Speakers at RipperCon 2018 and 2016

Our RipperCon 2018 Speakers [Being Updated Weekly]

Circa 12 speakers are expected to give talks over the weekend. More speakers to be announced soon, and some surprises along the way, friends!

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

Topic TBA

Anderson is the Managing Editor of the “Casebook: Jack the Ripper” Wiki, as well as a Senior Moderator at JtRForums.com. In 2007 he led an effort to take a fresh look at the Gas-Liquid Chromatography analysis of the Maybrick Diary ink carried out by Leeds University in 1994, efforts he detailed at the 2012 York Jack the Ripper Conference. At the Salisbury Jack the Ripper conference in 2014 he addressed issues regarding venereal disease in Whitechapel 1888. When he is not trying to run James Maybrick to ground, “Sir Robert” is a biotech venture capitalist after a 20-year career at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers and has a keen interest in health and medical issues. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Business School.

Mikita Brottman

Mikita Brottman

“A Morbid Curiosity: Murder in the Belvedere Hotel, Baltimore, 2006”

Dr Brottman is a psychoanalyst and​ professor in the Department of Humanistic​ Studies at MICA. She is the author of Meat is Murder! (1998), a study of cannibalism in myth, crime, and film; and the true crime collection Thirteen Girls (2013). Her book, The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison, was published in June 2016 by HarperCollins and (see www.mikitabrottman.com).

Christopher T. George

Christopher T. George

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Sarah Beth Hopton

Sarah Beth Hopton

“Mary Pearcey and the Hampstead Murders.”

Hopton’s Woman at the Devil’s Door (Mango Books, 2017) about Mary Pearcey and her crimes in Victorian London is her first work of historic true crime. Her second book, Deadfall: Mountain Mysticism, Moonshine and Massacre in 1890s Virginia, is due out in 2019 from Indiana University Press.
Among her past jobs, Hopton worked as a Florida crime and politics columnist for both The News Sun and [Closer magazine for a total of four years. She recently appeared on the Investigation Discovery (ID) channel special “Bloody Marys” to discuss Mary Pearcey, viewed by some as a possible “Jill the Ripper.”
Hopton is currently an assistant professor in the English Department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She lives on an off-grid permaculture farm with her partner, two dogs, many chickens, a few pigs, and four rascally goats.

David Sterritt

David Sterritt

Topic TBA

Sterritt is a film professor at MICA and editor-in-chief of the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. In 2015, he completed ten years as chair of the National Society of Film Critics. His thirteen books include The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, published by Cambridge University Press in 1993, and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Hitchcock Annual. His e-book on Hitchcock is due out this year.

Charles Tumosa

Charles Tumosa

“A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One”
How civilian conflicts with the police alter crime suppression and investigation.

Tumosa lectures in the University of Baltimore (UB) School of Criminal Justice Forensic Studies program. Prior to joining UB, Tumosa supervised the Criminalistics Laboratory of the Philadelphia Police Dept. During his 18 years there, he worked on over 4,000 homicides and testified in more than 800 criminal cases. Tumosa also worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
During his time at the Smithsonian, Tumosa conducted analyses of artifacts including the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima; the Statue of Columbia on the dome of the U.S. Capitol; and a time capsule from evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle. His research provided insights into areas such as conservation, anthropology and the mechanisms of ancient technology. For more on Tumosa see “The Art of Investigation: Painting a Picture of Applied Forensics” by Paula Novash (UB Magazine, Summer 2011).

Janis Wilson

Janis Wilson

“Writers Know Jack: A Novel Approach to Ripper Fiction”

Wilson was co-organizer for RipperCon 2016. She is a Baltimore-based Ripperologist and author of the novel Goulston Street, expected to be available shortly. A former newspaper reporter and trial lawyer, Wilson took the Ripper Tour in Whitechapel many years ago under the direction of Donald Rumbelow. The tour allowed her to appreciate how the world-famous slayer managed to repeatedly escape capture. After extensive study of the Ripper, she taught a course about the killer at Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition to her writing career, Wilson is a commentator on true crime for the Investigation Discovery Channel and has appeared in such programs as “Deadly Affairs” and the “Nightmare Next Door.”

