• Summary

  • The streets of wartime London are pitch black and the darkness offers cover to a murderer every bit as terrible as Jack the Ripper. During one awful week in February 1942 he viciously attacks women night after night. But the victims of the so-called Blackout Ripper are now all but forgotten.  

    In this season of Bad Women, historian Hallie Rubenhold and criminologist Alice Fiennes share new details from the archives to tell the extraordinary and moving stories of the women who died and why their deaths were swept from view.    

    And don't miss season one of Bad Women about a cold case like no other. In the fall of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in the slums of London. But everything you think you know about Jack the Ripper and those murdered women is wrong. Hallie reconstructs the lives of the five victims - revealing the appalling treatment they faced as women in the 1880s, and completely overturning the accepted Ripper story.

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  • Sep 27 2022

    London is pitch black. It's wartime and the lights are out to confuse Nazi bombers. But in this darkness a killer as warped and as violent as Jack the Ripper is hunting for women night after night in the bomb-damaged streets. 

    The women murdered by the so-called Blackout Ripper received little sympathy at the time and have been largely forgotten since. So historian Hallie Rubenhold and criminologist Alice Fiennes have gathered fresh evidence about the rich and complex lives of the women - and revealing what put them in the path of a killer. 

    Bad Women: The Blackout Ripper starts with a double episode drop on Oct 11. 

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    4 mins
  • Sep 23 2022

    We'll be dropping a trailer for the new brand new season of Bad Women next week. But in the meantime, here’s a preview from Death of an Artist, a new podcast from Pushkin Industries.

    For more than 35 years, accusations of murder shrouded one of the art world’s most storied couples: Was the famous sculptor Carl Andre involved in the death of his up-and-coming artist wife Ana Mendieta? Host Helen Molesworth revisits Mendieta’s death, taking a closer look at how she might have fallen out of the window of  Carl’s 34th floor New York apartment, and the following trial which has divided the art world since 1985.

    Hear more from Death of an Artist at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/artist?sid=women.

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    8 mins
  • Sep 20 2022

    We’ll be back on October 11th with a brand new season of Bad Women, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a taste of another history podcast we think you'll like.  From History Daily, host Lindsay Graham takes listeners back in time to a certain day in history to explore a momentous event. On this episode, we'll go back to August 10, 1993 when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s 107th justice, becoming only the second woman in history to serve on the country’s highest court.

    Find History Daily wherever you get podcasts. 

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    20 mins

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A informative look at the women Jack killed

4 stars - It was really good

Trigger Warnings: suicide, death, gore, alcoholism, death of Children, miscarriage and stillborn, grief, domestic violence, homelessness, starvation, prostitution

This podcast series discusses the lives of the five women who were brutally murdered by Jack the Ripper. A lot of the information presented in this series was covered in Rubenhold’s book The Five, but she also includes interviews with Ripperologists, sex workers, her own experiences since writing the book, and much more.

I enjoyed this podcast series a lot. Yes, this is just an abbreviated version of her book but the interviews in this really brought a new look at these women. I really loved how she provided all the different points of views on who Jack the Ripper is and why he might have been killing these women, even the views that were directly negative about her work. I loved how frank she was about the negativity she has experienced since the book came out.

If you are interested in the women who were killed, not who Jack might have been, I highly suggest this podcast series or her book The Five.

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Great new view of a well tread story

I've listened to 7 episodes so far and am really enjoying hearing a true crime story from the victims. So often, we only hear and analyze and retell the murders story. In the case of Jack the Ripper we really don't even have the murders side (as we don't know who they were) so all we are really hearing is speculation and profiles. This podcast gives the stories of the victims and the period in which they lived. It's based on actual people and is very compelling. I definitely recommend.

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fantastic

I really enjoyed this podcast so far. I heard a clip while listening to redrum and came straight over. The author and "narrator" is fantastic. She enjoys telling the stories of the women she has uncovered. the audio clips really set the tone I like the background music and voices. thank you for a great podcast.

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Jack met his Match and he isn't even in her Top 5!

I was fascinated by Jack the Ripper since I was a child and first read about him in a school library book called, "Strange but True: Stories to Horrify". I walked down the Jack the Ripper display at Madam Tussaud's alone because my family didn't want to see it. My best friend and I snuck into a showing of "From Hell" we were too young to buy tickets for.

And then, some where in early high school, I saw the famous photos of Elizabeth Stride and Mary Kelly. Suddenly, Jack wasn't spooky fun anymore, suddenly the women he killed were real people to me, I was disgusted with myself and done with him.

I went on to develop I deep passion for true crime, especially when explored through the eyes and voices and experiences of women. Jack the Ripper, obviously, came up A LOT, and I was always a little disappointed when he did.

To me, Jack the Ripper became a mark of adolescence in the true crime genre. Partly because of where he fit in my own life and partly because of the way I saw his crimes portrayed. There was this vile fascination with the sex, the gore, the Mystery. So I often tuned out when he was brought up.

Then I heard an interview and pitch for Bad Women on another podcast. Suddenly, I was back in that school library, wanting to know more and for the first time in decades I didn't tune out. And I am so Glad I didn't.

This is the story I have been craving since I first saw those pictures. This is the Ripper story, Finally, in the hands of a grown-up.

Move over Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper has finally met his match. And the best part is, he isn't even in her Top Five.

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interesting, different view on whitechapel

I like the way the author highlights the women instead of the murderer. This isn't a classic who-dunnit, it tells the stories about the women in whitechapel, trying to survive in a country with strict Victorian rules for (especially poor) women. If you are afraid of feminist viewpoints, this is probably not for you, on the other hand, maybe it opens your mind :-).

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  • Harry M.
  • 12-24-21

Just excellent

This show is so good that I couldn't stop telling my friends to listen to it, and I bought my mum the book for Christmas. You're doing yourself a disservice is you don't try this podcast

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