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  • 2008 Conference Speakers

    Planning for the Jack the Ripper Conference in Knoxville, TN (October 10-12) is in full swing. We have plenty of events lined up and more coming together by the minute, but what you really want to know is: who's speaking? Here's what we have in store for you so far --and this is why you need to save the dates October 10-12 if you haven't yet:

    Martin Fido

    Noted author of The Crimes, Detection and Death of Jack the Ripper, the comprehensive Chronicles of Crime and co-author of the classic Jack the Ripper A to Z, Martin Fido is recognized as one of the leading authorities on Jack the Ripper. Martin will be speaking on his experiences in the field of Ripperology, to which his contribution can not be overestimated.

    Philip Hutchinson

    Philip Hutchinson is one of the better-known Ripper tour guides in London and the co-author of The London of Jack the Ripper: Then and Now. His talk will be titled "The Whitby Collection and Beyond", centering on the collection of recently discovered photographs of the Ripper murder scenes taken by John Gordon Whitby.

    Eugenia Parry

    A writer and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Eugenia Parry also taught the histories of art and photography at Wellesley College and the University of New Mexico for twenty-five years. Her talk, "What to Do With a French Crime Album? A Writer's Response," will focus on her discovery of an album of 19th century French murder scene photographs and the resulting book: Crime Album Stories.

    Alan Sharp

    Writer and researcher Alan Sharp is the author of London Correspondence: Jack the Ripper and the Irish Press and an editor of Ripper Notes magazine. He will be speaking about his current research on the Special Branch and the Whitechapel murders.

    We're in the process of confirming more speakers, plus we'll have all the regular events: an auction, a raffle and some surprises. Don't forget that what many people love most about the conferences is the chance to chat with like-minded people face-to-face. If you haven't been to one, plan to attend and see us in October. We will be confirming the venue in the next few weeks and expect to start taking registrations soon.

    Email [email protected] to be on the mailing list, and you'll be the first to be alerted when reservations are available. Also feel free to ask any questions.

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    And we already have an update!

    Robert J. McLaughlin

    Writer, researcher and author of The First Jack the Ripper Victim Photographs, Robert J. McLaughlin will be talking about the man responsible for taking most of the mortuary photographs of the Whitechapel victims and the history of their publication, beginning in France, and rediscovery in the 1960s.
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    • #3
      details?

      Have there been any updates on where the conference will be and how to make reservations for it? I'd really like to attend if at all possible.
      Last edited by Sam Gafford; April 26, 2008, 09:02 PM. Reason: Grammar

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      • #4
        Hi Sam. I'm actually meeting with a hotel representative in the morning to hammer out the details. I'll post as soon as we have a number.

        I hope we see you there.

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        • #5
          That's great to hear! I'm really excited about this and am going to make every effort to attend!

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          • #6
            Shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll add you to the list to be notified when we start taking registrations.

            That goes for everyone.

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            • #7
              Adding Mr. Riordan to the list, so that anyone checking this thread has a comprehensive list of speakers.

              Timothy Riordan

              Mr. Riordan will bring his extensive research on one of the most popular Ripper suspects to a talk on the mythology of Dr. Francis Tumblety. Timothy has recently completed a book about Tumblety, and has also unearthed the first-known photograph of the suspect. He is the chief archaeologist at Historic St. Mary's City outdoor museum and is the author of the book Plundering Time, which is about Maryland and the English Civil War.

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