Sunday, October 30, 2011

In the Footsteps of a Killer by Erika Scott

I received a most wondrous birthday gift this year when I walked in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. I suspect that everyone knows his story, as Jack is inarguably the most famous serial killer in history.

My teenage daughter, her best friend, and I left our hotel in Kensington and took the tube to Tower Hill. The ride took a bit longer than we expected, so we were fearful that we’d missed the 6:45 pm tour. No worries, at the top of the stairs, our tour guide from Jack the Ripper tours ( was giving a rousing introduction of the case.

We walked through Whitechapel, an iffy neighborhood even today, shivering a bit from the evening coolness as well as from the suspense of the story as it unfolded. The deaths of five women have been attributed to Jack’s sharp knife, although there may have been more or, according to a dark hint from our tour guide, less!

There must have been a bit of Jack the Ripper in my mind when I wrote Wild Ghost Chase, for my nasty villain is named Jack as well. Here’s an excerpt that gives a little more insight into the mind of my killer.

“One man, in particular, is especially mean. His caresses are slaps; his kisses more like bites that draw blood. I try to scream, but the words are trapped in a throat closed from panic. I am passed from one set of arms to another. When I awake, I realize my dream has become my reality for the man I am to marry, Jack Wild, is one of the men from my dreams.”

Monica turned the page, but there was nothing more. The rest of the journal was blank.

Heartbreaking, but it still told her nothing. She laid the book on the desk and continued the search. Despite checking every book on the shelf, she found nothing more about Crescent Cove or Harrington House. The only other title remotely interesting was one on Gunslingers in the Wild West. Paging through the book, she scanned the pages. Most of the biographies were

of notorious outlaws and lawmen she knew the history of: Billy the Kid, the Younger Brothers, Belle Star. Then, toward the back, the names stopped being so familiar, Black Jack, Pony Diehl, and Jack Wild. She paused. Could it be the same Jack who MaryBelle had married?

Hunkering down on the couch and wishing she had an apple to munch on, she read about his exploits. Whereas most of the outlaws in this book were notorious for their involvement in gambling, rustling, and robbery, Jack Wild had a blacker reputation—he stole other miners’ claims by impersonating them or killing them. He was also a mean drunk and was in the habit of beating up the prostitutes who serviced him.

Nice guy. If he was MaryBelle’s husband, she pitied the poor child and wondered what happened to the newlyweds. Had marriage been the anchor Jack Wild needed to mend his ways?


Ever wanted to do your own ghostly investigation? If so, leave a comment for a chance to win “Ghost Hunting – How to Investigate the Paranormal” by Loyd Auerback, a signed copy of Wild Ghost Chase by yours truly, AND an EMF meter.

Ericka Scott is a multi-published, bestselling author of seductive suspense. She's written stories for as long as she can remember and reads anything under the sun (including the back of cereal boxes in a pinch). She got hooked on romantic suspense in her college days when reading anything but a textbook was a guilty pleasure. Now, when she’s not chauffeuring children around, wishing she had more than 24 hours in a day, or lurking at the library, she’s spinning her own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.
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The Brunette Librarian said...

Jack the Ripper's story is still so mysterious. A hundred years later, we still don't know very much and there are so many views on "who" could have been Jack. Terrible story in history, but still mystical.

Great post!

rachie2004 AT yah00 *d8t* c-m

*yadkny* said...

I think I would like to try my hand at a ghostly investigation. I just don't want to be doing it in the dark... there's got to be light outside at least and a team of people with me:) Thanks for the great giveaway!

elaing8 said...

Great post.
I don't scare easily so I think I'd like to try my hand at ghostly investigations.
Wild Ghost Chase sounds good.

steph beck said...

Super cool! I hate being scared but I'm also facinated by it...oh the crazy human condition!

Pretty Eyes said...

Luckily there are some very talented paranormal investigators out there. Thanks for the post!


Lyric James said...

Um...NO. I'm too much of a chicken. LOL Great post.

Kristi kaiser said...

I think it's asking for trouble. No way!!!

Shonna said...

I get scared way to easy. I like welll lighted rooms

Shonna said...

I doesn't take much to have me screaming for help when I'm not even hurt.

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh i bet that was a great tour . I would love to go on one . they have a haunted New orleans tour that im going to go on when i go there next year

mnjcarter said...

Super cool!! I want to go find Elvis!!

Eva's Flowers said...

Ah man, my friend and I were going to do the Jack the Ripper tour, but we took the tube the wrong way, by the time, we corrected ourselves the tour had started and we missed it!!! And we had a full schedule of other tours and just couldn't make that one again...we hopefully will make another trip to London and will try to make it this time :)


June M. said...

I would love to do this with my sister and her 2 teenaged daughters. Her oldest(17) and I could have fun scaring the crap out of my sis and her youngest daughter (16).
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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