Saturday, November 14, 2009

MYSTERYQUEST - Jack the Ripper

History Channel - Original Air Date: 11/11/09

This show goes over most of the usual Ripper lore and then focuses in on two suspects: Mary Pearcey - known killer -- and "Dr." Francis Tumblety, an American scam artist who fled England shortly after the Ripper murders.  After examining various bits of evidence -- mostly circumstantial -- they eliminate Pearcey (too passionate in her known crime) and come to the conclusion that Tumblety, who kept a collection of women's uteruses, sorted by social class, fits the profile of Jack very well.  But, with over a century of speculation to date, the show doesn't come to any final conclusion.  Still, this MQ episode was an interesting take on two lesser-known Ripper candidates.

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