The London of The Ripper and Beyond

January 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Crime, Culture, History, Poetry) (, , , , , )

The London of The Ripper and Beyond

The clock tower ringed by fog and mist
a sentinel of time shrouded in mystery
The cling clang of horse’s hooves across the bridge
signaling a time other than our own
when our transport vehicles are silent
save for the incessant honking of the horn by the solipsistic narcissist within.

Carriage stops
door opens
out steps a man in black
black hat
black cloak
black cape

A woman’s scream in the night
that seems to piece the very fog itself
Such a scream was the signal of distress in the Ripper’s London.

And like those times of fog and mist
The Ripper legend continues to be shrouded in mystery.
Oh what foul deeds of darkness were then committed in the dark of night
Foul deeds that now are committed by others and broadcast on TV-morning, evening, day and night
In these times, darkness has become our normal light.

-A poem written by Christopher
Sunday January 10th


  1. Nicholas C. Rossis said,

    Most chilling and excellent!

  2. anaatcalin said,

    Vrey much “The Ripper”. Evokes just the right emotions

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks very much, Ana. πŸ™‚

      Glad I was able to catch the mood and atmosphere of the London of 1888.

  3. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    Excellent poem, Chris! The images it evokes in my mind are vivid!
    I’ve always had a fascination with Jack. I read a few books on him years ago…including one by Patricia Cromwell. And “From Hell” is one of my fav movies.
    It’s sad that darkness has become our normal light.
    I’m still trying to shine some light in the darkness with my words, actions, and even my writing. πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      “From Hell” was one of my favourite movies too.

      Johnny Depp was priceless as the Scotland Yard inspector.

      Glad that you’re still shining your light in the darkness, Carolyn. πŸ™‚

  4. Hyperion said,

    Excellent imagery and point. You have the gift to bring so many thoughts and emotions to the front of the reader’s mind. Drive on Chris. Your unflagging talent is evident in all you do.

  5. ѕнєяяιє βˆ‚Ρ” ναℓєяια said,

    Very much alike the writing of Gaiman.
    Excellent and chilling, Chris!
    Just love it.

    Did you watch the 2001 Movie of Jack the Ripper with Johnny Depp called as “From Hell”? That was awesome. Kind of frightening but brilliantly made.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks very much, Sherrie. πŸ™‚

      Yes, I did see the movie From Hell.

      In Stephen Knight’s book The Brotherhood about Freemasonry in Britain, he always thought that the Royal Family’s physician a high-ranking Freemason was the one who murdered those women of the evening in order to cover up the fact that the Duke of Clarence (who would be the equivalent of Prince William today- he was the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) had covertly married a Roman Catholic woman and these women knew about it.

      Then Freemasons at Scotland Yard covered up the murder.

      • ѕнєяяιє βˆ‚Ρ” ναℓєяια said,

        It does not matter which class of family or people you come from and that if you are such a bastard, then you are THAT bastard, you know.

        If a commoner did any crime, it is simply normal to the average community where else if a royal did it, it is simply scandalous just because they are of higher rank people.

        So, I don’t think being higher or being famous do you any good. Imagine it that you just grab an apple from the fence of your neighbour and BAMMM! You are stood there as the worse thief ever stealing your neighbour’s apple???? Uh! I do not want to be famous!


      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        No, that is one of the drawbacks of being famous.

        Everybody watches what you do.

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