The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane hailed from Holborn, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, dodged people traffickers. They never met, though all experienced hardship in murky late-Victorian London. What they had in common was death: all were murdered in 1888 in Whitechapel by an unknown serial killer. With documentary skill, historian Hallie Rubenhold gives the five their voices back in a devastating narrative and landmark study of a time and place.
In conversation with Clare Mulley, festival patron, historian and author