Reviews
I’ve very much enjoyed all episodes of this deeply researched, well-produced, and well-written podcast. It provides a fresh and badly needed perspective on a hideous part of the true crime industry, and sheds light on how our attitudes towards poverty, sex work, and women generally have...Read full review »
Podcast Evangelist via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/22
This host must have treated people horribly or thought awful thoughts about people. It seems like it’s news to her that the Ripper victims were at risk woman that were exploited. News flash it was like that 130 years ago and it still exists.
SamMahony via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/15/22
Just finished episode 1 - and I'm already hooked. A marathon of listening scheduled for this weekend. Thanks for hanging in there; boo to RiperologistsRead full review »
turtlerunlive via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/15/22
I find the new information the author has found on the “five” victims quite interesting and believe her hypothesis has merit. However, each podcast is ruined by her political “woke” soapbox; the latter half of each episode is dedicated on how the five women were victimized by society and the...Read full review »
[email protected] via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/15/22
Brilliant podcast that humanizes the victims of Jack the Ripper, which shows how poverty and other social ills put the women at greater and greater risk of violence.
Torontese via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/14/22
Two stars come from the history, which is super interested and thoroughly researched. I find the host intolerable, with her moral superiority complex and inability to understand why people find the enduring mystery of Jack the Ripper fascinating. She clearly looks down on people who find true...Read full review »
c158387218 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/13/22
I really enjoyed this podcast. Great to finally learn more about the lives of the women
Fr3kl3s via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/13/22
I started this thinking it would probably be pretty interesting. About 5 minutes into the first episode I was hooked and couldn’t listen to the entire series fast enough. Truly a MUST LISTEN for true crime and/or historical enthusiasts.
LankaKitten via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/13/22
This is not your usual true crime podcast. Into an area where you might have thought you knew something about, the Ripper murders, this podcast tells the stories of the women killed. These are some of the best researched and told stories of these women,‘s, and by that it follows, thousands of...Read full review »
Samphire69 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/12/22
I never ventured into Ripper podcasts as the underlying misogamy of a lot of presenters is off putting. This however is a much better exploration of the people who should be centred in the discussion.
Zee.Moon via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/11/22
Very good
121664 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/09/22
So thorough and thought-provoking with great production. I just loved each episode and was sad when it ended.
jo dox via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 01/08/22
Hallie Rubenhold is an outstanding researcher and it is with this keen ability for uncovering the truth, seen as she brings to light the lives and hardships of the women who died at the hands of ‘the’Victorian serial killer, ‘Jack the Ripper’. These victims truly have an advocate in Ms Rubenhold....Read full review »
Lpisahere via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/08/22
This podcast is really excellent. It is interesting and compelling. It is also a woman doing academic history which, evidently, is not for everyone.
Chwatuva via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/07/22
I love this podcast
Bespusia Caquanshi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/06/22
I enjoyed this podcast. I’m not actually interested in “Ripperology” but I found this to be an interesting study in the general experience of the lower classes in Victorian London. But Halle’s narration, while compelling, is also a little smug and self-righteous. She’s at her best talking about...Read full review »
ElizaMKelly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/04/22
I truly enjoyed this pod cast. It is written well and presents a different position on the women that were victims. Thank you for doing this podcast!!!!
Agamemamin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/04/22
I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast; well researched, balanced and refreshing that the focus was on the victims. Eye-opening to say the least. Really fascinating from a historical perspective also examining Victorian lives. Great work Hallie!
Claire Dalton via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/04/22
Started really interesting but after repeatedly going off story in order to bring up her issues with other historians (the same points over and over) I gave up as there was too much politics and bating of other historians and less actual story.
Lcsch78 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/03/22
I absolutely love this series. Halley does a superb job and I must binge her work.
Luckiirish via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/03/22
As a male listener, the misogyny of some of the critics of this podcast are shockingly laughable. This is a fascinating pod and an excellent and important piece of social history. Thank you Hallie.
si235 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/02/22
History doesn’t get much better than this - a consistently superb set of episodes that are both informative and thought provoking. Obviously a lot of it isn’t pretty but the episodes get to the heart of the innocent victims of the Ripper and make them into real people. Bravo
Spofferoonie via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/01/22
Thank you for this amazing podcast! I loved every episode, I was taken on a Jack the Ripper tour when I was in school, it was so inappropriate being show a picture of the victims bodies as a child. It was really important to discuss how children have been taught this one sided narrative.
zozohorgz via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/30/21
A shame because the author/podcaster is clearly so well versed in the subject matter and a different take on the subject is clearly, sorely needed to realise these were intricate people that just happened to end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the host is…bitter, almost angry at...Read full review »
Rob_3000 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/29/21
What I appreciated most about this excellently researched and written podcast was the way in which it restored the humanity of these women who heretofore have only ever been known for their victimhood.
morueca via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/29/21
This is truly a powerful, insightful, deep, and important podcast. Every episode was excellent, well researched and valuable. Thank you, Hallie. This podcast and your book are necessary.
