Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creepy

I've been intrigued by the Jack the Ripper case since I was about 12 years old. I think what is so intriguing to me, and to any other Ripperologist, is the fact the he was never caught. It just makes me stark, raving crazy not knowing who he was. One of the first things I want to find out when I get to Heaven (assuming I make it there, I'll most likely be going to the other place ☺) is who he was. I NEED to know.

Some might remember I went on a tour of the murder sites while in London last year. It was so spooky, but oh so thrilling. Especially for someone like me. Our tour guide, Philip Hutchinson, is apparently one of the more reputable of all the many guides in London. He has, in fact, even written a book about the case. Plus, I saw him in a documentary about Jack on the History Channel just a week or two after we came home from London. So, that must mean he knows what he's talking about. TV would never lie.

I wanted to buy the book when we got home, but couldn't find it here in the U.S. I tried for a while and then sort of forgot about it and gave up. Ryan didn't. He's been searching and waiting for it all this time. So, when a new revised and updated version was recently published, he bought it from amazon.com/uk for me.

It came on Monday and I had it finished by Tuesday. It contains biographies of the victims, a timeline leading up to their murders, crime scene descriptions, descriptions of the area, what life was like at the time and lots of grainy black and white photos. There's nothing in it but facts, no speculating on who he might have been, etc. It's so scary and unsettling. I love it. I did most of my reading in the evening after my kids had gone to bed. After I would finish, I would turn out the lights in the house and then go to bed. My bedroom is at the end of a dark, windowless hallway. It took every ounce of self control I have to keep myself from running down it into my bedroom. I would be so creeped out, I was just sure Jack would be waiting at the end of it for me.

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What's on the menu today: I had kind of a busy day of errands yesterday. I realized at around 1:00 in the afternoon that I hadn't put dinner in the crock pot. It was too late to put it in then and have it be ready in a timely manner. We had a trunk or treat Halloween party to go to at 6:00 and so I just let the kids have hot dogs. Fast and easy. We're going to be having Chicken & Rice Pacifica tonight.

12 comments:

The Boob Nazi said...

Me please borrow book?

Christa said...

Yes you may Boob Nazi.

Kristina P. said...

Yes, you do love The Ripper!

Erin said...

I want to borrow it next!

I saw a special Patricia Cornwell did about Jack the Ripper and it was fascinating.

Christa said...

I should say that although this book does not attempt to put forth any new suspects, it does say Patricia Cornwell's efforts to prove that the artist Walter Sickert was the killer are "futile". Although her theory was facisnating, Philip Hutchinson felt it was entirely not plausible. It's still fun to theorize. ☺

danamack1 said...

I want to borrow it also I love scary fact loved the parade today at the grandkids school They all looked so cute

Emily said...

Oh man looks like I'll be waiting a while but i would like to borrown it also :)

Mommy Madness said...

Now i know who to call if i ever end up on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and the a jack the ripper question comes up....>.< the pressure is on... ':{

and btw love ur daily menu...ur recipe today sounds yummy ...can't wait to try it...

Rosie and Derek said...

OK, that Jack the Ripper tour sounds completely fascinating!!
I think that may be why I love to read mysteries, I love getting spooked out... as long as Derek's home anyway.
And I'd love to borrow the book someday too, after it has made its rounds. :)

lawrencefam said...

I read this book by Patricia Cornwell on Jack the Ripper and it's all facts too.. But she has a close idea as to who it was. I had nightmares when I was reading it of things he had done. You should look it up and read it.

Rachel said...

Mom has the Patricia Cornwell one on audio CD. I listened to it once on a road trip and it's really good. True or not, it's fascinating. You should borrow it.

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