True Crime & Brew Time

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Book Club

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Adults, Adults 21+
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Book Club

Discuss your latest read with friends.

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Join us for True Crime & Brew Time to talk about everyone's favorite true crime obsessions! This month we'll be discussing "The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper" by Hallie Rubenhold. So, crack open a cold one and stop in every last Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm!

Zoom Meeting Link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88271232891

Meeting ID: 882 7123 2891

 

About the book...

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.