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  • #31
    Originally posted by Trevor Marriott View Post

    We can only go on the facts as presented to us we have three newspapers stating that all the body parts were accounted for at the time !

    We have a senior officer involved in the investigation saying all parts were accounted for.

    We then have an absence of any police officers thereafter mentioning anything about a missing heart. Doesn't that tell you something?

    You are again relying on Hebbert from 6 years later. He was only at the initial crime scene examination where it was documented that the heart was missing but from the pericardium but that says nothing about missing from the room.He was not involved thereafter.

    The evidence to support the suggestion that the heart was found far outweighs the evidence to suggest it was taken away and I am saying no more on this topic because as I said there are the die-hards who will not accept anything which goes against what has been regarded as the norm.

    You pays your money and look at it whichever way you want to

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    Trevor, you do your past career a huge disservice with this kind of selective logic. Your reasoning and rationale is utterly hopeless.
    Regards, Jon S.
    "
    The theory that the murderer is a lunatic is dispelled by the opinion given to the police by an expert in the treatment of lunacy patients......."If he's insane
    " observed the medical authority, "he's a good deal sharper than those who are not".
    Reynolds Newspaper, 4 Nov. 1888.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Trevor Marriott View Post
      Paul

      Its not as simple as that is it? We have the head of Whitechapel CID who was directly involved in the case who corroborates the newspaper articles.

      Aside from what has been mentioned already, where is there any statement from any other police officer connected to this who says the heart had been taken away?

      If you support the fact that the heart was taken away the of course you wil suggest Reid is mistaken but come on something as important as that mistaken, I think not

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      Trevor,
      Well, to begin with Reid was looking back from his retirement and like many policemen may have been basing his memories on a collection of newspaper cuttings. So you have got to allow for the possibility that he wasn't corroborating them, but using them. However, that's theorising. The point you must not avoid is that Reid said no body parts were taken from any victim, and he denied that there was any significant mutilation - now, come on, how can you place any credence in Reid when he effectively said the Ripper's victims weren't mutilated.

      I might as well ask where there is any statement by any police officer that the heart had not been taken away. The point is that we don't have many statements about anything regarding Mary Kelly.

      Back to Reid - but he was mistaken about important things, wasn't he? Saying that the victims suffered some superficial knife scratches is a pretty important mistake for goodness sake! I mean, the murderer wasn't called Jack the Ripper for no good reason.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Wicker Man View Post
        Trevor, you do your past career a huge disservice with this kind of selective logic. Your reasoning and rationale is utterly hopeless.
        Maybe hopeless, but it is true logic and rationale, get you head out of the sand.

        When we get to this contentious issue as we have done before, we always have the same handful of posters who wont accept what cannot be denied.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Paul View Post
          Trevor,
          Well, to begin with Reid was looking back from his retirement and like many policemen may have been basing his memories on a collection of newspaper cuttings. So you have got to allow for the possibility that he wasn't corroborating them, but using them. However, that's theorising. The point you must not avoid is that Reid said no body parts were taken from any victim, and he denied that there was any significant mutilation - now, come on, how can you place any credence in Reid when he effectively said the Ripper's victims weren't mutilated.

          I might as well ask where there is any statement by any police officer that the heart had not been taken away. The point is that we don't have many statements about anything regarding Mary Kelly.

          Back to Reid - but he was mistaken about important things, wasn't he? Saying that the victims suffered some superficial knife scratches is a pretty important mistake for goodness sake! I mean, the murderer wasn't called Jack the Ripper for no good reason.
          Paul
          So on the basis that he was confused, we should totally disregard anything Reid said in connection with the murders, or cherry pick the things he did say which sit well with other theories. Of course he was in the know and so were all the other officers but their silence on this issue speaks volumes as it did then and still does today.

          If you are going to ignore what Reid says for the reasons you stated, you might as well disregard anything anybody said in 1888 about these murders and simply suggest they got it wrong.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
            Trevor:
            In the meantime, here's a dissertation from Dave Yost ( co-author of News From Whitechapel ) on the missing heart:

            http://www.casebook.org/dissertation...yostheart.html
            It tells us no more than is known and simply gives an opinion by the writer.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Trevor Marriott View Post
              Paul
              So on the basis that he was confused, we should totally disregard anything Reid said in connection with the murders, or cherry pick the things he did say which sit well with other theories. Of course he was in the know and so were all the other officers but their silence on this issue speaks volumes as it did then and still does today.

              If you are going to ignore what Reid says for the reasons you stated, you might as well disregard anything anybody said in 1888 about these murders and simply suggest they got it wrong.

