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    Does anyone recall an instance in which a man...or woman...going to the police and confessing to a murder that they did not commit prior to the Whitechapel Murders ?
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    Example.....the confessors in this article 'fessed up less than ten days, perhaps even earlier, after the Nichols murder.
    Notice the quantity of false confessors mentioned...'several'.

    South Wales Echo

    September 11, 1888
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    • #3
      I think there must be a few of these...recently a very interesting thread on casebook detailed the travails of Richard Blake.

      He confessed to a murder in 1880, but recanted and was not believed.

      He later in 1888 confessed to the first JtR murders, but was not believed.

      Thread here http://forum.casebook.org/showthread.php?t=10575

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kattrup View Post
        I think there must be a few of these...recently a very interesting thread on casebook detailed the travails of Richard Blake.

        He confessed to a murder in 1880, but recanted and was not believed.

        He later in 1888 confessed to the first JtR murders, but was not believed.

        Thread here http://forum.casebook.org/showthread.php?t=10575
        It could be that certain itinerants 'fessed up because they fancied some nights in jail and square meals rather than spending nights out on the streets.
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        • #5
          Because my mind is a cluttered mess, I always think of a bunch of different angles at one time. These Elements are great but my mind keeps hopping to my favorite word, "Why"? What was special about the time of the WM that allowed for these Elements?

          Considering confessors, the 1880s law was a little less stringent than it had been in times past. For instance there was the possibility of an insane murderer such as James Kelly going to Broadmoore rather than being hanged. Some past punishments like transportation to Australia had long been ended.

          If a confessor had good reason to believe he would be swiftly tried and hanged, would there be confessors? IMO if confessors confess to obtain attention they have to weigh out the risk v. benefit, attention v. execution.

          I think in addition to the Elements it is interesting to think of changes in society, law, media, etc. that helped create the perfect storm that was Jack the Ripper and his crimes.
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          • #6
            Kattrup:

            Thanks very much for the information on Blake. New one to me.

            I suppose, now, the volume of confessors is unique since Blake confessed falsely to one prior.
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