I have been fascinated by the case of Jack the Ripper since I was a little girl. This story is something that I had wanted to explore for a long time. What happened to the Ripper that made him stop his murderous spree? Why five victims and then no more?
I had written another story about the Ripper, but it was a humorous take called “A Rip in Time” for Yard Dog Press’s A Bubba in Time Saves None! That was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t the story I really wanted to write about the case.
“Bloody Rain” is a serious story. Of course, it is still a “What if?” No one knows for sure what happened, but I like to think this might have been the answer.
If you would like to read more about Jack the Ripper and his victims, I recommend the following:
Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow
Jack the Ripper: The Simple Truth by Bruce Paley
The Five: The Untold Stories of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Personally, I don’t recommend Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell, because I felt the presentation was flawed. It is possible she is right, but I think she treats her personal theory like fact without fully making the case. It is interesting, and if you want to be a completist, read it.
Here is a long list of nonfiction books about the Ripper and here is a list of fiction (which oddly enough has a lot of the same books…) This is my personal favorite of them–Laura Joh Rowland’s The Ripper’s Shadow: A Victorian Mystery.
Explore the mystery and see what your thoughts might be. Let me know in the comments. I would love to discuss the case with other Ripperologists.