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              Trevor,
              I didn't say that we should disregard what Reid says, but, assuming he wasn't writing nonsense for his own amusement, he clearly had quite serious memory issues at this time when it came to recalling the Ripper case accurately. What he said at that time in his life must be considered unreliable and be treated with caution. Obviously this would not apply to what he said at other times, so it isn't a case of cherry-picking, just being aware of and understanding the sources.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Trevor Marriott View Post
                If you are going to ignore what Reid says for the reasons you stated, you might as well disregard anything anybody said in 1888 about these murders and simply suggest they got it wrong.
                Think about it. Reid thought that none of the victims had any missing body parts. Obviously, he was wrong.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                  Thanks very much, Debs ! I will go dig up that Evening News article.
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                  My mistake, How. It was the Evening Telegraph Nov 17th 1888

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Trevor Marriott View Post
                    Debs

                    We can only go on the facts as presented to us we have three newspapers stating that all the body parts were accounted for at the time !

                    We have a senior officer involved in the investigation saying all parts were accounted for.

                    We then have an absence of any police officers thereafter mentioning anything about a missing heart. Doesn't that tell you something?

                    You are again relying on Hebbert from 6 years later. He was only at the initial crime scene examination where it was documented that the heart was missing but from the pericardium but that says nothing about missing from the room.He was not involved thereafter.

                    The evidence to support the suggestion that the heart was found far outweighs the evidence to suggest it was taken away and I am saying no more on this topic because as I said there are the die-hards who will not accept anything which goes against what has been regarded as the norm.

                    You pays your money and look at it whichever way you want to

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                    Trevor,
                    On Nov 17th 1888 a person who "assisted at the post mortem" told a reporter of the Evening Telegraph that MJK's killer had shown no surgical skill because he removed her heart through cutting the diaphragm, as opposed to cutting through the sternum. To assess the reliability of this newspaper's scoop about the heart, none of the details of which were revealed at the inquest, we can compare it to Dr Bond's notes on MJK's post mortem done for Anderson (the only medical notes we have) and see that is exactly what was done to remove the heart. This source therefore is reliable, it's correct and it's unique as opposed to the sources you are relying on to prop up your theory, which were actually written to counter the idea that the uterus was taken.
                    Finally, our reliable source says the uterus wasn't missing but the heart is.
                    So I am not relying on something written by Hebbert and Bond 6 years later-what was published by Harris and provided by Bond and Hebbert corroborates this 1888 article.

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                    • #40
                      Thanks Debs !

                      No, Trevor....it does much more than offer the author's opinion.


                      The Observer, (London), 18 Nov 88, p5

                      "Though the coroner prevented most of the medical evidence from coming out, it is believed that much of it will be of a curious nature. According to one report published on Friday it seems that the assassin cut the woman's heart out and carried it away, and if he did not carry away the other parts of the body, it was supposed that he was either disturbed or that he forgot them in his hurry to escape. That he cut the heart out from below instead of cutting through the diaphragm does not, as some argue, show that he is an ignorant person..."

                      The Observer
                      mentions another report mentioning the missing heart. That makes either three or two papers which mentioned it.
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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Debra Arif View Post
                        Trevor,
                        On Nov 17th 1888 a person who "assisted at the post mortem" told a reporter of the Evening Telegraph that MJK's killer had shown no surgical skill because he removed her heart through cutting the diaphragm, as opposed to cutting through the sternum. To assess the reliability of this newspaper's scoop about the heart, none of the details of which were revealed at the inquest, we can compare it to Dr Bond's notes on MJK's post mortem done for Anderson (the only medical notes we have) and see that is exactly what was done to remove the heart. This source therefore is reliable, it's correct and it's unique as opposed to the sources you are relying on to prop up your theory, which were actually written to counter the idea that the uterus was taken.
                        Finally, our reliable source says the uterus wasn't missing but the heart is.
                        So I am not relying on something written by Hebbert and Bond 6 years later-what was published by Harris and provided by Bond and Hebbert corroborates this 1888 article.
                        You cant say the source was reliable as the source is unknown.I note the article was 8 days after the events and the source would seem to have perhaps come from the Hebbert camp. He was the only one who was initially on the scene and then took no part thereafter. Strange that none of the other papers picked it up dont you think such an important issue?

                        Equally I cannot verify the sources for the newspapers of the day who printed stories saying nothing was removed. But what Reid said cannot be dismissed lightly.

                        Just for the record here are those newspaper reports

                        The Echo, 10th November 1888...

                        The investigation made by the doctors yesterday was not the final one, mainly because the room was ill-adapted for the purpose of carrying out a complete autopsy. The post-mortem examination-in-chief was only commenced this morning, at the early hour of half-past seven, when Dr. Phillips, Dr. Bond, Dr. Hibbert, and other experts attended. Some portions of the body are missing, and, says an Echo reporter, writing at two o'clock this afternoon, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Bond, accompanied by Inspector Moore, Inspector Abberline, and Inspector Reid, are again paying a visit to Miller's-court, in order to examine the ashes found in the grate, as it is thought small parts of the body may have been burnt.