Msiever via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/29/21
Thank you for this podcast! As a new Londoner, this podcast opened my eyes to what happened all those years ago and the stories of these women who deserve to have a voice. Consider my empathy muscles strengthened. 5*
watiekood via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/28/21
I couldn’t put this podcast down I absolutely loved the entire thing and loved following along each new episode to the stories of each of the women. I loved the point about empathy and i think it’ll be hard to find another podcast as absolutely mesmerizing and absorbing as this one.
elxanor via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/28/21
If cringe-inducing bouts of dramatisation, half-understood historical clichés, a middlebrow taste level and excessive focus on the least interesting aspects of this case are your thing, you’ll probably enjoy this. Just… weirdly bad.
nyalathotep via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 12/28/21
Well done to Hallie , and to all concerned. It’s amazing if you scratch the surface what you can find out , instead of accepting one side of the story . Found this very interesting and really moving at times. I think we need to remember, it doesn’t matter what women do as a job we don’t deserve...Read full review »
Jacx6 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/28/21
Loved the book and really enjoyed this podcast.
aaarghn via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/28/21
I’m loving this new take on Jack the Ripper! I’ve been interested in unsolved true crime for many years now; in particular serial killers including Jack the Ripper. As a feminist I’m ashamed to admit that knowing about the victims lives may be the most important piece to possibly figuring out who...Read full review »
Coley.10 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/28/21
Really enjoyed this one and amazed to hear the debunking of the myth that these women were all throw aways. So interesting to hear the deeper stories of their lives. One thing that detracts and distracts from this pod is the host’s accent. While narrating Hallie has this very posh English accent....Read full review »
Jaadciam via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/28/21
Eye opening - changed all I thought I knew about this famous crime. Very well told !
heleninFrance via Apple Podcasts · France · 12/28/21
I’m a historian of the 19th century myself and like most who specialise in the subject I always thought I wouldn’t touch the subject of the Whitechapel Murders with a barge pole. So huge kudos to Rubenfold for tackling this head on in such a measured, thoughtful and well-researched way. It not...Read full review »
Huxylady via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/28/21
True Crime stories can be incredibly valuable when the focus is on empathy with the victims and understanding how society played a role in their deaths and how we can help change the outcome for our future. The podcast nails it, it’s incredibly informative, challenges the long-held incorrect...Read full review »
sweetchic93 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/28/21
This podcast had me interested from the beginning. It felt fresh and full of new information. I loved hearing about the women and what their lives were like. Unfortunately, the host quickly seems to forget the purpose of the podcast and spends most of the time bashing other researchers. She feels...Read full review »
Aurora1224 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/26/21
I came here like so many excited to hear a different perspective. You get the same thing. Speculation and smugness. The story teller is highly hypocritical. I deduced from her research that sadly many women did turn to prostitution. She doesn’t do those victims any justice by trying to force a...Read full review »
holynonicknamesleft via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/24/21
Was very interested. Sent here by Gladwell. Lost interest when the host just started rambling about her enemies. All that did was introduce an element of doubt after she already had me trusting her research.
Colorado Mountain Runner via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/24/21
I read the book a few years ago and was so pleased that finally this serial killer’s story is focused on the women who were brutally murdered. Their lives were all more complicated and compelling than previously told. They are and were more than “prostitutes”. Mothers, daughters, friends and...Read full review »
Jane Morgan. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/23/21
A well produced and written show which offers a fascinating and overlooked side of the story of Jack the Ripper. I learned so much about the women and the world they lived in.
lulubinx via Apple Podcasts · Belgium · 12/23/21
Really well done. I learned so much about the victims and am impressed by the research. It definitely felt like I walked into an internet fight though. I agreed with her argument, but she kept talking about it in a kind of smug way.
cnunez13 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/23/21
I was so enamored by this podcast. I listened to every episode as soon as it came out, and I loved how the host righted so many generational wrongs. But as soon as you throw other, victim focused podcasts under the bus (for what??) I was immediately lost. Morbid has and always has focused on the...Read full review »
Lyssa Leann via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/22/21
If you took her catty comments out of the episodes they would be ten minutes long.
shhhhley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/22/21
I’m so happy I learned about this podcast! It’s so well done! Hallie is a brilliant historian with a satisfying accent and voice. It gave me a much better idea of what Victorian England was like and made me question all my assumptions about Jack the Ripper. His victims lived rich and fascinating...Read full review »
Runjumpswimplay via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/21/21
I read her book The Five and fully enjoyed it, so it pains me to say that as a podcast host I find her to be extraordinarily smug at times. This attitude was not apparent in her book, so I was a bit taken aback and it leaves me with ambivalent feelings in regards to rating this. I really...Read full review »
Duffyj83 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/21/21
The host is interesting, and does present the victims well, but the entire first episode and a good portion of the rest are engaged in denigrating and disparaging other researchers who have equally credible sources. It’s tiresome. Her language tends towards the dramatic, which I don’t mind, but...Read full review »
GenYKitKat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/20/21
I’m thoroughly enjoying this podcast. Looking forward to cracking open her book. Thank you for shining a light on women’s history, whose voices were silenced by the misogynistic vantage point of earlier historians!
MrsRudo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/21
I liked it a lot in many ways. Echoing a lot of others, it’s provides a refreshing and needed perspective. My reason for not giving it 5 stars - I feel like a better job could have been done of contextualizing the use of dated terminology for sex workers and explaining why this language was (and...Read full review »
sofiebee via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/16/21
Really enjoying so far. Also found it terribly sad, both the society that these women lived in and the attitudes that still prevail today. It left me asking many questions about society’s obsession with Jack the Ripper. I’m horrified that Trevor was a police detective. REALLY???!!!!’ That’s more...Read full review »
Abbypinkcustard via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/15/21
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