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Today completes my observance of the 125th anniversary of the Autumn of Terror. The third and final part of my latest three-part "Looking Back on Genre History" podcast segment, which focuses on how science fiction authors have wrestled with the Jack the Ripper mystery, is now available here at StarShipSofa. (Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.)


On this day in 1888, the body of Mary Jane Kelly - the last "canonical" victim of Jack the Ripper, the youngest (approximately 25 years old), and the only one to be murdered indoors - was found in her home at 13 Miller's Court. This day is often used to mark the end of the Ripper's reign over the Autumn of Terror.

Ripperologists continue to debate whether later deaths by violent murder (such as those of Annie Farmer and Rose Mylett in 1888, Elizabeth Jackson and Alice Mackenzie in 1889, and Frances Coles and Carrie Brown in 1891, among others) also should be attributed to Jack the Ripper.


* See Casebook: Jack the Ripper's Mary Jane Kelly page.


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Nov. 10th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
And tonight, I'm watching the first episode of Whitechapel. Seemed appropriate.
Nov. 12th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Very appropriate! (I haven't found a way to get the later seasons here in the US. If you find one, please let me know. I loved the first series!)
Nov. 12th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
We just got Amazon Prime, which is how I discovered the show. Prime seems to have at least three seasons of Whitechapel.
Nov. 12th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh wonderful! I hadn't realized they'd added the next two. Thanks so much for the heads up. (Netflix is falling behind Amazon...)
Nov. 10th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
You know, I've never taken a good look at StarShipSofa. What a treasure trove! I've just subscribed and will eventually try to listen to all of them (which should take a couple of years. *g*)
Nov. 12th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I do hope you enjoy it. *fingers crossed* I've been with the podcast for going on six years now, and it feels very much like home. (I'm recording a new narration for it this week, as a matter of fact!) Thanks for listening!
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