As a budding Jack the Ripper enthusiast myself, I have always found it difficult to take in new media driven forms of conspiracy ladened wares. Well, so many 'Jack the Ripper revelations' have come to light over the years, that I have started to become somewhat immune to it all of this by now. Sir William Gull was the Ripper - Prince Albert was the Ripper - Lewis Caroll was the Ripper - A Barber was the Ripper - A Jew was the Ripper - A Woman was the Ripper - A Poof was the Ripper - and the list goes on, and on, and on. However, recently, my mate Spiro (or Grandma Josephine as I like to call him), has managed to change all of that around for me.

Jack the Ripper and Black Magic

So who is Spiro? Spiro Dimolianis lives in Sydney, Australia, and has had an interest in Jack the Ripper ever since he can remember. He is a passionate writer, and for the past 15 years, he has been active as an investigative journalist, crime historian, and scriptwriter. He has written for the respected UK periodical "Ripperologist" and manages two websites for professional and aspiring authors, "Jack the Ripper Writers" and "Australian Writers Online".

What is his book all about then? His new book, "Jack the Ripper and Black Magic: Victorian Conspiracy Theories, Secret Societies and the Supernatural Mystique of the Whitechapel Murders", challenges the established story of Jack the Ripper, and gives a unique insight into Victorian perceptions and beliefs on the case as it explores how the concept of conspiracy theories has shaped its history. It also fully examines, for the first time, the secret service files of the period on the Ripper investigation that have recently come to widespread media attention. Moreover, Spiros account has been aided by noted Ripperologist, and technical adviser on the film 'From Hell', Stewart P. Evans.

In essence, this book is a gothic tale of Victorian conspiracies, the supernatural, secret societies, and the police. Scotland Yard hunted a serial killer shrouded in politics as the mutilator of East End prostitutes infused pop culture with demonic horror. Now this book uses historic sources and rare official reports to reveal dark and supernatural aspects of the Ripper case.

Where can I go to find out more:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-the-Ripper/201356999880694?sk=wall
McFarland Publications:  www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4547-9
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/google_preview/10148600
Or alternatively, you can buy it from Amazon by clicking on the link above or bellow.

Final thoughts... Jack the Ripper is an urban myth, who has been dramatized in films such as 'From Hell', mused within songs such as 'Through The Eyes of Robert Lees', and chronicled in literary form like Spiro's book "Jack the Ripper and Black Magic: Victorian Conspiracy Theories, Secret Societies and the Supernatural Mystique of the Whitechapel Murders". Will his myth perpetuate over time? Should do. Will his mystery ever be solved? Debatable. Do you want to know more? That, my friend, is a question only you can answer...