Elizabeth Stride – Ripper Victim Series

Elizabeth Stride – Ripper Victim Series Elizabeth “Long Liz” Stride was born Elisabeth Gustafsdotter on November 27, 1843 to Gustaf Ericsson and Beatta Carlsdotter. She grew up on a farm called Stora Tumlead in Torslanda Parish, north of Gothenburg, Sweden until the age of 17 in 1860. At this time she left home and went to work as a domestic servant caring for the four children … Read more

Annie Chapman – Ripper Victim Series

Annie Chapman, known as “Dark Annie” because of her hair color to her friends, was born Eliza Ann Smith on September 1, 1841, the eldest child of George Smith and Ruth Chapman in Knightsbridge, London. At the time of her birth her parents were not married but did marry on February 22, 1842 in Paddington, Central London. She was christened Annie Eliza Chapman at Christ Church, … Read more

Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols – Ripper Victim Series

Mary Ann, known as Polly, was born on August 26, 1845 to an unnamed mother and William Walker, a locksmith and blacksmith. During her childhood they lived on Dean Street in the Soho district of London. During the 1800’s, Soho district, one square miles in size, was a fashion and entertainment hub that was the most densely populated area of London with more than 320 people … Read more

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

The Meanest Son of a Bitch that Ever Lived! John Reese Prater (1889-1929) worked as a security guard for the railroad in Morgan County, Kentucky. He was married to Edna Lee Bailey (1890-1964) and had seven children. Tragically his only daughter died of whooping cough at just under two years of age in 1917. He was known to be a hardworking man who took care of … Read more

Thomas DeJong: Abused to Death

Just before 4pm on March 11, 2011, 54 year old Susan DeJong called the Jefferson County Nebraska emergency dispatch to report that her 52 year old husband Thomas was not breathing and was cold to the touch. She stated that Tom had been in South Dakota to be with his “whore” and came home “all beat up”. The operator had Susan begin CPR until emergency units … Read more