The Mystery of Jack the Ripper

Oct. 29, 2002

The UA history department will delve into the mystery of Jack the Ripper at its next Mystery in History evening on Friday, Nov. 15.

The Mystery in History evening series benefits undergraduate students in the UA department of history.

Jack the Ripper has been the subject of many books and movies, his fame made greater because his identity has never been uncovered. During the fall of 1888 he brutally murdered five prostitutes in one of London's worst slums. Suddenly, the murders stopped and the police dropped their investigation. Why? Who was he? Was he a member of the royal family? A deranged physician? Lewis Carroll?

Professor of History Richard Cosgrove will round up the usual suspects and discuss a new book by Patricia Cornwell titled, "Portrait of a Killers: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed" and delve into her research to determine the true identity of Jack the Ripper. Attendees are invited to read Cornwell's book that will be available the first week of November. If this book or any books on Jack the Ripper are purchased at Clues Unlimited, 20 percent of the purchase price will go to the UA's history department for its undergraduate scholarship endowment.

The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore, 123 South Eastbourne, at 6 p.m. Dinner and lecture will follow at the Double Tree Hotel, Bonsai Room, 445 South Alvernon Way, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, ($25 tax-deductible). To make reservations, call


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