Dear Boss letter
The "Dear Boss" letter was a message written by the notorious Victorian serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. It was received on 27 September 1888, by the Central News Agency of London, it was forwarded to Scotland Yard on 29 September. Written in red ink, the message, like most alleged Ripper letters that followed, contains spelling and punctuation errors, it reads: Dear Boss, I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they wont fix me just yet. I have laughed when they talk about being on the right track; that joke about Leather Apron gave me real fits. I am down on whores and I shant quit ripping them. Grand work. I gave the lady no time to squeal. How can they catch me now. I want to start again. You will soon hear of me with my funny little games. I saved some of the proper red stuff in a ginger beer bottle over the last job to write with but it went thick like glue and I cant use it. Red ink is fit enough I hope ha. ha. The next job I do I shall clip the ladys ears off and send to the police officers just for jolly wouldn't you.
Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work give it out straight. My knife's so sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good Luck. Yours Jack the RipperDont mind me giving the trade name PS Wasnt good enough to post this before I got all the red ink off my hands curse it. No luck yet, they say. Ha ha Initially the letter was considered to be just one of many hoaxes, but when the body of Catherine Eddowes was found with one earlobe severed on 30 September, the writer's promise to "clip the lady's ears off" attracted attention; the Metropolitan Police published handbills with facsimiles of it and the Saucy Jacky postcard hoping someone would recognise the handwriting, but nothing came of this effort. Many newspapers reprinted the text in whole or in part; these two messages gained worldwide notoriety after their publication. It was the first time the "Jack the Ripper" name had been used to refer to the killer, the term captured the imagination of the public. Soon hundreds of other letters claiming to be from "Jack the Ripper" were received, most copying key phrases from these letters.
After the murders, police officials stated that they believed this letter and the postcard were hoaxes by a local journalist. One journalist is reported to have confessed that he had written it and other messages purported to be from the Ripper in order "to keep the business alive"; these suspicions were not well publicised, the idea that the killer had sent messages taunting the police became one of the enduring legends of the Ripper case. Modern scholars are divided on which, if any, of the letters should be considered genuine, but the "Dear Boss" letter is one of three named most as having been written by the killer. A number of authors have tried to advance their theories by comparing handwriting samples of their suspects to the writing found in this letter. Like many items related to the Ripper case, the "Dear Boss" letter disappeared from the police files not long after the investigation ended, it may have been kept as a souvenir by one of the investigating officers. It was returned anonymously to the Metropolitan Police in 1987, whereupon Scotland Yard recalled all the documents from their file from the Public Record Office, now The National Archives, at Kew.
The return of the documents was announced in 1988. In 1993 the handwriting of the Dear Boss letter was compared to that of the purported diary of James Maybrick; the report noted that the "characteristics of the Dear Boss letter follow upon the Round Hand writing style of the time and exhibit a good writing skill."In 2018 a forensic linguistic analysis found strong linguistic evidence suggesting that this letter and the Saucy Jacky postcard were written by the same person. "Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Ripper Letters". Casebook.org. Retrieved 15 October 2015. Evans, Stewart. Jack the Ripper: Letters From Hell. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7509-2549-5. Sugden, Philip; the Complete History of Jack the Ripper. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-0932-8
Jack’s Back is a 1988 Crime-horror film written and directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring James Spader and Cynthia Gibb. A young doctor in Los Angeles becomes a suspect when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer. James Spader as John/Rick Wesford Cynthia Gibb as Chris Moscari Jim Haynie as Sgt. Gabriel Robert Picardo as Dr. Carlos Battera Rod Loomis as Dr. Sidney Tannerson Rex Ryon as Jack Pendler Chris Mulkey as Scott Morofsky Mario Machado as Anchorman Danitza Kingsley as Denise Johnson The film got a negative review in The New York Times, which read in part "Jack's Back, which opens today at the Cine 1 and other theaters, is so dull it leaves you plenty of time to marvel at how a plot can be this rickety, how a production can look this shabby, how the first-time writer and director Rowdy Herrington could borrow a story with so relentless a grip on our imaginations and in no time at all declaw it."Conversely, both Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs up with Siskel declaring that it was a most impressive debut for Rowdy Herrington, as it was for Spader and Gibbs.
