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07-10-2010, 06:27 PM
I visit Casebook about as frequently as Howard visits a bathtub. I've never heard of this guy - has he been around as a suspect long?
07-10-2010, 06:36 PM
When push came to shove, this "occultist" knew where to drop the pretenses, Tim. They were a club for guys who wanted a day away from the old lady and to get to play dress up...
In 1896 Westcott was requested by the political authorities to cease his occult activities with the Golden Dawn. The order was said to be achieving a notoriety with the press, and it was not seen fit for a coroner of the crown to be made a shame of in such a way. He immediately severed all ties with the Order.--C.J.Morley
He's about as much a suspect as you are a fashion model.
07-10-2010, 08:27 PM
I'm pretty sure WWW was listed in Stan Russo's "Jack the Ripper Suspects" book, so he's been around for a while.....but yes, as How says, not a very strong contender.
From Cassell's Saturday Journal March 9, 1895 -
07-11-2010, 02:32 AM
Great article, Stewart. Thank you for posting it. For those not familiar with him (I'm not overly familiar with him myself), after Roderick Macdonald died in 1894 the London County Council appointed Westcott to fill the vacancy, after some alterations were made to the Northeast district (notably Spitalfields returned to Wynne Baxter's jurisdiction). I believe Westcott's deputy was Dr. G.E. Yarrow, who had been Macdonald's opponent in his 1888 election.
Thanks for sharing that,SPE ! ( How )
Likewise, thanks to you too, Dave.
11-25-2010, 12:25 PM
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