19 episodes

It’s a cold case like no other. In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. The attacks were so violent that the killer earned a nickname - Jack the Ripper.
But everything you think you know about Jack and those murdered women is wrong.
Historian Hallie Rubenhold uncovers new facts about the five victims - revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story.

Bad Women: The Ripper Retold Pushkin

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 927 Ratings

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It’s a cold case like no other. In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. The attacks were so violent that the killer earned a nickname - Jack the Ripper.
But everything you think you know about Jack and those murdered women is wrong.
Historian Hallie Rubenhold uncovers new facts about the five victims - revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Death on the Dancefloor from Cautionary Tales

    Death on the Dancefloor from Cautionary Tales

    Here’s a special preview of the new season of Cautionary Tales, from Pushkin. On Cautionary Tales, bestselling author Tim Harford shares stories of human error, natural disasters, and tragic catastrophes from history that contain important lessons for today. In this preview, you’ll hear about the 1981 Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse, a shocking design failure that resulted in 114 deaths and many more injuries.
    Hear the full story and more from Cautionary Tales at https://link.chtbl.com/badwomencautionary

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    • 13 min
    From Deep Cover: Who Was Bob Cooley?

    From Deep Cover: Who Was Bob Cooley?

    Deep Cover tells true stories of crime and corruption. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Halpern reveals dark underworlds most of us know nothing about. The new season, Mob Land, tells the true story of a high-rolling Chicago lawyer who fixed court cases for the mob. He did this for years, until he decided to betray them and work with the FBI. He wears a wire to expose a black market of corruption—where politicians were bought and justice was sold. Where, for the right price, even murderers could walk free. With first-hand interviews from FBI agents, mobsters, family members, and criminals, the story is truly a wild journey into a world of corruption, murder and deceit.

    Today, we're sharing a preview of Episode 1. You can listen to the new Deep Cover season now at https://link.chtbl.com/badwomendeepcover

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    • 8 min
    Lost Hills Season 2: Dead in the Water

    Lost Hills Season 2: Dead in the Water

    This week, we're sharing a special preview of the new season of Pushkin's show Lost Hills: Dead in the Water. Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.
    Season 2 takes place in the early ‘80s, as Malibu was changing from a low-profile beach town into a celebrity haven, full of new money and hard drugs. When a woman and her son mysteriously drowned, her husband was arrested for their murders—and ultimately convicted. But to this day, many people—including the victim's family—claim he’s innocent.

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    • 8 min
    E15: The Madness of Jacob Levy

    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
    E14: The Monster Among Us

    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
    E13; The Bones of Marie Jeanette

    E13; The Bones of Marie Jeanette

    Mary Jane Kelly was the final victim of Jack the Ripper. And the mutilation of her body was more horrendous than in any previous murder. But something also sets her apart from the other victims. Her youth, her reputed beauty and the nature of her death have resulted in a strange cult growing up around her. Even her corpse cannot rest in peace... with some demanding that her bones been exhumed for examination.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
927 Ratings

927 Ratings

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.

BigApple2022 ,

Who Cares Who Ripper Was

Excellent reveal of the murdered and exploited women who have been discarded and ignored in the Ripper case. Who cares who Ripper could've been? Due to society's restrictive expectations and prejudices, these women's lives are only illuminated through Hallie. A must for those who are eager to hear another angle of this story and whose threads still run throughout society today.

trevdftguvhttfyht ,

Excellent podcast series

I had just read the book The Five by Hallie Rubenold. This podcast brought the book to life. I loved the addition of music and sound and I binged the whole series in 2 days. Highly recommend!

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