As of April 2012, it has an insufficient number of reviews for an overall rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. UK-based distributor Slam Dunk Media released the film on DVD in May 2007 in 1.33:1 full frame format. It is the only DVD release to date, it was available on Netflix video streaming service in SD widescreen format. Scream Factory released the film in fall 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in the US. Jack's Back on IMDb Jack's Back at AllMovie Jack's Back at Rotten Tomatoes
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is a 2018 American animated steampunk superhero alternate history action thriller film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, it is the thirtieth film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series. It is directed and produced by Sam Liu and written by James Krieg, based on the one-shot graphic novel of the same name and upon its sequel, titled Master of the Future; the film was released for a world premiere screening at the Newseum in Washington, D. C. during the "DC in D. C." event on January 12, 2018 and for digital download on January 23, 2018 before coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on February 6. In Victorian era Gotham City, Bruce Wayne is operating as the bat-garbed vigilante, the Batman, feared by the guilty and the innocent alike. One night, Batman saves a wealthy couple from being robbed by three orphans and defeats their abusive handler, Big Bill Dust. At the same time, Ivy, an orphan turned exotic dancer and prostitute, becomes the newest victim of the serial killer called Jack the Ripper, who preys on Gotham’s poor and destitute women.
Citizens of Gotham believe the Jack to be the same man. Stage actress Selina Kyle, a protector of the women from "Skinner's End", berates Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon and Chief of Police Harvey "Bulldog" Bullock for their failure to stop the Ripper murders; that night, Selina acts as bait for the Ripper. It works. After escaping, Batman asks Gordon to help him bring the Ripper down. At the Monarch Theatre with his friend Harvey Dent, Bruce meets Selina and the two bond at the Dionysus Club. Bruce realizes that not only were the two of them taken in by Sister Leslie, but that some of the murdered girls were orphans under Leslie's care. Bruce is too late. At the crime scene, Bruce finds a bloody Dionysus Club pin, meaning the Ripper has to be one of Gotham's wealthy. At Sister Leslie's funeral, Bruce is met by Hugo Strange, claiming he knows the killer and wants to meet with Batman. Bruce is met by Marlene, a drunken old woman who claims she saw him sneaking around when Sister Leslie was killed.
Bruce's butler Alfred stops the three orphans from pick-pocketing him and offers to provide them work. At Arkham Asylum, the Ripper throws him to his own patients, who tear him apart. Batman chases the Ripper on top of an airship in a fight that leaves Batman wounded as the airship explodes and the Ripper escapes. Batman is chased by police. After seeing Batman is Bruce, she takes him to her home. After the death of Marlene is discovered, Bruce is arrested, Dent, jealous of Selina's affection, prosecutes him as the Ripper. Sentenced to Blackgate Penitentiary following the trial, Bruce is met by Selina, who urges him to reveal he is Batman to clear his name and help save the girls from Jack; when he refuses, she decides revealing she has one of his batarangs. Bribing a guard to deliver a coded message to his manor, Bruce escapes after staging a prison fight and meets with the orphans, who deliver him his suit and a steampunk motorcycle. Selina meets with Gordon at the Gotham City World's Fair and learns to her horror that he is the Ripper.
While seeking Selina at Gordon's home, Batman learns this as well when he finds a secret room revealing Gordon's gruesome hobbies and past as an army surgeon during the American Civil War. Batman meets Gordon's wife and accomplice, Barbara-Eileen Gordon, with scars on the left side of her face that have driven her insane, praising her husband for “curing” her sins as a woman. Gordon injects Selina with a drug, but she manages to use her blood and the Fair's searchlight to give Batman a signal. Batman arrives and fights Gordon into a Ferris wheel, where Gordon, driven mentally insane by his time in the Civil War, reveals his "holy work" is to rid Gotham from what he sees as filth - from the poor to the criminals, but immigrants, the illiterate and anarchists; the Ferris begins to collapse. Selina escapes the burning wheel, while Batman defeats Gordon by using a handcuff trick taught to him by Houdini, only to watch Gordon allow himself to burn alive. Batman and Selina are saved by the orphans, who are now Bruce Wayne's wards.
As they escape, they watch as the World's Fair burns down, hope it will be replaced with something better. Bruce Greenwood as Batman / Bruce Wayne Jennifer Carpenter as Selina Kyle Anthony Head as Alfred Pennyworth Chris Cox as Father Callahan John DiMaggio as Police Chief Bullock David Forseth as Cyrus Gold Grey Griffin as Sister Leslie, Selina Kyle, Jason Bob Joles as Mayor Tolliver Yuri Lowenthal as Harvey Dent Lincoln Melcher as Dickie Scott Patterson as James Gordon William Salyers as Hugo Strange Tara Strong as Marlene, Timmy Bruce Timm as Arkham Radio Man Kari Wuhrer as Barbara-Eileen Gordon, Pamela Isley Producer Bruce Timm has pointed to the 1944 film The Lodger and Erik Larson's book The Devil in the White City as influences on the film, he cited a dream sequence in a particular episode of the 1960s television show Gilligan's Island in which the characters of the show took on well-known roles from Victorian-era British fiction. "There was a Victorian one where the Professor was Sherlock Holmes and Skipper was Doctor Watson and Mary Anne was Eliza Doolittle and Gilligan himself was Jekyll and Hyde.
