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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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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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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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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