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    Has anyone had a chance to read the issue ?
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      I've read Wolf Vanderlinden's two part piece, "In Search of the City P.C. Witness." In all, a decent summary about what is know or theorized about Macnaghten's city P.C. What Wolf didn't bring up in the article is the possibility that P.C. James Harvey could have been the witness. This is something I've written about before and a few others (eg., Gavin Bromley) suggest as well. In many ways the timing of Harvey's arrival near Mitre Square fits very well with a possible encounter with a fleeing Ripper.

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        Thanks for that, Scott.

        Maybe The Wolf will stop by here and comment on your suggestion ( and Gavin's ) about Harvey.
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          Hi Howard and Scott.

          When I finished writing the article it was way too long for the Whitechapel Journal, almost all of my stuff is, but I was able to get it down to a manageable size so that it could be run in four parts. Frogg, however, decided to run it in two and that's how it has appeared. The point being that I originally mentioned Scott's theory about Harvey but in the end had to edit it out.

          One of the points of my article was that if there was a City Policeman witness who was asked to identify Kosminski this identification would have likely occurred around July, 1890, and possibly at the Morley House Seaside Convalescent Home because that's where a serving convalescing City Policeman was likely to have been. Harvey was dismissed from the City Police in 1889 and so couldn't have been the policeman.

          Wolf.

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          • #6
            Would Harvey have to be an active policeman to be at a seaside home? And what if the alleged identification occurred prior to 1889?

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            • #7
              Hi Scott.

              Would Harvey have to be an active policeman to be at a seaside home? And what if the alleged identification occurred prior to 1889?
              Well, not just "a" seaside home but Morley House used by the City Police. After being fired from the City Police would he use Morley House when other convalescent homes were available? I don't know. Was Harvey at Morley House, or any convalescent home, around July, 1890? You tell me.

              Are there any circumstances surrounding Kosminski's life which point to an identification prior to 1889 which fit with what Anderson and Swanson say about the identification? Although Swanson was wrong about some of the details, the circumstances surrounding Kosminski's life and movements in 1890/91 do, in fact, fit.

              Wolf.

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              • #8
                Well, they fit Aaron Kosminski.

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                • #9
                  Who, I am assuming, is whom they meant.

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