Bronx, NY 10458, United States
James Ruddick studied at Fordham University.
Woodstock, Maryland, United States
James Ruddick studied at Woodstock College. He got a Bachelor of Arts, a Licentiate in Philosophy, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
1 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103, United States
James Ruddick studied at Saint Louis University. He got a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy.
1400 Maple Ave, Elmira, NY 14904, United States
James Ruddick studied at Notre Dame High School.
(Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (born 18 December...)
Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (born 18 December 1934), commonly known as Lord Lucan, a British peer suspected of murder, disappeared without trace early on 8 November 1974. He was born into an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family in Marylebone, the elder son of the 6th Earl of Lucan by his marriage to Kaitlin Elizabeth Anne Dawson. Evacuated during the Second World War, Lucan returned to attend Eton, then from 1953 to 1955 served with the Coldstream Guards in West Germany. He developed a taste for gambling and, skilled at backgammon and bridge, became an early member of the Clermont Club. Although his losses often exceeded his winnings, he left his job at a London-based merchant bank and became a professional gambler. He was known as Lord Bingham from April 1949 until January 1964.
(In 1875 the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the ...)
In 1875 the beautiful widow Florence Ricardo married the handsome and successful young attorney Charles Bravo, hoping to escape the scandals of her past. But Bravo proved to be a brutal and conniving man, and the marriage was far from happy. Then one night he suddenly collapsed, and three days later died an agonizing death. His doctors immediately determined that he had been poisoned. The graphic and sensational details of the case would capture the public imagination of Victorian England as the investigation dominated the press for weeks, and the list of suspects grew to include Florence, her secret lover the eminent doctor James Gully, her longtime companion the housekeeper Misses Cox and the recently dismissed stableman George Griffiths. But ultimately no murderer could be determined, and despite the efforts of numerous historians, criminologists, and other writers since (including Agatha Christie), the case has never been definitively solved.
James Ruddick studied at the Elmira Catholic High School (now Notre Dame High School). Then, he attended Fordham University in 1940-1944. Besides, Ruddick earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1946, Licentiate in Philosophy in 1947, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1956 at Woodstock College. He also graduated from Saint Louis University, where he received a Master of Science in 1950 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1952.
After education, James Ruddick started to work at Saint Peter's College as an instructor in physics. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1955 at Fordham University Chapel in the Bronx. Later, in 1957, Ruddick began his career at Canisius College as an assistant professor in the Physics Department. He served as an associate professor of physics in 1964, then as a director of the Seismograph Station, and continued to teach as professor emeritus through 1994. Besides, he was a rector of the Jesuit Community. Ruddick also became a trustee in 1970-1976 at the Saint Peter's College and Canisius College in 1971, and a vice president of the Senate Priests at the Buffalo Diocese in 1973-1974.
Besides, James Ruddick was a writer. In his book, Death at the Priory, he covered in detail the fatal poisoning of barrister Charles Bravo, a murder mystery more than 125 years old. The 1876 poisoning of a prominent attorney Charles Bravo has long puzzled detectives even Agatha Christie declared it one of the most mysterious poisoning cases ever recorded. More than a century and a quarter later, James Ruddick has uncovered fresh evidence, and he believed he got the mystery licked. Following a trail of evidence across the Americas, Europe, and Australia, he has done much admirable sleuthing. Ruddick's research was impressively thorough. He reviewed original investigative documents, interviewed descendants of the principal characters, and traveled to Jamaica, where Jane Cox had settled after Bravo's death. In addition to primary sources, original documents, and descendants of participants, James Ruddick also had access to evidence previously inaccessible to other researchers of the Bravo case. This new evidence, including unpublished letters and family papers, provided a quite surprising detail about Misses Cox that arguably cracks the case. So, in the book, Ruddick presented his new evidence and detailed investigation, which pointed directly to the obvious culprit in the murder. The murder and the resulting inquest, which revealed sexual indiscretions on the part of Florence Bravo, generated as much public interest and notoriety as the Whitechapel murders of Jack the Ripper twelve years later.
The story begins with Florence Campbell, an uncommonly independent young woman. A young and beautiful daughter of a famous industrialist, she was raised in a 10-bedroom mansion surrounded by 3000 acres of parkland. However, Victorian England imposed significant restrictions on young women of the time, barring them from education and professional work, forcing them into arranged marriages, and widely denying them rights that were taken for granted in modem society. Florence married Alexander Ricardo but left him seven months after their marriage, after discovering he was an abusive, philandering alcoholic. However, her father told her to return to him, but her mother arranged a stay at a sanatorium for Florence to recover prior to attempting a reconciliation with Ricardo. A noted physician, Doctor James Gully, who attended famous people such as Dickens, Darwin, Gladstone, and Disraeli, managed the sanatorium, called the Hydro, which Florence visited. Gully was over forty years of Florence's senior. He was kind and solicitous, and his attitudes about women were beyond progressive for his time. Florence finally left Ricardo for good, and he died shortly, leaving Florence a considerable fortune. It had become rapidly clear that Gully and Florence had engaged in an extended affair, before and after Ricardo's death, and it ended bitterly with an abortion, a lurid scandal, and Florence's social humiliation and ostracization. Then Florence met Charles Bravo, a socially respectable lawyer of her own age, and managed, with the help of her housekeeper, Misses Cox, to attract a marriage proposal from him despite her damaged reputation. Florence's wealth was, no doubt, the main factor. Charles Bravo turned out to be just as unpleasant and domineering as Ricardo, seizing control of Florence's fortune and abusing her psychologically and sexually. Bravo soon began indiscriminately dismissing Florence's servants at their south London mansion, the Priory. At the risk of firing and attendant poverty was Misses Cox, fiercely loyal to her mistress and facing the prospect of dismissal at Bravo's hands, and George Griffiths, a former coachman publicly bitter about his recent sacking by Bravo. One night in July 1876, someone slipped a lethal dosage of poison into Bravo's bedside drinking water. In the fifty-five excruciating hours, it took Bravo to die, his physicians had plenty of time to determine that he had deliberately poisoned, but neither they nor Bravo himself could say who had done it. The list of suspects, however, was lengthy. At first, suspicion focused on Misses Cox because she seemingly provided misleading information to doctors and investigators in the case. Following the sensational inquest that revealed all the details of Florence Bravo's indiscretions, it was clear that there was insufficient evidence to name a murderer. British authorities never solved the crime. Jane Cox eventually settled in Jamaica, and Florence Bravo, after the ordeal of the inquest, drank herself to death.
Although critics generally believed James Ruddick's investigation to be exhaustively thorough and his conclusions effectively presented, some still questioned his solution to the mystery. His work had produced a satisfactory outcome with considerable support from the evidence, although it is a solution that was not, perhaps, airtight.
Quotes from others about the person
Reverend Patrick Lynch: "James Ruddick was a conversationalist without equal in the Jesuit community at Canisius College. If he had chosen another path in life, he would probably have been a politician."
Reverend James Joyce: "James Ruddick was as holy a priest and as kind a man as I have ever known."