17 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 Industries

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 758 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

    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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    • 44 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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    • 36 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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    • 39 min
    E12: The Mystery of Mary Jane Kelly

    E12: The Mystery of Mary Jane Kelly

    Mary Jane Kelly's life ended brutally in a small room in Whitechapel - but what journey brought her to East London? She sold sex in her final years - but was she born to a rich family or was she the teenage bride of a coal miner? Had she been tricked into sex slavery abroad, escaped and gone on the run from her criminal traffickers? Was Mary Jane Kelly even her real name?
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    • 40 min
    E11: Chamber of Horrors

    E11: Chamber of Horrors

    In October 1888, Jack the Ripper went to ground. Although the murders seemed to ceased, public interest in the killings remained intense. Entrepreneurs exploited this prurience for profit - even opening blood-drenched waxworks exhibits in Whitechapel. This melding of fact and fiction, murder and mammon persists to this day.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
758 Ratings

758 Ratings

Podcast Evangelist ,

BRILLIANT podcast! But what’s with the changing accent?

I’ve very much enjoyed all episodes of this deeply researched, well-produced, and well-written podcast. It provides a fresh and badly needed perspective on a hideous part of the true crime industry, and sheds light on how our attitudes towards poverty, sex work, and women generally have influenced the popularity of the Ripper story and all its spin-offs.

I do have to ask what motivates the highly effective host to switch her accent over to something closer to an American one whenever she interviews and interacts with an American guest. It drove me crazy every time!

Thank you Ms. Rubenhold. I hope there are more podcasts in your future.

Torontese ,

Insightful, compassionate reframing of the Jack the Ripper story

Brilliant podcast that humanizes the victims of Jack the Ripper, which shows how poverty and other social ills put the women at greater and greater risk of violence.

SamMahony ,

Preachy

This host must have treated people horribly or thought awful thoughts about people. It seems like it’s news to her that the Ripper victims were at risk woman that were exploited. News flash it was like that 130 years ago and it still exists.

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