Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Wild speculation

Things I have no evidence to back up:

Blue house syndrome - seeing one person paint their house makes you paint yours then others do it, then others, then others, so on.
Jack the Ripper was really multiple people seeing the first murder and figuring "hey, I can do that", creating multiple copycat attempts and making a sport out of killing prostitutes.

The Total Eclipse - an event hidden by the occurrence of a larger incident.
The presses focus on the Jack the Ripper slayings resulted in another brutal killer going unnoticed. Whitehall. Pinchin.

Life imitates art - a fan takes things one step too far.
The incredible performance of Richard Mansfield in the Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde inspired a failed surgeon to re-enact the events of the play on the streets of London.

History of Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper, also known as the Whitechapel murderer or the Leather Apron, was one of the most notorious serial killer of all time. His vicious slaying terrified London’s east end for the better part of four months during the winter of 1888. The ripper would select his victim, generally a prostitute, lead them into an alley and strangle them. After which he would gently place them on the ground, slit their throat and proceed to mutilate them. His obvious skill with a knife and impressive knowledge of anatomy led investigators to believe he might have been a trained surgeon.

The exact number of ripper victims is unclear with numbers ranging from four to as many as twelve, but often five victims are acknowledged as being the work of jack the ripper. Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly. These canonical victims have been directly attributed to Jack the ripper, resulting in the string of other murders at the time to be marked down as isolated incidents, hoaxes, or copycat slayings.

Jack the ripper was never caught. This lack of resolution has given birth to many theories regarding who he really was, some ranging from the mundane, a simple madman who got over hyped, to the extraordinary, a rogue Freemason performing secret rituals in the streets of London. Even a member of the royal family is suspected to have been the ripper. Over the years it’s become harder to differentiate actual documented evidence and the opinions put forth by the public and various researchers.

Perhaps the biggest influence on the case, it was the actions of the press that shaped the myth, turning a string of grisly crimes into one of the greatest mysteries of all time. The Whitechapel murders gave rise to tabloid journalism, sensationalized stories intended to sell papers as the primary means. News agencies would take to publishing whatever they could get their hands on in order to hype up the story, dozens of letters supposedly written by the killer surfaced during the winter of 1888, and it was from one of these letters that Jack the Ripper took his name. Most of the letters were discounted as hoaxes but some are suspected to be legitimate. The interference of the press was so extreme that there exists the possibility that each of the ripper slayings were actually unrelated events tied together in the form of a story.

With all the mishandling of evidence, individuals placing or removing it as they saw fit, the true story was lost in the muddy waters of mystery.


• Introduce, etc. (Roles?)
• We’re doing Jack the Ripper
• Adam: History of Jack the Ripper: Who he was, victims, etc.
• As you follow the game, Journalist collects more and more newspapers.
• Henrik: Talkabout finding clues, pointing and clicking, how you explore the world “through”the newspapers and can only access the areas that are mentioned in them.
• Story element: He finds a clue to a possible murder scene.
• Anya: How the Ripper murders were much more than just violent attacks, how the story was exploited by the media.
• Why the newspaper style is important.
The Alley
• Puzzles and how they don’t break the suspension of disbelief with out of place puzzles. (Like a giant sliding puzzle in the middle of the London skyline… Lolwhut?)
• Flowchart of one puzzle. (The wall puzzle)

Writing on the Wall Puzzle

After Effect

Ugh. *dies*

*brings self back to life and keeps working*

Tuesday, 2 June 2009