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Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:38 AM   #1
Mike Covell
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One of the problems with Ripperology, is that research can move off on tangents, and new suspects, locations, and incidents crop up that often require our attention, often making us forget some of the reasons why we research in the first place.

Frederick Bailey Deeming is an interesting gent, in that there is so much written about him, both factual and fictional. From his alleged travels, to his rumoured criminal past but we often forget the main reasons why Deeming is regarded as such an evil man, and worthy of further investigation.

Not many people will realise, but at the time of the trial of Frederick Bailey Deeming for the Windsor Murder, Deeming was accused of killing Emily Mather on either Christmas Eve of Christmas Day in 1891.

The official inquest report on the body of Emily Mather (Williams) can be found here, http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/deeming/d...nersreport.htm
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The jury further find, that Albert Williams otherwise known as Frederick Bayley Deeming and otherwise named, on, or about, the twenty fifth day of December 1891 at Windsor, near Melbourne, did by fracturing the skull, and cutting the throat of the said Emily Williams.

We often overlook the death of Emily Mather and concentrate on the Stephenson/George Marsh Christmas ferrago.

So whilst your tucking into your turkey, spare a thought for poor Emily.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 01:48 AM   #2
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Well said Mike, and spare a thought also for all of those both in modern society and in Jack's world who lived on or below the poverty line and didn't/don't have a clue what Christmas even is, or can't partake in it in any case - it is the simple, poor street worker who is just as interesting to look at as any of the artistocracy.

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