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November 1, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Jack the Ripper

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Patrick Lucanio talks about how the notorious killer has been portrayed in entertainment.

Patrick Lucanio will give an illustrated talk about the many versions of the notorious British serial killer Jack the Ripper that have appeared in literature, film, TV, and radio. The presentation is based on his acclaimed book, “Jack the Ripper: His Life and Crimes in Popular Entertainment,” co-authored by historian Gary Coville.

“The identity of Jack the Ripper has consumed public curiosity since the murderer first tormented the East End of London in 1888,” says Lucanio. “Countless theories have been offered as to the Ripper’s identity but a definite answer has always been elusive. He remains in the shadows where, it seems, only imaginative literature has been able to elucidate his meaning to the modern world.”

Lucanio explains that writers have either “plucked him out of history to offer biographical works about his crimes, or they have rendered Jack the Ripper in a more supernatural context,” Lucanio says. “The former works depict Jack the Ripper as an historical figure not unlike Attila the Hun, Billy the Kid, and Al Capone. The latter works depict his deeds as products of a transcending spirit of inhumanity, a sort of urbane evil loose in a civilized world.”

Patrick Lucanio is well known locally for his pre-show talks at Radio Redux productions. He has taught film studies, production, and scriptwriting at the University of Oregon, Western Oregon University, and Lane Community College. Additionally, his articles on film and broadcasting are widely published, and he serves as editor for Radiogram.  With Gary Coville, Lucanio has co-authored three works on genre history: “American Science Fiction Television Series of the 1950s”; “Jack the Ripper: His Life and Crimes in Popular Entertainment”; and “Smokin’ Rockets: The Romance of Technology in Film, Radio and Television in the 1950s.” This talk is co-sponsored by Eugene Public Library and Radio Redux.