MORE RIPPERCON 2018 SPEAKERS AND TOPICS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!

2016 Speakers and Podcasts*

Anderson

Robert Anderson, “Long Island Serial Killer. An Incident at Oak Beach: Ripperologists look at LISK.” Listen as Robert Anderson presents Team Syphilis’ examination of the LISK case, followed by a 25-minute conversation about LISK with forensic crime scene expert Prof. Charles Tumosa. Team Syphilis for this outing includes Anderson, Mark Ripper, Livia Trivia, Peter Whitby, Katja Nieder, Trevor Bond, Jon Lee Rees and Mike Flores. The podcast can be heard here. The slide show presentation that accompanied the talk can be downloaded here.

Brottman

Sheffield, Yorkshire-raised Mikita Brottman, who grew up during the series of vicious murders committed by lorry driver Peter Sutcliff, disscusses “The Life and Times of the Yorkshire Ripper.” Hear the podcast here. The slide show presentation that accompanied the talk can be downloaded here.

Fido

Sir Charles Warren viewing the chalk inscription in Goulston Street that may or may not have implicated the Jews

Fido

One police version of the writing written down before Commissioner Warren ordered the words washed from the brickwork, supposedly because he feared a riot against the Jews

The talk on the Ripper case and anti-Semitism by Whitechapel murders authority Martin Fido at RipperCon 2016 was unfortunately not recorded. Instead, we offer you the chance to hear a 78-minute-long RipperCast interview recorded in 2008 in which the noted co-author of The Complete Jack the Ripper A to Z talks about “The Police, the Jews and Jack the Ripper.” To hear this podcast go to here.

George

Christopher T. George at Poe’s original gravesite with psychic Denise Lescano and Ellen Flattery
of Renegade Productions

Christopher T. George, “The Last Days of Edgar Allan Poe – Murder or Something Else?”

To watch a short video about the mystery of Poe’s death in which Ms. Lescano tells us her answer to the mystery, as referenced by George in his talk, go to here.

…….Bruce Goldfarb

Bruce Goldfarb, public information officer with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland, told those gathered about “The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” housed today in the ME’s office. In the 1930’s, Frances Glessner Lee created extraordinary miniature dollhouse-size dioramas of death. We are applying for permission for persons on the RipperCon 2018 bus tour to have the privilege of viewing “Nutshell Studies” as did our tour group did in 2016. Stay tuned.

Michael Hawley

Michael Hawley, “Francis Tumblety – Amongst the Best Suspects.” Listen to the podcast here. Michael Hawley’s excellent slide show presentation that accompanied his talk can be downloaded here.

JtR Suspects

Martin Fido, Robert Anderson, and Michael Hawley, “Jack the Ripper Suspects Panel.” Listen to the podcast here.

Hitchcock The Lodger

Images from Alfred Hitchcock’s silent film The Lodger (1926)

David Sterritt, “The Ripper, the Lodger, and Hitchcock’s Existential Outsider.”

Forensic Time Machine

Charles Tumosa, “The Forensic Time Machine: Looking Backward.” In his talk, Tumosa discusses modern day forensic document examination and how those techniques could (or could not) be applied to such items as the letters from “Jack the Ripper” and the Maybrick Diary. He also touches on Patricia Cornwell’s work on her preferred suspect, the artist Walter Sickert, during the Q&A portion of his talk. Listen to the podcast here.

Conan Doyle

Janis Wilson and Christopher T. George on “The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” Listen to the podcast here. The slide show that accompanied their talk can be accessed here.

*2016 Speakers’ Podcasts made available courtesy of Robert Anderson and Jonathan Menges