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Old March 30th, 2008, 12:52 PM   #41
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In 1888 Chief Inspector Swanson - after receiving a tip-off from a police informer - conducted a series of experiments to see if it was possible to move over large areas of Whitechapel at night without using the main streets, as the old lag claimed.
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'In one test made the police traversed a burrow of dirt and squalor a distance of over a mile in this way. Starting from Aldgate at the back of some slum buildings that led into another block of slumland tenements and hovels, two officers came far out in Stepney by such routes, two more into Whitechapel, and the other couple into Spitalfields. All this was done by passing from one building to another, over broken brick walls, fences, as well as through doorless buildings, alleys, passages and courtyards - and all possible without touching one minor or major street of the entire locality.'
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Old March 30th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #42
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Hi ho Dougie

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now to me the fact that he got away with it for so long might suggest the latter was the case
Dont forget.....the hardest crime to solve is the one where you open the front door and some totally random stranger buries a hammer in your head. Lack of motive, commections, reasons......all complicate the catching.

Of course the fact that the police seemed to spend an inordinate maount of time trwaling asylums and the like and not looking for cryptic clues and coded references to the novels of Dickens suggest to me they were fully aware that the man they were looking for was going to be a nutter......

That seems to slip by most of the Hannibal Lecter brigade...(not including yourself in that bunch)..who somehow infer that because they werent looking for skin wearing super criminals is because they were somehow ignorant of their existence.

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Your wall scaling Cutsbush is interesting.....but seeing as he didnt like doors and would rather use a fence scaling than a gate...one wonders how he managed with Kelly. It must have been a tight fit through the broken window.


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Old March 30th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #43
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...one wonders how he managed with Kelly. It must have been a tight fit through the broken window.
...not for someone with a history of putty crimes.
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Old March 30th, 2008, 01:01 PM   #44
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Nice one, Sam, gave me a good laugh that did.
Makes your moniker as a 'Welsh Humorist' a little more plausible.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 03:03 PM   #45
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I thought this 'accidental collision of reality' from 1882 to perfectly sum up the happenstance of this whole business.
A young and respectable lady, Elizabeth Mitchell, having seen a friend off on the local train, misses her omnibus connection, and asks a loafer, Thomas Hooker, outside the local pub the time of the next bus. Getting only a grunt in reply, she wanders back to the omnibus stop, he follows her and stabs her four times in the back, only stopping when a passing Cabman scares the living daylights out of him by saying 'If you want to pick on someone, pick on me'.
Hooker runs away.
Six months.
Should have got life.
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