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Authors of new book on link between Arthur Conan Doyle and Jack the Ripper to speak at BMAC

News Release — Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
September 14, 2015

Contact:
Danny Lichtenfeld
[email protected]
802-257-0124, ext. 108

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Cover of “The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle” by Daniel and Eugene Friedman

BRATTLEBORO, VT — In a free talk to be held on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC), Drs. Daniel and Eugene Friedman, co-authors of “The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey Into Madness and Mayhem” (Square One Publishers, 2015) discuss their new book and their theory that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, renowned creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, was the notorious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

In the spring of 1905, members of an exclusive club of crime enthusiasts known as Our Society were taken on a guided excursion through Whitechapel, one of London’s most notorious districts, by Dr. Frederick Gordon Brown, the chief police surgeon for the City of London. But this was no ordinary sightseeing tour. The focus of the outing was Jack the Ripper’s reputed murder sites, and among the guests that day was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Here, now, in “The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle” by first-time son/father writing team Daniel Friedman, MD, and Eugene Friedman, MD, you are cordially invited to join a recreation of that tour. This expedition, however, will differ from the original in one very important way: It will be led by celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. As you stroll beside Doyle and his other guests, you will travel to the location of each of the five canonical Ripper murders. Thanks to your guide’s observations and opinions, all of which are based on actual historical accounts, you will learn as much about the district of Whitechapel as you will the terrible Ripper killings that occurred there.

After each stop on the tour, you will also become acquainted with the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, from his earliest days in Edinburgh to his first taste of success as a writer. You will observe Arthur’s hardships at home, his experiences at boarding school, his adventures at sea, his university education, and his days as a working medical doctor. You will be granted a picture of the man as few have ever seen him. As you alternate between biography and tour, you will become a Holmes-like detective, unearthing facts, discovering details, and piecing together information about both Jack the Ripper and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.

 


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