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  • #31
    Ben Johnson: Charlie Peace

    We are delighted to announce BEN JOHNSON as our next speaker at the Ripperologist 21st Birthday Conference in September, as part of Frogg Moody's Watching the Detectives theme.


    Ben will be speaking on the notorious criminal Charlie Peace and his attempts to stay out of the reach of the police, which included the killing of PC Nicholas Cock and the attempted murder of PC Robinson.


    His book on Peace will be published by Pen and Sword in August, two weeks before the conference.


    Ben Johnson is an author, who has been prolifically contributing his columns to crime magazines on both sides of the Atlantic for almost ten years. Despite a huge body of work to his name, “Charlie Peace – Murder, Mayhem and the Master of Disguise” is his first full length book, and has been almost two years in the making.


    Hailing from the very same neck of the woods as Mr Peace himself, Ben lives in Sheffield, and treads the same streets as the talented cat burglar (and violent killer), yet not usually in the small hours of the morning, and almost never with a violin case full of crowbars and weapons.


    His energetic style of writing and tireless pursuit of fascinating and macabre stories has already paid dividends, as no sooner had his first book been completed, he was commissioned for a second by his publisher, Pen and Sword, which will be released in 2017.


    The passion he found in studying and documenting the life of Charlie Peace stemmed from an innocuous trip to a local museum, where his attention was drawn to a vintage poster of the man himself, and from that point onwards, he never looked back.


    The story of Charlie Peace is one of contrasting themes. An art-lover and talented musician, who was known for his joviality, yet prowled the streets when the sun went down, breaking and entering into the homes of the rich, before disappearing like a phantom into the smoky, industrial air.


    Narrow escapes, brutal murders, and criminal genius provide unforgettable chapters in the life story of this unique Yorkshireman, and led to Mr Peace being the darling of the Penny Dreadfuls, and his effigy being the most popular exhibit in Madame Tussauds. That is, until certain events in Whitechapel knocked him from his lofty perch.


    For more information on the Conference visit www.ripconference.com.
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    • #32
      Speaker announcement: Dr Drew Gray

      We are delighted to announce DR DREW GRAY as our next speaker at the Ripperologist 21st Birthday Conference in September.

      Drew is a historian of 18 and 19th century social history, specialising in the history of crime and punishment. He teaches at the university of Northampton, where he is course leader for the BA (Honours) degree. Drew is a member of the London Journal editorial board, the London Historians group and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

      Drew's talk, titled POLICING WHITECHAPEL: THE ROLE OF THE THAMES POLICE COURT IN THE 1880s, will look at the everyday nature of crime in the East End, and examine how the East Arbour Street court operated and the role it played in keeping order and discipline in the area.

      He has published numerous articles and three books including one, "London’s Shadows; the Dark Side of the Victorian City" (Bloomsbury, 2010) which uses the Whitechapel murders of 1888 as a focus for studying crime, poverty and a number of related themes. His most recent book is an undergraduate level textbook, "Crime, Policing & Punishment in England, 1660-1914". Drew has been researching the ‘Ripper’ murders for several years and intends to offer his own ‘thesis’ in due course.

      He is a Londoner and has recently returned to live in the capital. When not writing, researching or teaching he can usually be found watching the Arsenal.

      Information on all the speakers appearing at the Ripperologist magazine 21st Birthday Conference can be found at www.ripconference.com

      Thanks to all those who have already paid a deposit or the full amount!
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      • #33
        Excellent, AW !

        Drew spoke at The Drexel University ( Philadelphia ) Ripper Conference. Good fellow and a good presentation.
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        • #34
          I remember you saying that at the time. I'm looking forward to hearing his talk.

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          • #35
            Frogg Moody and myself are meeting tomorrow at The Wesley Hotel to finalise our plans for the Ripperologist magazine 21st Birthday Conference, including discounted room booking for delegates wishing to stay at the conference hotel.


