Here's What We Know

"Jack the Ripper" with Takers Mad Author Luke Jerod Kummer

June 15, 2022 Gary Scott Thomas Season 1 Episode 86
Here's What We Know
"Jack the Ripper" with Takers Mad Author Luke Jerod Kummer
Show Notes

If you like true crime podcasts, be sure to download this episode!

Author Luke Jerod Kummer uncovered new evidence about the real-life case that captivated New York during the Gilded Age--Jack the Ripper. In this episode, he shares the new evidence that's completely shifting the thoughts on who committed the murder. It's mind-blowing!

In this episode:

  • Choosing between being a professional harmonica player or a writer
  • Problems with the investigation
  • The conviction of the wrong person
  • Inspector Thomas F. Byrnes' power
  • How "Frenchy's" lack of English hurt him
  • Ameer Ben Ali being tortured yet never giving a confession
  • The key that was withheld
  • The research behind his book Takers Mad
  • Discovering new evidence
  • The man who turned in the key
  • Why he chose to make this an audio-only book
  • How he chose the narrator

Luke Jerod Kummer is a writer and an editor. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, New Republic, the Washingtonian, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Village Voice. In 2015, he was honored to edit Shanoor Seervai's bestselling nonfiction Kindle Single, Daughters of the Red Light, the story of a Wall Street Journal reporter's return to India and her struggle to chronicle the lives of women and children in Mumbai's red light district. Kummer's 2019 historical novel, The Blue Period, depicts the tragic events that led a young Pablo Picasso to paint somber portraits in nocturnal shades, before Cubism turned the artist into a celebrity. Booklist called it "lush biographical fiction," and the story was featured in American Way, Literary Hub, The Millions, Full Stop magazine and Marie Claire Greece. Takers Mad, Kummer's new Audible Original, picks up the trail of a real-life murder that transfixed New York during the Gilded Age.

You can grab the audiobook here:
https://www.audible.com/pd/Takers-Mad-Audiobook/B09F3W99PL