                        The Times 10th November

                        The latest account states upon what professes to be indisputable authority that no portion of the woman's body was taken away by the murderer. As already stated, the post-mortem examination was of the most exhaustive character, and surgeons did not quit their work until every organ had been accounted for and placed as closely as possible in its natural position.

                        The Echo 12th November

                        Nothing of any importance was discovered in the ashes at the deceased's house. A small portion only of the remains is missing, while it is noticeable as a special incident in the barbarous murder that the organ hitherto taken away at the mutilations was found in the room, although it had been cut out of the body...

                        The Times 12th November

                        As early as half past 7 on Saturday morning, Dr. Phillips, assisted by Dr. Bond (Westminster), Dr. Gordon Brown (City), Dr. Duke (Spitalfields) and his (Dr. Phillips') assistant, made an exhaustive post-mortem examination of the body at the mortuary adjoining Whitechapel Church. It is known that after Dr. Phillips "fitted" the cut portions of the body into their proper places no portion was missing.

                        At the first examination which was only of a cursory character, it was thought that a portion of the body had gone, but this is not the case.

                        The examination was most minutely made, and lasted upwards of 2 ½ hours after which the mutilated portions were sewn to the body, and therefore the coroner's jury will be spared the unpleasant duty of witnessing the horrible spectacle presented to those who discovered the murder. The ashes found in the fireplace of the room rented by the deceased woman were also submitted to a searching examination, but nothing likely to throw any light on this shocking case could be gleaned from them.

                        As you can see Reid was present !!!!!!!!!!!

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
                          Thanks Debs !

                          No, Trevor....it does much more than offer the author's opinion.


                          The Observer, (London), 18 Nov 88, p5

                          "Though the coroner prevented most of the medical evidence from coming out, it is believed that much of it will be of a curious nature. According to one report published on Friday it seems that the assassin cut the woman's heart out and carried it away, and if he did not carry away the other parts of the body, it was supposed that he was either disturbed or that he forgot them in his hurry to escape. That he cut the heart out from below instead of cutting through the diaphragm does not, as some argue, show that he is an ignorant person..."

                          The Observer
                          mentions another report mentioning the missing heart. That makes either three or two papers which mentioned it.
                          Look at the date of the article 10 days after the event !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                          • #43
                            One thing your articles have in common, Trevor, is that they are all pre-inquest reports and follow on from the rumours that the uterus had again been taken away in this case.
                            The telegraph article is after the inquest and although the details were never revealed publicly at the inquest, the Telegraph was accurate in the way it described how the heart was removed from the body; not through opening of the sternum but from underneath. This was an accurate and uniquely reported fact and the source was stated to be someone who was in attendance at the post mortem. Other press reports comment that there was a full post mortem done at the scene before removal to the mortuary and we know exactly who was present for it.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Debra Arif View Post
                              One thing your articles have in common, Trevor, is that they are all pre-inquest reports and follow on from the rumours that the uterus had again been taken away in this case.
                              The telegraph article is after the inquest and although the details were never revealed publicly at the inquest, the Telegraph was accurate in the way it described how the heart was removed from the body; not through opening of the sternum but from underneath. This was an accurate and uniquely reported fact and the source was stated to be someone who was in attendance at the post mortem. Other press reports comment that there was a full post mortem done at the scene before removal to the mortuary and we know exactly who was present for it.
                              Debs

                              However you want to dress your arguments up you cannot get away from a number of important ascertained facts,these being in chronological order

                              Reid was present at the crime scene. He was directly involved in the case being the head of Whitechapel CID

                              Newspapers state nothing was removed

                              Those same newspapers ignored the later articles stating that something was removed. Why did they do that? A missing organ was much more of a news interest than one that wasn't missing surely?

                              Reid later states that nothing was removed. Trust me no one would forget such a horrific crime scene and the aftermath. So this suggestion about Reid making a mistake is a load of old pony nothing more than a smokescreen to keep the old accepted facts alive.

                              No police officers after the event corroborate the suggestion that the heart was removed despite many discussing the murders over the ensuing years.

                              As I said previous the facts in support of the heart being found far outweigh the facts to suggest it was taken away.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Debra Arif View Post
                                One thing your articles have in common, Trevor, is that they are all pre-inquest reports and follow on from the rumours that the uterus had again been taken away in this case.
                                The telegraph article is after the inquest and although the details were never revealed publicly at the inquest, the Telegraph was accurate in the way it described how the heart was removed from the body; not through opening of the sternum but from underneath. This was an accurate and uniquely reported fact and the source was stated to be someone who was in attendance at the post mortem. Other press reports comment that there was a full post mortem done at the scene before removal to the mortuary and we know exactly who was present for it.
                                Debs
                                It matters not whether the uterus, the kidney or the heart was believed to have been taken away. The end result was that nothing was taken away as Reid now confirms.

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