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    "Jack the Ripper" — Identity Conjecture Involving Literature Analysis



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  • #2
    They lost me in the preamble:

    "Lechmere’s incontrovertible connection to the Jack the Ripper mystery is that he was seen hovering over the body of one of the recently-murdered victims. This much has been ascertained about him"
    Kind regards, Sam Flynn

    "Suche Nullen"
    (F. Nietzsche)

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    • #3
      The post is about a short story that the author Shane Lambert found in the Westminster Budget, published Friday 15th June 1894.

      The story is told by the protagonist, named Charley Lechmere.

      Lambert speculates the story, by an anonymous author, may have been from someone suspecting Charles Cross/Lechmere of being JtR.

      Besides various misconceptions about Cross’ involvement in the Ripper-case, Lambert unfortunately misinterprets the story’s ending. Charley Lechmere hates advertisements and Lamberts thinks he ends up rejecting a woman responsible for and benefitting from them. This, he argues, can be read as the Ripper’s hatred of prostitution (advertising=selling oneself) and rejection of women.

      However, the twist ending to the story is of course that the man rejects his previous hatred of advertisements and marries the woman. Making Lambert’s case non-existent.

      But still. Short story from 1894 about “Charley Lechmere”, sure to raise an eyebrow here or there

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kattrup View Post
        The post is about a short story that the author Shane Lambert found in the Westminster Budget, published Friday 15th June 1894.

        The story is told by the protagonist, named Charley Lechmere.

        Lambert speculates the story, by an anonymous author, may have been from someone suspecting Charles Cross/Lechmere of being JtR.

        Besides various misconceptions about Cross’ involvement in the Ripper-case, Lambert unfortunately misinterprets the story’s ending. Charley Lechmere hates advertisements and Lamberts thinks he ends up rejecting a woman responsible for and benefitting from them. This, he argues, can be read as the Ripper’s hatred of prostitution (advertising=selling oneself) and rejection of women.

        However, the twist ending to the story is of course that the man rejects his previous hatred of advertisements and marries the woman. Making Lambert’s case non-existent.

        But still. Short story from 1894 about “Charley Lechmere”, sure to raise an eyebrow here or there
        Or you could say that the man is seduced by a pretty face into involvement in an activity that had previously revolted him.

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        • #5
          It really didn't require very much detective work to figure out the author of the anonymous short story in the Westiminter Budget. A couple of years later the same character 'Charley Lechmere' would be featured in a novel called "Love's Rebels" by "Roy Tellet," serialized in several newspapers.

          "Tellet" was evidently the pen name of the Rev. Albert Eubele Evans of Darby, who wrote "uplifting tract novels." I'm assuming the Rev. Evans traveled in different circles than Charley Cross, and his use of 'Lechmere' is a random name coincidence.
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