club, now the Whitechapel Society, and has contributed to journals and books for the society, as well as other publications. She lives with her partner Alan Hunt in Dorchester, Dorset—Thomas Hardy country. Now a semi-retired teacher, Murphy works at the local history research center and makes quilts.

Murphy tells us, “My ancestor was Benjamin Disraeli, or rather I am the result of his brother's affair with the housekeeper! A more famous claim to fame is that my great, great grandfather owned Top Withins Farm, the basis for Wuthering Heights.”

Don’t miss out on RipperCon in Baltimore, April 7-8. Only fifty places available! See information at www.RipperCon.com


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CHRIS JONES—“The Maybricks of Liverpool: More George & Ringo than Lennon & McCartney?”—Sunday morning speaker

Chris Jones taught for 36 years in secondary schools in Liverpool, served for many years as Head of History in a Merseyside school, and later as Deputy Head Teacher at one of the city's largest comprehensive schools. A few months ago, he retired from teaching and formed his own hiking company, Simply Trekking. He spent three weeks in September trekking up to Everest base camp.

In 2007, Jones organised the Trial of James Maybrick at the Liverpool Cricket Club across the street from the former Maybrick mansion, Battlecrease House. Following the success of this event, he wrote the widely acclaimed book The Maybrick A to Z in which he tried to take an objective review of the evidence surrounding Florence Maybrick's 1889 trial for the arsenic murder husband James and also James' alleged links to the Ripper murders. He has continued his research into James and especially Florence, and has given talks on the Maybricks in both Britain and the United States, including in Florence's home town of Mobile, Alabama. He has written several articles about the Maybrick case, most recently a critique of Bruce Robinson's We All Love Jack, in which Robinson made certain doubtful claims with regard to the conduct of Florence's trial. His current research is focused on the claims that the so-called Maybrick Diary was found by electricians working in Battlecrease House on March 9, 1992.

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For a week in August 1889, the eyes of the world were focused on a sensational trial in Liverpool. A young American, Florence Maybrick, was on trial for the murder of her much older husband, a respected city cotton trader, whom she allegedly killed by means of arsenic poisoning. Finally released from prison in 1904 (but never pardoned), she returned to the U.S. the following year, when she again dominated the front pages of major newspapers.

In 1992, the supposed Diary of Jack the Ripper was "discovered" and overnight it turned James Maybrick into arguably the most controversial of all Ripper suspects. Not considered a suspect at the time of the Whitechapel murders and unmentioned in the famous Macnaghten Memorandum or any other contemporary police document, Maybrick was not linked to the killings until the emergence of the so-called Diary. His credibility as a Ripper suspect is therefore intrinsically bound up with the authenticity of this document—or the lack of it.

In his talk, Jones will look at both Florence and James Maybrick. Was one a manipulative, clever murderer and was the other the most infamous serial killer of all time? Or, are both of them relatively ordinary individuals who have been unjustly accused of crimes they didn’t commit? He will examine the key moments in Florence’s trial and why the jury produced a guilty verdict. He will then address the big question—did Florence really kill James?


Jones will then review the key arguments for and against James being a credible Ripper suspect. He will analyse the new evidence that has recently surfaced that arguably provides some much needed provenance for the Diary. Was James Maybrick really Jack the Ripper or instead an arsenic addict whose name has been cleverly woven into a forged document in an elaborate and clever hoax?


Don’t miss out on RipperCon in Baltimore, April 7-8. Only fifty places available! See information at www.RipperCon.com

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We are pleased to announce that JANIS WILSON will be speaking at RipperCon in Baltimore April 7-8 on "Could Sherlock Holmes Have Solved the Jack the Ripper Murders?"

Wilson was co-organizer for RipperCon 2016. She is a Baltimore-based Ripperologist and Sherlockian. She is the author of the novel Goulston Street, expected to be available shortly. A former newspaper reporter and trial lawyer, Wilson took the Ripper Tour in Whitechapel many years ago under the direction of Donald Rumbelow. The tour allowed her to appreciate how the world-famous slayer managed to repeatedly escape capture. After extensive study of the Ripper, she taught a course about the unknown serial killer at Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition to her writing career, Wilson is a commentator on true crime for the Investigation Discovery Channel and has appeared in such programs as “Deadly Affairs” and the “Nightmare Next Door.”




Sherlock Holmes Statue in Baker Street, London, by Julian Balogh



Don’t miss out on RipperCon in Baltimore, April 7-8. Only fifty places available! See information at www.RipperCon.com
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BIG NEWS. About the RipperCon 2018 Convention Hotel!

As previously announced, the talks for RipperCon 2018 will be held in the historic main building of the Maryland Institute of Art. When I emigrated to the United States in 1955, with me having an artistic bent, my parents very kindly paid for me to have classes in this building. I don't remember the classes. But I do remember the ice cream sandwiches that I used to get from the vending machine in the basement. Funny how our memories are remembered all those years later!

In any case, everyone, I have just signed a contract for a block of rooms at the Lord Baltimore Hotel (website www.lordbaltimorehotel.com). This is where the Saturday night banquet will be held. And possibly also the Friday night reception which is free to all attendees -- although I am still looking at a special location for the reception if we don't do it at the hotel. Stay tuned!




The rooms at the Lord Baltimore are $159.00 per night. Here is the information on how to book if you wish to go this route --

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, attendees must make their reservations by Wednesday, March 7, 2018, and 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 may also instruct your attendees or guests to go to the hotel website: and click on reservations and enter the group ID 1804RIPPER with the groups contracted arrival and departure dates and the group rate will populate and they will be added to the group room block.

For more images of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, go to http://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com/gallery-en.html

Pleasing to Ripperologists, no doubt, is that the Lord Baltimore has plenty of bars. That isn't meant to be a commentary on people who study Ripperology. . . Honestly!

Let me know if you are likely to book there or wish to look for cheaper options. I will be glad to advise you as to cheaper accommodations if the Lord Baltimore is too rich for your budget. Feel free to email me at editorctrip@yahoo.com.

Don’t miss out on RipperCon in Baltimore, April 7-8. Only fifty places available! See information at www.RipperCon.com
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