RIPPEROLOGY

 There is a template to Ripper writing. First, review all the available evidence and theories, then come up with your own suspect. “The main problem for all Ripperologists is that the contemporary evidence doesn’t provide any clue about the IDENTITY of the Ripper- and what remains of the evidence is scanty.” The Guardian.  Precisely, EXCEPT

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Pathology

Ripperologists have long realized the most probative evidence concerning identity and modus operandi are the pathology reports of the first two victims. Those reports insist the killer possessed surgical skills as indicated by the knowledge he demonstrated precisely removing organs from the victim’s body cavities, i.e. H.H. Holmes. Authors Trevor Marriot and Patricia Cornwell sidestep

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H.H. Holmes, Jack the Ripper and Scotland Yard.

Scotland Yard describes the murderer Jack the Ripper as: 1. A medical maniac; 2. trying to find the elixir of life; 3. looking for the essential ingredient in the parts taken from the murdered bodies; 4. spending time over a bubbling cauldron of the hell broth made from the gory ingredients looking for the charm.

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The devil’s great great grandson in the White City.

This past Saturday I attended the sold-out Men of Mystery Conference in Irvine, California. It was attended by fifty of the best male mystery writers in the world, including Scott Turow, and Alexander McCall Smith, not to mention other Pulitzer Prize winners, NYTimes Bestsellers, etc. Each author was allowed one minute to promote his latest

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The Portal to Hell and Jack the Ripper

We have dotted every ‘i’ and crossed all the ‘Ts’. Thank you Susan Sherman. Now all we have to do is await final authority from the Federal Government to investigate, record & document the portal from the Post Office basement at 63rd & Wallace in Chicago, through the 1937 concrete wall, into the circa 1889

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BOOK REVIEW: BLOODSTAINS by JEFF MUDGETT

Memoirs From The Void – Blog / October 08, 2013   Many of us have inherit questions at some point in our lives, questions like Who am I? and Why am I the way I am? Imagine then when asking these questions the dream of finding your roots becomes nightmare after nightmare of discoveries, that

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR JACK THE RIPPER?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR JACK THE RIPPER?  Well, as close as we can get it, anyway. The BLOODSTAINS audio book is finally out. Imagine, H.H. Holmes in your living room. Read by SAG Member Kim Estes, actor on Criminal Minds, NCIS, House, etc., ad infinitum. Kim’s voice soothes in that priceless historical fashion so

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The History Channel at the Murder Castle

The History Channel!     On July 26, The History Channel follows me down into the Murder Castle as we chase H.H. Holmes and Jack the Ripper. That is, if you dare!

Jack the Ripper face revealed by Scotland Yard using modern profiling techniques.

They make fun of the computer schematic of Jack the Ripper created by the BBC and Scotland Yard in 2006. The one which obviously resembles the photos of H.H. Holmes. Does it resemble others too? Of course. What police schematic doesn’t, and any good detective would be the first to qualify his opinion regarding this resemblance.   

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Dead “Rich” Man Walking

While H.H. Holmes was in his prison cell awaiting execution, he was paid $7500 in cash by Hearst Newspapers for admitting he had murdered 27 innocent victims, as subject for one of the many articles Hearst ran on the killer. We all now know this number of victims was ridiculously low. In today’s money, this would

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The H.H. Holmes Alibi

They make fun of the computer schematic of Jack the Ripper created by the BBC and Scotland Yard in 2006. The one which obviously resembles the photos of H.H. Holmes. Does it resemble others too? Of course. What police schematic doesn’t, and any good detective would be the first to qualify his opinion regarding this resemblance.   

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H.H. Holmes, perhaps the most evil man to have ever existed

And all in just a little more than 18 months. It seems our story about the human condition after suddenly determining ones genes originated from the worst imaginable source, H.H. Holmes, perhaps the most evil man to have ever existed, has interested quite a few of the normal folk, despite the fact our advertising budget measures in

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Elementary, or not?

The mansion was the scene of last year’s questionable suicide of Rebecca Zahua. You may recall she was the one found dead, hanging from her balcony, naked, with ankles and wrists bound behind her back with a slip knot a professional sailor would have been proud of. The police argued she had yoga’d herself into

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Genetics

Gregor Mendel, often called the father of genetics, developed theories in the 19th Century making us composites of our parents. This has been the basis for our understanding of genetics ever since. Well, lately, scientists have come to believe Mendel’s understanding was, at best, incomplete. Mom and Dad’s, and before them, genes imprint at different

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Sell-out on Block Island!

Beth’s Bookstore was next to Nat’s Bar, making story telling and marketing of a book very, very easy! We hung a sign up announcing our presence and lo and behold, a crowd showed up… interested in the story! What a day we had. On a more somber note, the last three or four weeks, I’ve

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The Flat Earth Society

Somewhere, something is waiting to be known. Those who think all there is to be discovered has already been, are simply foolish. And down deep, they know it too. Our undiscovered country awaits in energy, the environments invisible to our eye, and yes, the spiritual. Carl Sagan once said, “Science is not only compatible with spirituality;

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The Spirits and Secrets International Symposium

And guess what? Mr. Jari Mikkola, Director, has asked me to discuss the connection HH Holmes had with Jack the Ripper. In the UK! The invite just about knocked my socks off yesterday. The Spirits and Secrets International Symposium, sponsored by World Nexus Publications, overflows into the streets of this great city, often called the

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The book’s title is ‘What If?’

The book’s title is ‘What If?’ The world’s foremost military historians imagine what might have been had one small fact been somehow different. At a crucial moment. As in fog, a different wind direction, stomach flu, the smallest of factors, which had they occurred would have altered the world as we know it today. Fascinating!

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188,000 hits, over 70,000 in One Hour!

Dave Schrader and Coast to Coast Radio were incredible, as were Margaret McLean on Its a Crime! and NBC Radio. Has any author ever experienced more opportunity in one single day? The ability to finally tell my story to the world is a once in a lifetime experience. My fervent hope now is that a

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Clara Lovering, the Monster’s Wife

Hard to tell really, except for that gut feeling which screams out all wives know, deep down, their men. Was she already aware he was a monster? Who knows? Neither Herman Mudgett nor Clara Lovering Mudgett ever disclosed the moment of their separation. Oh sure, it’s been widely speculated about by countless authors. What was

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Re-Writing History on Jack the Ripper

We’ve been working all week preparing our presentation for Saturday, October 6th, 5:30pm, at the Portage Theater in downtown Chicago. The audience will be sworn in as jury and offered the evidence which we believe establishes Herman Mudgett, aka H.H. Holmes, was the infamous Jack the Ripper from London in 1888. For 124 years over one

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Sherlock Holmes and HH Holmes

Mudgett worshiped him so much, his favorite alias soon became H.H. Holmes, taken precisely because of the famous literary character. Herman Mudgett was particularly fascinated with the game of chess Sherlock played with the diabolical criminals featured in all Doyle’s books, and his ‘inside’ knowledge of the forensics and techniques law enforcement was using at the time. H.H.

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