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    Jack the Ripper event set

    Knoxville News Sentinel
    Sunday, October 5, 2008

    Author: AMY MCRARY

    Jack the Ripper.

    One hundred and twenty years after a murderer killed and mutilated five prostitutes in Victorian London’s East End, Knoxville hosts the fifth biennial United States Jack the Ripper Conference Oct. 10-12 at downtown Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel. Local registrations are available at conference. Cost is $199 and includes meals. About 50 Ripper enthusiasts from both sides of the Atlantic are scheduled to attend.

    This is not a fan convention; organizer Kelly Robinson of Knoxville says it has more in common with a business or academic meeting. Participants aren’t required to be scholars; newcomers are welcome.

    The conference includes speeches by authors and researchers. Some neverbefore-seen photos of a Ripper crime scene will be shown. Ripper authority Martin Fido will give the keynote address.

    The annual event alternates between Great Britain and the United States. Most recent U.S. conferences have been in Baltimore. When organizers there took a break, Robinson and fiance Dan Norder brought the meeting to Knoxville. Norder is editor of the publication “Ripper Notes.” He and Robinson, who works at a local bookstore, met at the 2006 Ripper conference .

    From the time the London killings happened, they were surrounded with mystery and misinformation. The killer got the moniker “Jack the Ripper” from a letter once said to have been written by the murderer but now commonly believed to be a hoax. Some researchers theorize the killer moved to another European city like Paris or Vienna and killed there, she says