CSI: Whitechapel – Watch Ripper Street on BBC America

I’m about to reveal something a little morbid to you, readers. Just keep in mind, I was quite young, and young people go through phases and temporarily become obsessed with things. Okay, maybe not just young people since I’m currently obsessed with Downton Abbey, but the point is that I was a perfectly well-adjusted, happy, non-murderous teenager. And, I’ve transitioned into a reasonably happy, non-murderous adult. Except when boyfriends don’t load the dishwasher AMIRITELADIESZ?! ahem.

I went through a phase where I researched and read nearly everything I could get my hands on regarding murderers and serial killers. It’s true. I must have been about 12 or so, and I liked nothing more than to read about the exploits of? John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and the Zodiac. Call it a morbid fascination, or an extension of enjoying a little scare like a horror movie. I seriously considered going into criminology and forensics since I still enjoy that sort of thing. Anyway, in the course of all that reading, of course I came across the tales of Jack the Ripper.

Extremely gruesome by today’s standards, the murders committed by Jack the Ripper have reached legendary infamy status. Prostitutes literally being carved up on the street with surgical precision is salacious even for our modern sensibilities. The fact that he was never caught only adds to the mystery. It’s no wonder we’re still fascinated.

BBC America will be debuting a new mini-series to add to their Dramaville lineup: Ripper Street. It’s a crime series set in 1889 London amidst the murders. HOLD THE PHONE. Are we talking about a Victorian Crime Drama!? it’s like the Beeb KNOWS me!

Starring the very handsome Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks, Pride and Prejudice) as a detective inspector, the show looks to be right up the alley for mystery lovers, period drama enthusiasts and Ripperologists alike. Did I mention that my favorite mercenary, Bronn from Game of Thrones (Jerome Flynn) is also in it? Sign me up! I love a good hunky detective Victorian crime show.

If it makes you feel any better, I went on to become obsessed with Greek Mythology about a month later.

Ripper Street debuts on BBC America on? Saturday, January 19th 9/8c.

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