So, this is kind of the same kind of idea. You take those characte
Ripper is a 2001 Canadian-British horror film, directed by John Eyres. The film stars Bruce Payne, it was written and produced by John A. Curtis and Evan Tylor and by production companies Prophecy Entertainment and Studio Eight Productions. Molly Keller narrowly avoids being murdered after managing to escape an island. Five years she takes a forensic psychology class taught by Marshall Kane, a world-renowned expert on deviant violent offenders. Taking the class are Jason Korda, Chantal Etienne, Marisa Tavares, Eddie Sackman, Mary-Anne Nordstrom, Andrea Carter and Aaron Kroeker. During one lesson, Marshall pranks his class by pretending to murder one of the students, his intention being to demonstrate the potential of anyone to be a killer; the unorthodox lesson prompts Aaron to reveal to Molly that he is aware of her past, which angers her as she does not want to discuss the trauma she endured. Her mood is further upset by Eddie when he attempts to hit on her, only to be rejected; that night, the group, excluding Aaron, meet up for a study session, which soon degenerates into an argument over Molly's overtly hostile attitude.
To ease the mounting tension, they decide to go to a party taking place in a nearby abandoned building. Here, Jason makes a genuine attempt to get to know Molly better. Marisa, has sex with a masked man, after which she overhears Chantal and Andrea talking about her. Feeling hurt, Marisa decides to leave, but the elevator instead takes her up to an isolated floor of the building. Upon stepping out of the elevator, Marisa is viciously stabbed by a masked assailant. In her panic, she stumbles and falls out of a window, but a chain wrapped around her ankle catches her, enabling the killer to hoist her back up, where he brutally stabs her to death, before sending her body crashing through a window into the party below; the next day, the group mourn Marisa's death, while deciding they will try and identify who the killer is. Molly meets Detective Kelso, part of the investigation of the previous murders; the pair go to the murder scene where Detective Kelso warns Molly that he believes the killer is back.
Mary-Anne is driving home to see her family when a black truck begins to ram into the back of her car. She attempts to drive away; as she attempts to get out, the truck hits her car again, causing her to crash through the windshield and plummet to her death. Detective Kelso finds her body in a nearby shed. Molly challenges Marshall, shows the killer is following the pattern of the famous serial killer Jack the Ripper. Jason manages to persuade the group to continue investigating despite their doubt. Molly and Jason discover a murderer held Marshall hostage. Chantal kisses Jason, but soon apologises to Molly for doing so, the pair make friends. While Andrea is at the morgue identifying Mary-Anne's wounds, she is pursued by the killer, who drugs her before gutting her. Jason and Eddie find out about Molly's past, which causes an argument resulting in Molly removing herself from the group. An upset Molly is comforted by Marshall; the following night, Jason, Eddie and Marshall are taken to a cabin where they realize the victims share the same initials of the victims of Jack the Ripper.
Suspicion falls on Aaron, the one that assembled the study group. They attempt to phone Detective Kelso. After Molly and Chantal fall out, Eddie and Chantal leave to try and fix the phone satellite on top of the mountain, their car soon breaks down. Eddie attempts to fix the car; the killer soon appears and knocks out Chantal before Eddie's hand is trapped inside the bonnet of the car. Chantal wakes up and panics, driving the car forward into a tree which crushes Eddie's back, killing him; the killer chases Chantal to a factory. She bumps into Aaron, who warns her he knows, she tries to escape, but they fall into the machine, where they are both mutilated by the circular saws. Back at the cabin, Molly becomes suspicious of both Marshall; as Jason arrives back, Molly knocks him out before running into the forest. She flees while the killer hacks him to death with an axe. Molly discovers Marshall standing over a murdered Jason, before Detective Kelso arrives and knocks out Marshall. Molly hallucinates and sees her younger self in the forest, gesturing to the two men and suggesting that Molly is the one who killed them all.
