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  • Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post

    She’s a closet Ripperologist, and the closet is made out of glass.
    I bet she knows far more about Levy than I do (not difficult, I just about recognise the name) and I’d be willing to bet that she knew bugger all about Alice McKenzie’s background before we traced it on here a couple of years back.

    So who’s the Ripperologist?

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    • She’s a closet Ripperologist, and the closet is made out of glass.
      -Gary Barnett-

      Absolutely, Gary.

      Someone might consider contacting Tracy I'anson, as she wrote a book proposing Jacob Levy.
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      • Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post

        I bet she knows far more about Levy than I do (not difficult, I just about recognise the name) and I’d be willing to bet that she knew bugger all about Alice McKenzie’s background before we traced it on here a couple of years back.

        So who’s the Ripperologist?
        It seems like a very odd departure for her if she's going to start arguing against the plausibility of suspects. It sounded as though the line was going to be that Ripperologists had not only ignored the victims, but also victimised the suspects. But if she's going to argue that rather than just asserting it, that will involve talking about something that she's claimed to have no interest in, and something that she's criticised other people for being interested in.

        Not only that, but - as you're implying - arguing against the plausibility of suspects has always been a favourite activity of Ripperologists and one that they have often done very well, and on the basis of meticulous research.

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        • Not only that, but - as you're implying - arguing against the plausibility of suspects has always been a favourite activity of Ripperologists and one that they have often done very well, and on the basis of meticulous research.
          -CGP-

          Good one, Chris....

          Reminds me of that song in Tod Browning's "Freaks"

          "Gooba, gabba, gooba gabba...we accept her, we accept her...one of us, one of us !"
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          • Originally posted by Gary Barnett

            Of course, the stalking horse she has created, that of a drooling misogynistic male devotee of the Ripper doesn’t really exist. At least not on here or Casebook - as far as I’m aware.

            By expressing an interest in Levy’s candidacy she has outed herself as a proper Ripperologist. I hope she follows it up and joins the ‘communuity’.
            Of course, this may just be a ploy so she can add anti-semitism to the list of Ripperological traits.

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            • Originally posted by Gary Barnett

              Of course, the stalking horse she has created, that of a drooling misogynistic male devotee of the Ripper doesn’t really exist. At least not on here or Casebook - as far as I’m aware.

              By expressing an interest in Levy’s candidacy she has outed herself as a proper Ripperologist. I hope she follows it up and joins the ‘communuity’.
              Odd, as well, to choose a suspect just featured in a book co-written by a female Ripperologist.

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              • Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

                Odd, as well, to choose a suspect just featured in a book co-written by a female Ripperologist.
                That’s true. But perhaps feels the need to neutralise the contribution made by female Ripperologists and can’t do that on the basis of misogyny, so questioning their competence and throwing in a claim of anti-semitism might work for her.

                I’ve no idea how she intends to handle the Levy issue, but I know her methods …

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                • I’m just watching ‘In Charles Dickens Footsteps With Gyles Brandreth’ on Channel 5. When it got to the bit where it was explained that as a boy Dickens worked in a blacking factory, I was reminded of HR telling her readers that Dickens had been a shoe-black. I’m not sure what’s more risible, that or her apparent ignorance of the effect of the Great Fire of London as demonstrated by her description of Dawes Court.

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                  • Of course, this may just be a ploy so she can add anti-semitism to the list of Ripperological traits.

                    I doubt it, buddy, Rube is Jewish and I believe Tracy is partly Jewish herself.
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                    • Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                      Of course, this may just be a ploy so she can add anti-semitism to the list of Ripperological traits.

                      I doubt it, buddy, Rube is Jewish and I believe Tracy is partly Jewish herself.
                      All the more reason why she might want to paint Ripperologists in that light. The fact that many of the most prominent Ripperologists are women hasn’t stopped her from playing the misogyny card.

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                      • Just as the Victorian establishment and press stigmatised poor homeless women, they painted Jewish immigrants in a negative light. And modern day Ripperologists glady received both those batons.

                        That’s how you indulge your Ripper obsession and keep your woke readership on side. The gender and the ethnic background of Ripperologists is best not delved into.



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                        • Sh! Don't mention Berner Street.

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                          • Hallie Rubenhold talks to students and teachers, and hears from crime novelist and Ripper investigator Patricia Cornwell about finding a way to discuss the Whitechapel murders without glamorizing the killer.

                            https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/e14-t...ster-among-us/

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                            • Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                              Hallie Rubenhold talks to students and teachers, and hears from crime novelist and Ripper investigator Patricia Cornwell about finding a way to discuss the Whitechapel murders without glamorizing the killer.

                              https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/e14-t...ster-among-us/
                              I must admit I was absolutely flabbergasted by this (at 14m). "The body of material - primary sources - is negligible. That actually came as a surprise to me when I started doing my research on this."

                              That statement is immediately preceded by an explanation that in the UK school curriculum, the Whitechapel Murders are taught as part of "the investigative policing content in the Whitechapel Historic Environment". Unless the editing of the podcast is incredibly misleading, the police investigation of the murders really is what she is talking about. Considering Messrs Evans and Skinner presented her with transcripts of more than 700 pages of primary source material on that specific subject in a single volume, one can only marvel at that assertion.

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                              • There was nothing more about the previously proposed exhumation of Mary Kelly in this episode, apart from an passing reference by Cornwell to the possibility of identifying the remains through DNA testing.

                                Evidently Jacob Levy is going to be discussed in the next (and final) episode.

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