Jack the Ripper: Reality and Myth
Based on the expert research and writing of UK Historian-Paranormal Researcher, Mike Covell and Author-Screenwriter, Brian L. Porter. The stories told in this program all have some connection with Jack the Ripper, who holds the best-known name given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.
The name originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer, which was widely disseminated in the media. The letter is widely believed to have been a hoax and may have been written by a journalist in a deliberate attempt to heighten interest in the story. Within the crime case files, as well as journalistic accounts, the killer was known as "the Whitechapel Murderer" and "Leather Apron."
Attacks ascribed to the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of London with their throats cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer possessed anatomical or surgical knowledge.
Rumors that the murders were connected all intensified in September and October 1888. The letters from a writer or writers purporting to be the murderer were received by media outlets and Scotland Yard. The "From Hell" letter, received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, included half of a preserved human kidney; supposedly from one of the victims.
Mainly because of the extraordinary brutal character of the murders, the media treatment of the events caused the public to believe there was a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper".
Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety about the Ripper. An investigation into a series of brutal killings in Whitechapel up through 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888; but the legend of Jack the Ripper was solidified.
As the murders were never solved, the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research, folklore, and pseudo-history. The term "Ripperology" was coined to describe the study and analysis of the Ripper cases. There are now over one hundred theories about the Ripper's identity, and the murders have inspired multiple works of fiction.
However, our series, simply because of dealing with human nature, will delve into areas and theories related to Jack the Ripper, his victims, the Metropolitan police and conspiracy theorists. We will also cover areas of the supernatural, ghosts, psychic phenomena, coincidences, destiny and a host of such unusual occurrences.
Each episode of the show, as well as all stories within, may be introduced with a pun or some other form of witticism pertaining to the particular story and episode. All segments will include an underlying moral to show that not everything we perceive as truth and falsehood is as such. We will show it can often be difficult to truly separate fact from fiction, which lead us to the series title relating to the world's best known serial killer Jack the Ripper: Reality and Myth.
The majority of "true" stories on the show are based on first-hand research conducted by famed Ripperologist and Paranormal Investigator Mike Covell and Author, Brian L. Porter.
Each story will be interlaced with hard facts and interesting characters, so that the viewers will find the fictional stories are simply an updated version to show these conspiracy theories, based on the Jack the Ripper case in a different way. This case has captivated people around the globe for centuries, spurning various conclusions, suspects and victims still uncounted for, yet attributed to the possibility it was Jack the Ripper.
At the end of the show, we will disclose which of the five segments are true and which were the works of fiction or the inspired misdirection of our Writers.
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