Prince of Quacks: The Notorious Life of Dr. Francis Tumblety, Charlatan and Jack the Ripper Suspect


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This is a biography of the controversial and flamboyant Francis Tumblety.  Tumblety fancied himself a Medical Doctor, but his sheen of respectability appears to have been concocted to cover up his homosexuality and his provocative methods of practice.  The doctor’s exploits include arrests for complicity in the Lincoln assassination, selling abortion drugs, killing patients, indecent assault, and scrutiny as a possible suspect in the “Jack the Ripper” murders.

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Timothy B. Riordan is chief archaeologist at historic St. Mary’s City, an outdoor museum of archaeology and history in Maryland. He has written numerous professional articles and monographs on such topics as Maryland and the English Civil War.

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