Home Truths: In conversation with Hallie Rubenhold is a Q&A session exploring how researching Jack the Ripper’s victims informs new ways of understanding the intersection of sleep, homelessness and misogyny past and present.
Hallie Rubenhold is an author and social historian and will be discussing her 2019 book The Five; The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jackthe Ripper , a biography of Jack the Ripper’s victims, who for over 100 years had been understood as prostitutes – influencing how we understood their fate at the hands of the infamous murderer. Uncovering more complicated truths, Hallie’s findings speak to the many factors that lead to female homelessness, a century ago and today.
Hallie argues that misogyny, poverty and homelessness are as culpable for the deaths of Mary-Ann, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane as the murderer.
This event is part of the Museum of the Home’s Festival of Sleep, running from June through September 2022.