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  • #16
    Two more points from Jon Hainsworth.

    1) If Farquharson was so hopeless as a source, then Macnaghten would have known this and known him and he would have rejected such a source. By meeting, however, with the Druitt family - as Mac and Sims both imply - then Farquharson's dodginess did not matter. The family were convinced, and they convinced Mac, rightly or wrongly.

    2) Christine discovered a Sims/Dagonet column from 1893 in which he, a liberal, traduces the Tory Farquharson for falsely accusing people of being Jack the Ripper. But this is obviously a deflection, and a very rude and unfair one, as Sims and Macnaghten agreed with Farquharson about Montague Druitt's secret life as a serial murderer. For example, in late 1891, Sims had written a column in which he muses that the killer is probablyyoung, a student who has " dabbled in science", an English gentleman, slightly built but very strong, a brunette with a fair moustache, tormented by regret, and a suicide.

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    MichaelšŸ”Ž


    " When you eliminate the impossible whatever remains no matter how improbable......is probably a little bit boring "

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    • #17
      Hi Michael,

      Just a couple of points here: first, the sources I posted about the cost of training as a barrister show just how expensive it was to enter the profession. I think a likely hypothesis was that Druitt was saving up between 1880 and 1882 to train for the Bar and also waiting on his inheritance. With this in mind, I doubt there would have been money available to pursue private medical studies. Also, why bother when his heart was set on the bar?

      I can't say I am surprised that Jonathan would disagree about the links between Farquharson and Macnaghten. It is clearly his opinion that Macnaghten would have rejected Farquharson; however, the historical record suggests that many people found Farquharson very convincing and, with this in mind, I find it perfectly plausible that he might have been taken in by Farquharson. As far as I am aware there is no proof that Sims ever knew about any link between Macnaghten's information and Farquharson. It is also worth remembering that Macnaghten's known comments on the matter strongly suggest that the source was not a family member, rather someone that knew the family. This is clear from Philip Sugden's excellent analysis of the memorandum.


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      • #18
        Hi Joanna,

        Donā€™t you think then that a likelier source for MacNaughten was his friend Vivien Majendie who was related to the Druitt family by marriage?
        Regards

        MichaelšŸ”Ž


        " When you eliminate the impossible whatever remains no matter how improbable......is probably a little bit boring "

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