The unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper | Jeff Mudgett | TEDxVancouver by TEDx Talks   4 years ago

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Jeff presents evidence in an attempt to solve one of the greatest mysteries of our time. Is the infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes actually Jack the Ripper?
Jeff Mudgett seeks the truth about a deep, dark family secret. A former lawyer and barge business entrepreneur, he learned later in life of a direct ancestral line to perhaps one of the most evil men to ever live, Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as the infamous H.H. Holmes. Unable to continue normal life with such a cloud hanging over his head, Jeff set aside business life and dedicated himself to the reality of his family’s curse. What Jeff will reveal may just prove there is far more to the horror than had ever been previously imagined.



Jeff Mudgett was a sailor, lawyer in both California and Washington States and a tug and barge business entrepreneur. That is until one fateful night, when his Grandfather, at dinner, revealed to the family the horrible secret he’d kept to himself his entire life– Jeff’s Great Great Grandfather had been Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett. Better known as H.H. Holmes. The devil of the White City. The evil genius who murdered untold scores while operating the notorious Murder Castle in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair. Perhaps the singularly most evil man to ever live. Unable to continue with such a cloud hanging over his head, Jeff set his business life aside, instead dedicating himself to researching the infamous legend, spending every ounce of his being attempting to disprove the tale. Unfortunately, not only was the terrible story true, but Jeff’s research quickly revealed there was far more to the horror than had ever previously seen the light of day, including the discovery of credible evidence concerning the identity of Jack the Ripper. Instead of running away from this terrible legacy, Mr. Mudgett decided to tell the world.

Jeff’s psychological journey dancing with these devils while at the same time identifying his own soul are described in his terrifying new book, Bloodstains. More importantly, he tells how investigating the truth has turned the horror of his ancestry into the blessing of realizing the destiny his life was always meant to be: to identify and memorialize those murdered innocents whose remains lay forgotten and betrayed at 63rd & Wallace in Chicago, now a United States Post Office and once the horrible Murder Castle.


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