I’m pleased to announce that I will be participating in a Facebook live event on Saturday 6 February, to discuss my contribution to the anthology The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns with the editor Mitzi Szereto.
“The Doctor, the Dentist and the Dairyman’s Daughter,” is a true account of the Carmarthen Mystery of 1884 when a woman, Emily Cope, died in the house of the respected Doctor John Morgan Hopkins. I discovered this case when researching the identity of Mary Jane Kelly, who was killed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. Mary claimed to have spent time in Wales and a man called John Rees told the newspapers that he knew her. This seems to be a case of mistaken identity because the daughters of the Kelly family that Rees knew have been traced.
John Rees was married to Mary Jane Hopkins, illegitimate daughter of Doctor Morgan Hopkins. She was living in the house when Emily Cope died and when Rees made his claim was about to be convicted of procuring abortion after the death of another woman.
You can attend through this link and don’t need to be a member of Facebook, The Best New True Crime Stories Facebook Live Event #14 | Facebook