Jack Ripper and Herman Mudget Mystery
How would you react if you found out that a family member (past or present) was a serial killer? Would you want to know? How would that affect you and your life? And, would you want to share that information with the world? To this day, Jack the Ripper has been the subject matter for myriads of books, films and television movies. Our fascination with one of the most notorious serial killers of our time keeps us wanting to know more about him. Exactly, who was Jack the Ripper? Now, we might know more.
Enter Jeff Mudgett, the great, great grandson of Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861-May 8, 1896) better known under the alias of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (H.H. Holmes) - the first documented American serial killer. Mudgett's book, Bloodstains delves deep into the psyche of H.H. Holmes and his heinous crimes, while providing evidence to further the belief that Holmes and Jack the Ripper were one in the same. The Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR) at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, provided the research analysis that states Holmes and Ripper's signatures are a "97.95% similar."
Mudgett has spent years researching and writing on the topic; and now he is sharing the compelling evidence he has collected with the world. Bloodstains has already garnered worldwide attention and praise and Mudgett has been invited to Scotland Yard to present the startling evidence he has collected on the Holmes/Ripper connection. He has also been invited to speak before a group of law enforcement and FBI agents in Boston this coming April.
Over 120 years later, Jack the Ripper is more infamous than ever. On January 19, 2013, the BBC premiered a new crime television series "Ripper Street" and Leonardo DiCaprio is slated to star as Holmes in the upcoming Warner Brothers feature film The Devil in the White City. On April 12th, the Serial Killer episode of the History Channel series "America's Book of Secrets" will highlight Holmes' story with interviews from Mudgett. This will be the first of two shows the History Channel will devote to Mudgett's book and his ancestor H.H. Holmes this spring.
We had an interview on KWOD Radio - you can find this how at: