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Persons Of Interest or Actual Suspects To date, over one hundred have been proposed...many are considered...but only one [ or was it two? ] was Jack The Ripper.

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Old June 4th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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If you can recall anyone who confessed to being the Ripper....either in Canada, Australia, NZ, The USA, or The UK, even on the Continent...please add him to the following list :

John Stevenson
Frank Hall
Joseph Woods
Benson Hilton
John Fitzmaurice
John Harvey
John Duncan
John Harris
Charles Hermann
William Sheals
William Brown
William Gilbert
James (or Henry ) Shaw
Clarence Simm
Alfred Blanchard
William Holt
Theophil Hanhart
William Brodie
John Avery
Frederick Deeming ( Pending )
Edward Larmonth
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From Dave James :
Frank Edwards
Edward McKenna 17 Sept 1888 Birmingham Daily Post
"R Smith" 30 Sept 1888 Reynolds
August Nochild 7 Oct 1888 Reynolds
William Griffiths 11 Oct 1888 The Star St Peter Port
John Foster 12 Oct 1888 Belfast News Letter
Frederick Dunbar 3 Nov 1888 IPN
Peter Donald 9 Nov 1888 The Standard
Charles Thomas 13 Nov 1888 Daily News
Louiza Bezender 22 Nov 1888 The Star St Peter Port
"Mr Stewart" 1 Dec 1888 Liverpool Mercury
Elizabeth Ashworth 4 Jan 1889 Birmingham Daily Post
Thomas Molin 16 Nov 1889 Blackburn Standard
Harry Denker 30 Dec 1889 Sheffield & Rotherham Independent
John Allen 9 April 1892 Berrows
Joshua Brook 21 July 1892 Leeds Mercury
John Norton 11 June 1893 Reynolds
Jack Shaw 4 Dec 1919 Philadelphia Inquirer
Sir George Arthur was arrested as JtR 18 Nov 1888, but it never appeared in the UK newspapers

From Wolf Vanderlinden :
Thomas Molin---November 1889
John Langhorn---December 1888


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Old June 4th, 2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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Hi Buddy
What about Charles Hermann?
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Thanks Chris !
I'll add him and John Harris ( see upcoming post on the Sunday Times list ) for the Mackenzie murder.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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Hi How
The last paragraph of that Hermann report from 1905 has long interested me
"The police say that the famous Whitechapel murderer Hermann thinks he is was a physician who died ten years ago in an insane asylum in Sussex, England."
So on the basis of this version of events we would be looking for a doctor who died in an asylum in Sussex in 1895.
Any candidates known?
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You might add Neill Cream's alleged confession on the scaffold, "I am Ja----!!!"
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John Duncan of cabman's shelter fame.

Cream's confession was apocryphal. Never happened.

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Thanks for Duncan, Tom...

I might be imagining this, maybe I dreamt it... but I could swear that I read something recently about 4 fellows who appeared in court for either making threats and/or claiming to be the Ripper at the same time.

I've looked in the A to Z ( where I thought I read it ) and can't find the piece I'm referring to.

Anyone recall this ?
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Hi How,

From my JtR Idiots file:

Edward McKenna 17 Sept 1888 Birmingham Daily Post
"R Smith" 30 Sept 1888 Reynolds
August Nochild 7 Oct 1888 Reynolds
William Griffiths 11 Oct 1888 The Star St Peter Port
John Foster 12 Oct 1888 Belfast News Letter
Frederick Dunbar 3 Nov 1888 IPN
Peter Donald 9 Nov 1888 The Standard
Charles Thomas 13 Nov 1888 Daily News
Louiza Bezender 22 Nov 1888 The Star St Peter Port
"Mr Stewart" 1 Dec 1888 Liverpool Mercury
Elizabeth Ashworth 4 Jan 1889 Birmingham Daily Post
Thomas Molin 16 Nov 1889 Blackburn Standard
Harry Denker 30 Dec 1889 Sheffield & Rotherham Independent
John Allen 9 April 1892 Berrows
Joshua Brook 21 July 1892 Leeds Mercury
John Norton 11 June 1893 Reynolds
Jack Shaw 4 Dec 1919 Philadelphia Inquirer
Sir George Arthur was arrested as JtR 18 Nov 1888, but it never appeared in the UK newspapers
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John Duncan of cabman's shelter fame.

Cream's confession was apocryphal. Never happened.

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Hi Tom

Yes certainly but it's worth adding it to the list as one of the myths of the case, if you will, related to the question of who actually did make a false confession of being the murderer.

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Thanks for Duncan, Tom...

I might be imagining this, maybe I dreamt it... but I could swear that I read something recently about 4 fellows who appeared in court for either making threats and/or claiming to be the Ripper at the same time.

I've looked in the A to Z ( where I thought I read it ) and can't find the piece I'm referring to.

Anyone recall this ?
Hello Howie

Delving into the newspaper archives is really getting to you, my man. How about a two-week stay in Colney Hatch to recuperate?

Cheers

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