East End hosts conference on Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel murders

The 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper is bringing experts and ripperologists from around the world to the East End for a two-day conference on the infamous Whitechapel murders.

They arrive in October to thrash out all the latest theories about the 1888 Whitechapel murders and who they think was the Ripper.

Award-winning film director David Wickes, who wrote the 1988 ‘Jack the Ripper’ TV drama which caused a sensation when it was aired on the centenary 25 years ago, is taking part in the Whitechapel Society’s weekend conference at the City Hotel in Osborn Street on October 1 and 2.

He and his researcher Sue Davis focus on interpretations of Jack the Ripper in films and popular culture, one of 10 presentations and talks over the two days.

Also confirmed is Prof Clive Bloom presenting his ‘Ripper at the Movies’ talk and the first London showing of ‘Montague Jack’ by award-winning director Ray Joyce.

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The Whitechapel Society launches its first commissioned publication on Jack the Ripper at the conference with a debate on the 10 leading suspects.

The international conference is open to non-members, but limited places have to be booked. Full details online at: www.whitechapelsociety.com

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