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  • Did the Police Know Who JTR Was?

    Could the authorities in 1888 really have known the identity of Jack the Ripper? Sir Robert Anderson said they knew - but how likely is that?
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    NO - they never came close to knowing.
    18.18%
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    NO - Sir Robert Anderson was lying through his teeth.
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    NO - Sir Robert Anderson only thought that he knew.
    18.18%
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    NO - they announced such in the hope that JTR would get careless.
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    NO - they were just trying to ease the fears of the public.
    36.36%
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    YES - they did, and he really was put away, just as Sir Robert Anderson said.
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    YES - but the politics of the day made it impossible for them to arrest and prosecute him.
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    YES - they knew who he was, but they couldn't find him.
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    YES - they knew who he was, but had no tangible proof of his guilt.
    9.09%
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    YES - but they figured it out too late to stop the crimes.
    9.09%
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  • #2
    Based on the lack of forensic technology of the times, they would have literally had to have caught Jack "red handed" in the act itself, or had him confess to the crimes. Anything else would have been considered "circumstantial".

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    • #3
      This may be old news to some people,but lemme add this on to the thread...

      A kupla years ago I watched the program that promoted Kosminski/Cohen...That dude Grieve from Scotland Yard was on there and so was John Ross,from the Black Museum........Long story short,Ross made two statements that puzzled me at the time. One was that in December '88, the police presence was reduced in Whitechapel/East End London. The second was that,"Now..seeing how police presence was reduced,we can deduce that the police knew they had their man...".


      From what I have eventually learned about the former comment,the police presence was NOT reduced until Spring of '89,and that was due to financial reasons.... The second comment,if true,is an ugly thought. That the powers-that-be wouldn't stoop to telling the beleagured East End,that they had their man. This isn't surprising,but its ugly.
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      • #4
        Ghost states that the police would have had to capture JTR red-handed in order to eventually convict him. This is true.

        Would this hold true,had the Ripper killed non-prostitutes?
        Your thoughts........
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