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Ripperologist No. 63: January 2006


Features


The American Connection: Sandford Conover aka Charles A Dunham and Dr Francis Tumblety
Carman Cumming sizes up the credibility of a well-known scoundrel and its effects on the standing of a leading Ripper suspect

On the Trail of the Ripper: Szemeredy in Argentina
José Luis Scarsi tracks the convoluted journey of a minor rascal, thief and murderer who may also have been the best known serial killer of them all

Ripper Fiction: The Phantom Model - A Story of Wapping
Hume Nisbet brings you the chilling tale of an artist and his doomed model in the slums of Victorian London - as a faceless killer lurks in the shadows. With an Afterword by Eduardo Zinna

The Green of the Peak: The Coronial System in Britain
Robert Charles Linford, John Savage and David O’Flaherty map the tortuous trajectory of a much misunderstood, much maligned and much needed institution in their ambitious history of the office of coroner from its origins to the late Victorian era



Regulars


East End Life: The Last Supper - Mary Kelly’s Evening Meal and the Fast Food of the East End
Adam Wood kicks off a new column with a celebration of Fish & Chips - the Briton’s hasty and hearty fare. Israel Zangwill, Henry Mayhew and Watts Phillips are in attendance

Cyber Jack
In his new column, Monty navigates the waters and backwaters of the Internet to steer you clear of both tsunamis and the Sargasso Sea. This Month: Stephen P Ryder’s Casebook: Jack the Ripper

Press Trawl
Christopher Scott is back after a much-noted absence to serve up more and more obscure titbits from the past

I Beg to Report
If it happened, or is happening - or will happen - you’ll first read about it here

The Baddest Brit of All: The BBC History Today Worst Briton Poll
Eduardo Zinna weighs up the ten beastliest Britons of the last ten centuries as they compete for Number One

Dear Rip: Your Valued Letters and Opinions

On the Crimebeat
Wilf Gregg introduces you to the latest goons, villains and thugs in the True Crime world Ripper Yarns

All appearances by the Ripper in the Media - books, films, radio, television, tapes, DVDs, graphic novels - past, present and future



The Last Word


Christopher-Michael DiGrazia revisits the mysterious death of Thomas Ince, another unsolved riddle of the Golden Years of Hollywood with an all-star cast: Charlie Chaplin, William Randolph Hearst and Hearst’s paramour Marion Davies.



Reviews


This month’s new titles



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We would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance given by the following people in the production of this issue of Ripperologist: Andrew Balfour for the photo of Carman Cumming, Joe Chetcuti, Stewart Evans, David Inglis, Michaela Koristova, Hugh Lamb, Greg Laxton, Alan McCormick (Curator of the Crime Museum), Stephen P Ryder. Thank you!