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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:33 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. Being all snowed in here this weekend gave me time to think. There is something I wanted to ask? Has anyone ever considered the possibility that JTR was influenced by various phases of the moon or by maybe some celestial event that happened in the autumn of 1888? We've all heard stories by police officers in various countries who say that, when the moon is full, they receive a lot of calls and respond to a lot of people acting violently. So, has anyone checked the moon phases for that autumn or does anyone know of any cosmic event (i.e. planetary alignment, meteor or comet shower, etc,) that shows a minor pattern with the crimes committed by the Ripper? If so, I apologize for another useless thread. But if someone has already researched this topic, I would be interested in the findings.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #2
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We've all heard stories by police officers in various countries who say that, when the moon is full, they receive a lot of calls and respond to a lot of people acting violently -JTR Sickert

JT... I have reservations about whether the Moon affects anyone any differently when its full or in quarter phase. Affectng ocean waves and brain waves might be two different animals,buddy.

I'm sure some people would argue that and hopefully they will turn up on your thread......
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Old December 20th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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This could be a possible explanation. The last time Howard gave someone a full moon in Philadelphia, they did get pretty violent.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:29 AM   #4
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The following gives the position and phase of the Moon on the relevant dates (calibrated with the latitude/longitude and elevation of East London), together with cloud-cover data, at the approximate times of the victims' deaths:

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You'd have to have been south of the equator to see the Moon at the time of Kelly's death, where - presumably - they didn't have 100% cloud cover either
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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:35 AM   #5
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Here's some events my astronomy software generated. If I find more I'll post:
I'm sorry about the formatting it's difficult to do on this:
Starry Night generated events from 31/7/1888 until 31/12/1888
The table reads is as follows:
Name , Start Date, Start Time, End Date, End Time

Last Quarter Moon 30/7/1888 20:30 None None
Saturn Conjunction 2/8/1888 00:19 None None
Partial Solar Eclipse 7/8/1888 17:01 7/8/1888 19:11
New Moon 7/8/1888 18:22 None None
First Quarter Moon 14/8/1888 16:44 None None
Jupiter Eastern Quadrature 20/8/1888 06:50 None None
Full Moon 21/8/1888 16:22 None None
Mercury Superior Conjunction 24/8/1888 01:25 None None
Neptune Western Quadrature 25/8/1888 02:52 None None
Pluto Western Quadrature 28/8/1888 22:00 None None
Last Quarter Moon 29/8/1888 14:18 None None
New Moon 6/9/1888 04:58 None None
First Quarter Moon 12/9/1888 22:00 None None
Full Moon 20/9/1888 05:26 None None
Last Quarter Moon 28/9/1888 08:32 None None
New Moon 5/10/1888 14:36 None None
Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation 8/10/1888 12:44 None None
Uranus Conjunction 10/10/1888 12:23 None None
First Quarter Moon 12/10/1888 05:30 None None
Full Moon 19/10/1888 21:10 None None
Last Quarter Moon 28/10/1888 01:56 None None
New Moon 4/11/1888 00:04 None None
First Quarter Moon 10/11/1888 16:16 None None
Saturn Western Quadrature 11/11/1888 22:29 None None
Mercury Greatest Western Elongation 17/11/1888 08:55 None None
Full Moon 18/11/1888 15:16 None None
Neptune Opposition 22/11/1888 17:27 None None
Last Quarter Moon 26/11/1888 17:22 None None
New Moon 3/12/1888 10:08 None None
Jupiter Conjunction 8/12/1888 22:32 None None
First Quarter Moon 10/12/1888 06:46 None None
Full Moon 18/12/1888 10:42 None None
Last Quarter Moon 26/12/1888 06:00 None None
Mercury Superior Conjunction 28/12/1888 19:32 None None
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Old December 20th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #6
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In case anyones interested here's a few pics of the moon on the days in question:

Nichols:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2732/...ba5a9c9e_o.jpg

Chapman:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/...918693b9_o.jpg

Stride and Eddows:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2582/...2cea5e87_o.jpg

last but not least Kelly:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2519/...18b2d69b_o.jpg

fairly dark nights.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:01 PM   #7
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Very nicely done String. Thanks very much.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #8
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last but not least Kelly:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2519/...18b2d69b_o.jpg

fairly dark nights.
Very dark in Kelly's case - even without the clouds, as the Moon was well below the horizon. As it was in Chapman's case - but there, of course, the glow of the about-to-rise Sun makes the point rather academic.

Great pictures, by the way, String.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #9
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Thank you all for the info. Very interesting

It also shows that there was no moon illumination for any of the murders, making the killer's quickness at mutilating and removal of the organs quite extraordinary.
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Old December 25th, 2009, 07:55 PM   #10
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I think the lunacy theory was a favourite of Forbes Winslow
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