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History sets date for Magilla’s “American Ripper”

A+E Networks-owned channel History has set a mid-July premiere date for its investigative true crime series American Ripper. Produced by Magilla Entertainment, the limited eight-part series will explore whether America’s first ...
June 15, 2017

A+E Networks-owned channel History has set a mid-July premiere date for its investigative true crime series American Ripper.

Produced by Magilla Entertainment, the limited eight-part series will explore whether America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes – rumored to have killed as many as 200 in the late 19th century – also served as Britain’s most notorious murderer: the unidentified Jack the Ripper.

The series will see Holmes’ great-great-grandson Jeff Mudgett, a retired attorney, partnering with former CIA criminologist Amaryllis Fox to launch a deeper investigation into the links between the two infamous killers.

Mudgett has also secured permission to exhume the presumed body of Holmes to submit for DNA testing to determine whether he escaped his own execution in order to lead a secretive second life.

Featured in the eight-parter are interviews with historians and detectives and new clues and leads in the search for long-lost remains of Holmes’ victims. Also included in the series are crime scene evidence from the Jack the Ripper murders, including photos, eyewitness accounts and coroners’ reports; and Holmes’ personal copy of his published memoir.

Magilla’s Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson and Jason Fox serve as executive producers alongside History’s Kristen Burns and Sean Boyle.

American Ripper premieres July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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