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Evelyn Hamilton has annoyed her bosses in the male-dominated world of pharmacy – they find her quiet and independent nature mystifying and odd. After an unhappy stint at a druggist shop outside London, she’s landed a new job and a fresh start in a faraway town.

In February 1942, Evelyn sets out on her long journey – just as the Blackout Ripper is hunting for his first victim…

Join hosts Hallie Rubenhold and Alice Fiennes as they traces Evelyn’s life and struggles; and with the help of Lauren Ober (host of The Loudest Girl in the World podcast) examine why the quiet pharmacist’s demeanour provoked such hostility.


  • Andrews, Maggie and Lomas, Janis. The Home Front in Britain: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences since 1914 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • Diniejko, Dr. Andrzej. ‘A Chronology of Social Change and Social Reform in Great Britain in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’, The Victorian Web, 2014
  • Neale, Alexa. ‘Case Files For Murder Trials: The Case of Cyril Johnson’, “Domestic Murder” She Wrote, September 2016
  • Webb, Laura and Webb, Kevin. ‘Selina Cooper: The Story of a Working Class Suffragist’, March 2019, UK Vote 100

The Host

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is the host of Bad Women: The Ripper Retold. She is an award-winning historian, author, and consultant. Her research has centered on the often-neglected lives of women. Several of…