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The murdered women laid down their lives and surrendered their souls not for Queen and country, but for a future industry of endless speculation and increasingly difficult research. It is easier to pierce the soft skin of a living victim than to penetrate the veil of time and diminishing accurate resources.
The problem with history is that quite often the people living it simply were not paying attention. It wasn't history to them, it was life and life only. But it's allright, Ma, Tom Wescott will leave the gaslight on for you in RIPPER CONFIDENTIAL: New Research on the Whitechapel Murders.
Tom Wescott was born in Jefferson City, MO in 1973 and moved to Oklahoma in 1985. Along the way he discovered a love for music, film, and mystery..both of the fictional and non-fictional variety.
While perusing horror novels at a used book store in 1997 he discovered an abandoned and misplaced non-fiction book tossed crookedly on top of the orderly row of novels. It was a book on Jack the Ripper. He took it home, read it, and wondered if he’d read the ‘final solution’. So he went to the library and checked out a couple more books on the case…then a couple more…then he found this place called on this thing called the internet he was working to figure out.
Over the next 15 years Wescott published as many as 20 essays on the Ripper case in a selection of journals devoted to the topic: Ripperologist, Ripper Notes, Casebook Examiner, and many others. In 2014 he published his first full-length book on the case, offering new information and insights not seen in any other book on the Ripper mystery. It has been two years since Tom was on our show, but he had finally recovered from the shock and is ready to brave the world's most entertaining and addictive true crime radio program, TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED, celebrating nine years as the standard of eccentric investigation.