Donald Rumbelow

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Donald Rumbelow (b. 1940) is a British former City of London Police officer, crime historian, and ex-curator of the City of London Police's Crime Museum.[1] He has twice been Chairman of England's 'Crime Writers' Association'.

A recognized authority on the Whitechapel Murders, he currently acts as a London Tourist Board Blue Badged guide of the "Jack the Ripper Walk", a walking tour in London visiting the locations associated with the crimes.[2] The tour takes approximately 2 hours to complete, beginning at Tower Hill, northwest of the Tower of London, and ending inside the Ten Bells, a public house frequented by Ripper victims Annie Chapman and Mary Kelly. During the walk he details each of the murders, and describes the milieu of the Whitechapel district of London's East End in the late Victorian period when the events took place. He has appeared in several television documentaries examining the subject.[3]

His literary and lecturing work ranges over several centuries of London's crime history.

Personal life[edit]

Rumbelow is married and has two children.[4]

Books by Donald Rumbelow[edit]

  • Donald Rumbelow: I Spy Blue: Police and Crime in the City of London from Elizabeth I to Victoria, Macmillan, 1971
  • Donald Rumbelow: Houndsditch Murders, Macmillan, 1973
  • Donald Rumbelow, Judy Hindley, Colin King: Detection (Know how books), Usborne Publishing Ltd, 1978
  • Donald Rumbelow: Triple Tree, Harap, 1982
  • Donald Rumbelow: The Complete Jack the Ripper, Virgin Books, 2013 ISBN 978-0753541500
  • Stewart P. Evans and Donald Rumbelow: Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates, Sutton Publishing, 2007, ISBN 0-7509-4228-2

External links[edit]


  1. ^ City of London Police's Crime Museum
  2. ^ London Walks Jack the Ripper Tour
  3. ^ List of TV, movie, and documentary credits at
  4. ^ Penguin book author's biography