Marshall is executed for the murders, due to visible mental problems, Molly is put in an insane asylum. It has been said that the killer was never definitively named in the film, there is suggestion that Detective Kelso is the killer. During the opening murder scene, as the young Molly escapes on a boat, she stabs the killer in the hand while he attempts to climb onto the boat after her. Detective Kelso is seen in every scene in the movie to be wearing only one glove on the same hand that the killer was stabbed in. However, in the film's sequel it was revealed. A. J. Cook as Molly Keller Bruce Payne as Marshall Kane Ryan Northcott as Jason Korda Claire Keim as Chantal Etienne Derek Hamilton as Eddie Sackman Emmanuelle Vaugier as Andrea Carter Kelly Brook as Marisa Tavares Daniella Evangelista as Mary-Anne Nordstro
Bad Karma (2002 film)
Bad Karma is a 2002 film directed by John Hough. Patsy Kensit stars as a mental patient who believes she is the reincarnated lover of Jack the Ripper, that her psychiatrist is the reincarnated mass murderer. Damian Chapa and Amy Locane are in the film, adapted by Randall Frakes from the 1997 Douglas Clegg novel of the same name. A female mental patient believing she is the reincarnated soul mate of Jack the Ripper, terrorizes her psychiatrist, whom she believes is her reincarnated lover. Determined to find her man, willing to use her sensuality to get to him, she breaks out of the mental institution and is determined to, at any cost, free him of his wife and young daughter to restart their previous work as mass murderers, lovers. Patsy Kensit as Maureen Hatcher/Agnes Thatcher Patrick Muldoon as Dr. Trey Campbell Damian Chapa as Mr. Miller Amy Locane as Carly Campbell Amy Huberman as Jenny Pantelli Patrick Joseph Byrnes as Detective Arboles Aimee O'Sullivan as Teresa Campbell Vinnie McCabe as Arthur Rachel O'Riordan as Denise Sean Power as Richard Merina Millsapp as Edie The film was released as Hell's Gate in the United States and was filmed on location in Galway, Ireland.
The nude scenes of Amy Huberman's character were performed by Zoe Paul. The film was released on DVD on July 2002 on Region 1 in English. Https://web.archive.org/web/20090216012116/http://www.film.com/movies/bad-karma/14584358 Bad Karma on IMDb
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer believed to have been active in the impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. In both the criminal case files and contemporary journalistic accounts, the killer was called the Whitechapel Murderer and Leather Apron. Attacks ascribed to Jack the Ripper involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of the East End of London whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations; the removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer had some anatomical or surgical knowledge. Rumours that the murders were connected intensified in September and October 1888, letters were received by media outlets and Scotland Yard from a writer or writers purporting to be the murderer; the name "Jack the Ripper" originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer, disseminated in the media. The letter is believed to have been a hoax and may have been written by journalists in an attempt to heighten interest in the story and increase their newspapers' circulation.
The "From Hell" letter received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee came with half of a preserved human kidney, purportedly taken from one of the victims. The public came to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper" because of the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders, because of media treatment of the events. Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the Ripper, the legend solidified. A police investigation into a series of eleven brutal killings in Whitechapel up to 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888. Five victims—Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly—are known as the "canonical five" and their murders between 31 August and 9 November 1888 are considered the most to be linked; the murders were never solved, the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research and pseudohistory. The term "ripperology" was coined to describe the analysis of the Ripper cases.
There are now over one hundred hypotheses about the Ripper's identity, the murders have inspired many works of fiction. In the mid-19th century, Britain experienced an influx of Irish immigrants who swelled the populations of the major cities, including the East End of London. From 1882, Jewish refugees from pogroms in Tsarist Russia and other areas of Eastern Europe emigrated into the same area; the parish of Whitechapel in London's East End became overcrowded. Work and housing conditions worsened, a significant economic underclass developed. Robbery and alcohol dependency were commonplace, the endemic poverty drove many women to prostitution. In October 1888, London's Metropolitan Police Service estimated that there were 62 brothels and 1,200 women working as prostitutes in Whitechapel; the economic problems were accompanied by a steady rise in social tensions. Between 1886 and 1889, frequent demonstrations led to police intervention and public unrest, such as that of 13 November 1887. Anti-semitism, nativism, social disturbance, severe deprivation influenced public perceptions that Whitechapel was a notorious den of immorality.
