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    South Wales Echo
    October 18, 1888
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  • #2
    Well, if they did find a clue they wouldn't tell the public. This is why I think the circumstantial evidence on Kosminski was kept secret.

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    • #3
      This may have been covered elsewhere so apologies, but how thorough were these house to house searches? Were they conducted more than once? Were the public notified that they would be occurring, giving the killer an opportunity to hide or dispose of any potentially incriminating evidence?


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tania Edwards View Post
        This may have been covered elsewhere so apologies, but how thorough were these house to house searches? Were they conducted more than once? Were the public notified that they would be occurring, giving the killer an opportunity to hide or dispose of any potentially incriminating evidence?


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        I think there was somewhat of advanced warning but someone else can probably be more specific. The papers soon picked up the subject.

        That said, the reason I am replying is, in relation to your question I think the whole project, as far as finding incriminating evidence, was doomed from the start. As I understand it a large area was searched this way. It was not a military operation with extreme amounts of man power so undoubtedly door after door was knocked upon. In a large rooming house word would pass quickly what was happening. A number of buildings were searched this way and surely they were not all searched at once.

        Like Scott Nelson said below, information that led to Kosminski may have someway come from these searches.

        I am really poor with London geography but I think I have read they searched as far as Hanbury Street. I have a personal thought that JtR may have lived on Bethnal Green. If that would be right, the search did not go far enough. I think?
        The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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        • #5
          "The greatest good feeling prevails towards the police"

          Really? I was under the impression that for the most part, police in the area were not trusted and, in some cases, were thwarted in their work. If there was a good feeling and assistance rendered, perhaps it was so as to avoid becoming a 'person of interest'?

          Cheers,
          Adam.

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