20 episodes

The streets of wartime London are pitch black and the darkness offers cover to a murderer every bit as terrible as Jack the Ripper. During one awful week in February 1942 he viciously attacks women night after night. But the victims of the so-called Blackout Ripper are now all but forgotten.  

In this season of Bad Women, historian Hallie Rubenhold and criminologist Alice Fiennes share new details from the archives to tell the extraordinary and moving stories of the women who died and why their deaths were swept from view.    

And don't miss season one of Bad Women about a cold case like no other. In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. But everything you think you know about Jack the Ripper and those murdered women is wrong. Hallie reconstructs the lives of the five victims - revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story.

Bad Women: The Blackout Ripper Pushkin

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    • 4.5 • 941 Ratings

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The streets of wartime London are pitch black and the darkness offers cover to a murderer every bit as terrible as Jack the Ripper. During one awful week in February 1942 he viciously attacks women night after night. But the victims of the so-called Blackout Ripper are now all but forgotten.  

In this season of Bad Women, historian Hallie Rubenhold and criminologist Alice Fiennes share new details from the archives to tell the extraordinary and moving stories of the women who died and why their deaths were swept from view.    

And don't miss season one of Bad Women about a cold case like no other. In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. But everything you think you know about Jack the Ripper and those murdered women is wrong. Hallie reconstructs the lives of the five victims - revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    NEW SEASON: The Blackout Ripper coming Oct 11

    NEW SEASON: The Blackout Ripper coming Oct 11

    London is pitch black. It's wartime and the lights are out to confuse Nazi bombers. But in this darkness a killer as warped and as violent as Jack the Ripper is hunting for women night after night in the bomb-damaged streets. 

    The women murdered by the so-called Blackout Ripper received little sympathy at the time and have been largely forgotten since. So historian Hallie Rubenhold and criminologist Alice Fiennes have gathered fresh evidence about the rich and complex lives of the women - and revealing what put them in the path of a killer. 

    Bad Women: The Blackout Ripper starts with a double episode drop on Oct 11. 
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    • 4 min
    Death of an Artist: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre

    Death of an Artist: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre

    We'll be dropping a trailer for the new brand new season of Bad Women next week. But in the meantime, here’s a preview from Death of an Artist, a new podcast from Pushkin Industries.

    For more than 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples: Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death, taking a closer look at how she might have fallen out of the window of  Carl’s 34th floor New York apartment, and the following trial which has divided the art world since 1985.

    Hear more from Death of an Artist at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/artist?sid=women.
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    • 7 min
    Death of an Artist: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre

    Death of an Artist: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre

    We'll be dropping a trailer for the new brand new season of Bad Women next week. But in the meantime, here’s a preview from Death of an Artist, a new podcast from Pushkin Industries.

    For more than 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples: Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death, taking a closer look at how she might have fallen out of the window of  Carl’s 34th floor New York apartment, and the following trial which has divided the art world since 1985.

    Hear more from Death of an Artist at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/artist?sid=women.

    From History Daily: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    From History Daily: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    We’ll be back on October 11th with a brand new season of Bad Women, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a taste of another history podcast we think you'll like.  From History Daily, host Lindsay Graham takes listeners back in time to a certain day in history to explore a momentous event. On this episode, we'll go back to August 10, 1993 when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s 107th justice, becoming only the second woman in history to serve on the country’s highest court.

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    • 20 min
    S1 E15: The Madness of Jacob Levy

    S1 E15: The Madness of Jacob Levy

    Families of Ripper victims often suppressed the memories of their murdered loved ones - fearing the stigma of being related to supposed "prostitutes". And descendants of men accused of being the infamous killer have also had to endure seeing their ancestors' reputations sullied.
    We hear from a living relatives of Annie Chapman... and of Jacob Levy, a Whitechapel butcher whose appalling struggle with mental illness has caused unsympathetic observers to conclude that he was Jack the Ripper.

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    • 38 min
    S1 E14: The Monster Among Us

    S1 E14: The Monster Among Us

    Children around the world are taught about Jack the Ripper and shown graphic images of his victims. Is that wise? Are we in danger of normalising his crimes and encouraging those who seek to venerate and even emulate him?
    Hallie Rubenhold talks to students and teachers, and hears from crime novelist and Ripper investigator Patricia Cornwell about finding a way to discuss the Whitechapel murders without glamorizing the killer.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
941 Ratings

941 Ratings

casiec4 ,

Very Interesting

Thoroughly enjoying this retelling of the Jack the Ripper story. Amazing to have the story of the victims in such detail!
Great job.

warlt28 ,

So well done!

This show is perfect for history buffs! The production quality was amazing. I felt like I was walking the streets of London in the 1880s.

BridgetMVP ,

Great storytelling

This beautifully produced and narrated podcast is fascinating. For all the endless speculation about who “Jack” was, at last we hear in-depth research into the lives of the women he killed.
Some of the reviews here reveal why the author spends time refuting her critics— apparently an opinionated woman is still difficult for some people to accept. And for all those mystified by Hallie Rubenhold’s fluid accent - the answer is right on her Wikipedia page— born in LA to a British father and American mother- educated in both the US and Britain. Mystery solved.

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