In 1888, such perceptions were strengthened when the series of vicious and grotesque murders attributed to "Jack the Ripper" received unprecedented coverage in the media. The large number of attacks against women in the East End during this time adds uncertainty to how many victims were killed by the same person. Eleven separate murders, stretching from 3 April 1888 to 13 February 1891, were included in a London Metropolitan Police Service investigation and were known collectively in the police docket as the "Whitechapel murders". Opinions vary as to whether these murders should be linked to the same culprit, but five of the eleven Whitechapel murders, known as the "canonical five", are believed to be the work of Jack the Ripper. Most experts point to deep throat slashes and genital-area mutilation, removal of internal organs, progressive facial mutilations as the distinctive features of the Ripper's modus operandi; the first two cases in the Whitechapel murders file, those of Emma Elizabeth Smith and Martha Tabram, are not included in the canonical five.
Smith was robbed and sexually assaulted in Osborn Street, Whitechapel, on 3 April 1888. A blunt object was inserted into her vagina, she died the following day at London Hospital. She said that she had been attacked by three men, one of whom was a teenager; the attack was linked to the murders by the press, but most authors attribute it to gang violence unrelated to the Ripper case. Tabram was killed on 7 August 1888; the savagery of the murder, the lack of obvious motive, the closeness of the location and date to those of the Ripper murders led police to link them. The attack differs from the canonical murders in that Tabram was stabbed rather than slashed at the throat and abdomen, many experts do not connect it with the murders because of the difference in the wound pattern; the canonical five Ripper victims are Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly. Nichols' body was discovered at about 3:40 a.m. on Friday 31 August 1888 in Buck's Row, Whitechapel.
The throat was severed by two cuts, the lower part of the abdomen was ripped open by a deep, jagged wound. Several other incisions on the abdomen were caused by the same knife. Chapman's
Edge of Sanity (film)
Edge of Sanity is a 1989 British horror film directed by Gérard Kikoïne and starring Anthony Perkins. It mixes elements of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with those of tales of Jack the Ripper. In the opening scene, Henry Jekyll, a young boy, witnesses his father committing adultery with another woman in a barn, his father catches him and violently whips Henry for spying, scarring him for life and leading to repressed sadomasochistic longings. Many years in late 1880s England, the adult Dr. Henry Jekyll is experimenting with the human psyche when he accidentally ingests a mix of ether and cocaine and goes insane, he transforms into the monstrous-looking Edward "Jack the Ripper" Hyde and murders a prostitute who resembles one that he met as a child. He begins a killing spree using the mixture, meant to be an anesthetic in order to influence prostitutes and johns to torture and kill each other; the murders gain the attention of a detective from Scotland Yard as well as Jekyll's wife Elisabeth, who begins to suspect where her husband is going at nights.
As "Jack" Hyde, he enlists two assistants to give out his anesthetic drug to distribute among the lower-class population of Whitechapel. One night, after he transforms, Jekyll is followed by Elisabeth to a brothel and from there to a sadomasochistic threesome at a local abandoned warehouse where both of Hyde's partners go crazy and attempt to kill each other and her. Elisabeth subdues and kills both and gets away, he breaks in and murders her before transforming back into Dr. Jekyll, thus getting away with everything and enabling him to continue his killing spree. Anthony Perkins as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Jack "The Ripper" Hyde Glynis Barber as Elisabeth Jekyll Sarah Maur Thorp as Susannah David Lodge as Underwood Ben Cole as Johnny Jill Melford as Flora Noel Coleman as Egglestone Briony McRoberts as Ann Underwood Harry Landis as Coroner Basil Hoskins as Mr. Bottingham A few exterior sets were filmed in London. Vincent Canby stated that he thinks the film looks "19th-century atmospheric". While the film is for the most part set in the Victorian era, some of the wardrobe seems deliberately anachronistic and modern, adding to the film's suurealistic ambience.
Alain Silver compared the style of the film to those directed by Ken Russell, based on the way that the films incorporate the supernatural and sexual imagery. He said that the prostitutes "further unsettle the preconceptions of the audience"; the book Marked Women: Prostitutes and Prostitution in the Cinema uses the film as an example of sexual brutality against women in films. Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times that Anthony Perkins "gives a good, funny, if somewhat lopsided performance as the madman of medicine". TV Guide reviewed the film, giving it 1 out of 4 stars and saying, "EDGE OF SANITY isn't meant to be taken despite its expensive production values and surrealistic photography—both good, but the rest of EDGE OF SANITY doesn't measure up to its technical proficiency." Leonard Maltin described the film as "Tasteless and unpleasant". Edge of Sanity on IMDb