Daily Mirror assistant editor recalls covering the Ripper murders as a young reporter
It began with a murder that went mostly unremarked – but it was the start of a nightmare that would last years and terrify millions of women across the nation.
The body of prostitute Emily Jackson, 42, a mum of three, was found on a cold January morning in 1976 by workmen in a derelict site in Leeds.
It was linked to the murder of another streetwalker Wilma McCann. The connection sparked the biggest manhunt in British history and the emergence of one of the world’s most notorious killers.
Later, as the number of bodies rose, public concern turned to panic and the north of England fell under the fear of the man dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper.
For six long years, women were terrified to walk alone. Children told each other tales of the monster stalking the streets. Stories did the rounds in pubs of the victims’ horribly mutilated bodies. Police seemed powerless.
In late 1875, Sioux and Cheyenne Indians defiantly left their reservations, outraged over the continued intrusions of whites into their sacred lands in the Black Hills. They gathered in Montana with the great warrior Sitting Bull to fight for their lands. The following spring, two victories over the US Cavalry emboldened them to fight on in the summer of 1876.
To force the large Indian army back to the reservations, the Army dispatched three columns to attack in coordinated fashion, one of which contained Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry. Spotting the Sioux village about fifteen miles away along the Rosebud River on June 25, Custer also found a nearby group of about forty warriors. Ignoring orders to wait, he decided to attack before they could alert the main party. He did not realize that the number of warriors in the village numbered three times his strength. Dividing his forces in three, Custer sent troops under Captain Frederick Benteen to prevent their escape through the upper valley of the Little Bighorn River. Major Marcus Reno was to pursue the group, cross the river, and charge the Indian village in a coordinated effort with the remaining troops under his command. He hoped to strike the Indian encampment at the northern and southern ends simultaneously, but made this decision without knowing what kind of terrain he would have to cross before making his assault. He belatedly discovered that he would have to negotiate a maze of bluffs and ravines to attack.
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death, this documentary presented an intimate portrait of one of the greatest monsters of the 20th century, including fresh evidence about his relationships with women, his family and his inner circle & a man who still mistakenly provides a source of inspiration both past and present in countries as varied as Russia, China, North Korea, Greece and the U.K.
The West has rarely glimpsed behind Stalin’s granite mask into his extraordinary private world. But through interviews with family members, the programme reveals details about Stalin’s passions as well as his implacable cruelty.
Filmed extensively in Russia, including carefully researched reconstructions, this documentary offers intriguing insights into his motives and behaviour but makes no effort to disprove the strongly held view held in members of the world’s socialist stupidity that he could do no wrong.
This 2 part documentary by the BBC examines the claims that Pakistan deceived the United States for a decade, since 9/11 in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
As told by senior intelligent officials, diplomats and Taliban members, ‘Secret Pakistan’ investigates how and why Pakistan and the ISI (Pakistan’s Intelligent Services) supported the Taliban even though publicly, Pakistan was considered one of America’s most important allies.
Part 1 of the documentary titled ‘Double Cross’ starts with the events right after 9/11 and the first US bombings of Afghanistan. Several incidents such as Pakistani military planes airlifting Taliban leaders out of Afghanistan and a Pakistani orchestrated ceasefire, shed light on Pakistan’s involvement with the Taliban in terms of supplying weapons, training and providing hiding locations.
In the second part titled ‘Backlash’ the filmmakers tackle the turning point, which led the U.S. administration to change its policies towards Pakistan. Under president Obama, the U.S. employs drones to bomb targets in Pakistan and the CIA starts a secret war, which eventually leads to the killing of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
With the main focus being the events which unfolded over the last decade ‘Secret Pakistan’ also touches on the effects this war has had on other countries such as the 2005 bombing in London and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The claims made in ‘Secret Pakistan’ have been denied by Pakistan’s military and ISI figures and due to the nature of its content, it has led to banning of BBC World News in Pakistan.
In the summer of 1939 Albert Einstein was on holiday in a small resort town on the tip of Long Island. His peaceful summer, however, was about to be shattered by a visit from an old friend and colleague from his years in Berlin. The visitor was the physicist Leo Szilard. He had come to tell Einstein that he feared the Nazis could soon be in possession of a terrible new weapon and that something had to be done.
Szilard believed that recent scientific breakthroughs meant it was now possible to convert mass into energy. And that this could be used to make a bomb. If this were to happen, it would be a terrible realisation of the law of nature Einstein had discovered some 34 years earlier. September 1905 was Einstein’s ‘miracle year’. While working as a patents clerk in the Swiss capital Berne Einstein submitted a three-page supplement to his special theory of relativity, published earlier that year. In those pages he derived the most famous equation of all time; e=mc², energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light squared.
The equation showed that mass and energy were related and that one could, in theory, be transformed into the other. But because the speed of light squared is such a huge number, it meant that even a small amount of mass could potentially be converted into a huge amount of energy. Ever since the discovery of radioactivity in the late 19th century, scientists had realised that the atomic nucleus could contain a large amount of energy. Einstein’s revolutionary equation showed them, for the first time, just how much there was.
The “UFOs: The Secret Evidence” documentary presents what the world governments really know about UFOs. Includes 44 original UFO film clips from around the world, most of which have never been seen until this feature documentary was originally introduced to the general public and also includes film clips from the archives of both NASA and the U.S. Air Force.
“UFOs: The Secret Evidence” features leading scientists and researchers such as Astrophysicist – Dr. Johannes Von Buttlar, Orientalist – Zecharia Sitchin, Nuclear Physicist – Robert Lazar, Researcher – Jorge Martin, and Military Officers: Lt. Col. Wendell C. Stevens, USAF, Retired, Commander Graham Bethune, Com/Sgt. Major Robert O. Dean, Danish Air Force Co. Major Hans C. Petersen, Soviet Air Force Test Pilot – Dr. Marina Popovich.
This feature film also includes an investigation into the true alien abduction story of Amaury Rivera in Puerto Rico.