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Bad Women: The Ripper Retold

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It’s a cold case like no other. In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. The attacks were so violent that the killer earned a nickname - Jack the Ripper.

But everything you think you know about Jack and those murdered women is wrong.

Historian Hallie Rubenhold uncovers new facts about the five victims - revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story.

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Kate Eddowes was murdered in a dark London square in the dead of the night. What had she been doing there? It seems improbable that she was selling sex... and the more likely explanation totally upends the idea that Jack the Ripper posed as a "John" to launch brutal his attacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Kate Eddowes rejected the drudgery of conventional working class life and left the factory and hearth to roam the open road. She travelled the country, performing and selling songs she had written with her partner. But her existence was far from carefree and her lover turned violent. Eventually, Kate ended up penniless in Whitechapel - and an easy target for the Ripper. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Elizabeth Stride was supposedly seen by several eyewitnesses in her final hours. They also saw a man with her. At last, Jack the Ripper had a face. These descriptions are the bedrock of many well known theories about the killer’s true identity. But can they be believed? And was the Ripper even responsible for Elizabeth’s murder? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
E7: Public Woman 97

E7: Public Woman 97

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Swedish farmer’s daughter Elizabeth fell pregnant out of wedlock. The authorities considered her no better than a prostitute and subjected her to myriad physical and emotional humiliations. After she lost the baby, Elizabeth fled Sweden - embarking on a life of deceit that would end in her vicious murder on the streets of Whitechapel.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Annie Chapman’s murder sparked fears that a crazed killer was on the loose in London, prompting the burgeoning newspaper industry to flood Whitechapel with reporters. Those journalists wrote the first draft of Jack the Ripper’s history, and much of it survives in the story we tell today. But can we really believe those newspaper reports? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Annie Chapman and her husband were making good on their ambitions to live a comfortable, respectable life. Only... Annie drank. Under pressure from her husband’s employer, Annie was sent away - and she fell deeper and deeper into the bottle. This addiction - and society's disgust with women who drank - also pushed Annie closer and closer to her killer.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Standing over the corpse of Polly Nichols, police officers decided that in life she had been a prostitute. There's no evidence Polly ever sold sex, so why did the authorities reach this conclusion? And do the prejudices that warped the police hunt for the Ripper survive to this day? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
E3: Polly Walks Out

E3: Polly Walks Out

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Polly Nichols had a husband, a young family and lived in a brand new home built by a philanthropic millionaire. Then she walked out on it all. Why? Surviving without a husband was almost impossible for a lone women, so Polly began a slow spiral into desperate poverty that would eventually put her in the path of her killer, Jack the Ripper. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
London on August 6th, 1888 is one of the greatest cities on Earth, but the Whitechapel neighborhood is a byword for poverty, violence, and vice. Jack the Ripper will slaughter his victims here. Join Hallie Rubenhold on a tour of this slum - with its busy markets, rowdy pubs, filthy lodging houses, and crowded police cells - and meet the real women who will soon cross paths with the Ripper. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
E1: The Ripper Myth

E1: The Ripper Myth

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Jack the Ripper's victims were prostitutes murdered while selling sex on the streets of Whitechapel - that's what historian Hallie Rubenhold thought when she started researching the crimes. She was wrong.   As she looked into the case, she discovered much of the familiar Ripper story is totally false. But by challenging that myth and trying to tell the true stories of the murdered women, Hallie attracted a storm of criticism.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In late 1888, five women were brutally murdered in a slum neighbourhood of London. The violent killer earned himself a nickname - Jack the Ripper. But everything you think you know about the murders and those murdered women is wrong. In a new 15-part series, historian Hallie Rubenhold tells you the real story of those victims and how they came to be in the path of a serial killer - completely overturning the Ripper story we've been told up until now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (19)

Rick Kirk

Thank you very much, I have been enjoying this podcast on my daily walk.

Nov 15th
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Julie Bates

Thank you for this podcast! I agree so much with your point of view. Thank you for giving a voice to these women!

Oct 25th
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Declan McKenna

what a great podcast. I just finished the last episode and think you did a wonderful job. I never thought anything about the women. I believed what the popular opinion was. Thank you for giving some meaning to their deaths and substance to their lives. I don't understand the animosity towards you for this research. People should be excited at this new research as it adds a new dimension to this gruesome crime against these women.

Oct 25th
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Chris Horton

Love this series!

Oct 21st
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Hannah Morgan

That is such an intelligent and relevant theory of Jillian Lauren's

Oct 20th
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Denise Nichols

My heart goes out to these women.So often women that becomes sex workers bc of an event. Either molestation, abuse,a man,desperation,. Back in these times I can imagine just about the same things happened.Life was a struggle at the best and women had even less available to them to support themselves. Say you have a drunken husband that won't work,you've got 6 kids.You have no education and your kids,as they will,want to eat every day,have no shoes,no coal for the fire,snow on the ground,kids sick no money for meds. A man offers money for sex that your husband just takes.You hate it but tonight you can get some bread,meds for the kids& coal to warm your dreary home. The journey begins.

Oct 18th
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Vanessa Kirby

highly recommend this podcast it has been so interesting and educational and the accents don't hurt!

Oct 16th
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Courtney Smith

It is horrifying this man was a detective.

Oct 12th
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Hannah Morgan

Really gives a sense of London during the period.

Oct 6th
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portamrs

Please use the term "sex workers"; "prostitute" is a derogatory term :)

Oct 6th
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