            Watch this space! In the meantime...
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            • #36
              A little more background on Drew Gray from the University of Northampton ( November 2011 ).....


              http://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/ac...ck-the-ripper/
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              • #37
                July 16, 2016

                Adam posted this on Facebook :

                CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: CHANGE OF VENUE July 16, 2016
                Dear all,
                Although we have a very healthy number of delegates already booked for the 21st Ripperologist Birthday Conference in September, unfortunately it seems we will not meet the minimum number requirement set by The Wesley Hotel in Euston.
                We have therefore taken steps to move the event to the Chamberlain Hotel on the Minories, Aldgate.
                Minutes from Aldgate, Aldgate East and Tower Hill underground stations, as well Fenchurch Street station, the Chamberlain also benefits from a nearby 24-hour car park on nearby Shorter Street, which can accommodate over 300 cars.
                Delegates wishing to stay at the Chamberlain on the night of Saturday 3rd September will receive a 10% discount for a second night (Friday 2nd or Sunday 3rd) AND also breakfast for the duration of their weekend stay for themselves and their guests if book direct with the hotel - visit their website.
                Look forward to seeing you there!
                Adam and Frogg
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                • #38
                  Adam:

                  I asked the following on the 21st Anniversary Convention Page on FB...

                  Will the speeches be recorded and made available to the public ?
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                  • #39
                    Great photo of the past and present Editors of Ripperologist Magazine
                    September 4, 2016 London



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                    • #40
                      http://forum.casebook.org/showthread...858#post391858

                      Link to the eight speakers taped presentations at the event.
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                      • #41
                        Look forward to hearing your thoughts, How.

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                        • #42
                          I will sometime during the weekend, Adam....I'm particularly interested in Drew and David Thompson's speeches.

                          Cheers
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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                            Great photo of the past and present Editors of Ripperologist Magazine
                            September 4, 2016 London

                            A few photographs that I took during my time in London for the momentous Ripperologist Magazine 21st Birthday True Crime Conference over the weekend of September 2-4. If you have not done so, you should listen to the talks... almost as good as being there! Go to http://forum.casebook.org/showthread...858#post391858

                            This is the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 19 New Bridge Street by Blackfriars tube station where Donna and I stayed while we were in London.



                            We took the tube on Friday evening to take part in the walk around the financial district by the Bank of England led by Nicholas Booth, author of The Thieves of Threadneedle Street: The Victorian Fraudsters Who Almost Broke the Bank of England. See this Youtube video about Mr. Booth's book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwJE4wjGW_Y.

                            While Donna went round the shops -- helping the UK economy as she puts it -- I attended the conference Saturday and Sunday, catching the tube to Tower Hill underground station. Here is a shot of the Tower of London as I emerged from the station, as well as a section of the medieval wall of London to the north of the station, with Roman masonry evident at the lowest level.





                            London Blue Badge guide Delianne Forget (pronounced in the French way "For-jhay"), who came over for our conference in Baltimore in April, kindly took me and some others at lunchtime on Sunday for a walkabout in Aldgate to see some older remaining buildings. Here we are returning to the Minories and the conference venue, the Chamberlain Hotel (at the right, with the flower boxes). Walking ahead of me you can see Delianne, a vegetarian, headed for a nearby Pret a Manger to purchase some food before the afternoon talks.



                            And a couple of shots of where the talks took place.... the photograph of the Rip editors was taken just inside the left hand window in the first photograph. Get a load of the cascading begonias. Quite a show. Quite a weekend!!!!



                            Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                            https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                            Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                            Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                            • #44
                              Great pics, Chris. Did you find The Black Friar pub near your hotel?

                              Gary



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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
                                Great pics, Chris. Did you find The Black Friar pub near your hotel?

                                Gary
                                Yes, thanks, Gary. We didn't go into the Black Friar pub. We thought about it as I did also when I stayed at the same hotel in 2012 when I was in the city for a War of 1812 conference at the University of London in Russell Square. But when I looked over at the hotel back then it was mobbed by Yuppies supping outside the pub. Also the weekend we were in London for the Rip Birthday conference was also the 350th celebration of the Fire of London. So while we considered the Black Friar, we found it similarly difficult to access because of the mob.
                                Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                                https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                                Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                                Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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