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    Hi Jeff,

    You're obviously having another Dan Norder moment.

    But never fear. A cure is nigh. Take a deep breath and repeat after meó

    "Just like the Bogeyman, Jack did not, does not, and never will exist."

    Sleep well. Dream coloured dreams.

    Regards,

    Simon

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  • SPE
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    Easiest of Targets

    Originally posted by Jeff Leahy View Post
    It still doesnít make sense why they would target poor down and outs? Surely the obvious thing to do is target the rich. I think of the recent India atrocity where a bunch of gunmen went on the rampage just shooting whoever they saw at random.
    These women were specifically chosen. Why?
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    Because they were the easiest of targets, and were readily available on the streets with the least chance of being caught when targeting them.

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  • Jeff Leahy
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    A paranoid schitzophrenic expressing obsessional behaviour patterns?

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    Hi Jeff,

    My goodness, you're a dab hand at missing the point.

    These women were specifically chosen? By whom?

    Regards,

    Simon
    Last edited by Simon Wood; October 2, 2009, 11:37 AM. Reason: in the interests of sanity

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  • Jeff Leahy
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    It still doesn’t make sense why they would target poor down and outs? Surely the obvious thing to do is target the rich. I think of the recent India atrocity where a bunch of gunmen went on the rampage just shooting whoever they saw at random.

    These women were specifically chosen. Why?

    If you want to bring down the government there is no president for this kind of behavior ever having worked before. And as far as I know no terrorist has since tried such a tactic.

    Pirate

    PS I’m off for a jolly and a pint, and a Friday scive..have a good weekend all

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    Hi Jeff,

    I do not believe that "Jack" was a serial killer. Nor do I believe that two or more people conspired to kill the C5 for whatever reason. If they had, why did they do it in such half-arsed fashion?

    But there is certainly enough evidence to suggest that whatever was really going on at the time in the East End was made to look like the work of a knuckle-dragging serial killer.

    Regards,

    Simon

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    Hi Stewart,

    No, I am not a member of JTROFS.

    How do I join? Do I get a badge or T-shirt?

    Regards,

    Simon

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  • SPE
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    A Fact

    Originally posted by Jeff Leahy View Post
    But surely this was an unforeseen bi-product of the murders. Fueled largely by a new a emerging press. No terrorist in their wildest dream could have predicted what the consequence of a few dead bag ladies would have been when the murders started.
    Surely shooting the queen or blowing up the houses of parliament is the obvious course of action for a disgruntled Irishman?
    Pirate
    Not being a 'conspiracy theorist' I'm not pushing anything here, merely stating a fact.

    The arrests of past bombers revealed what a risky business that was, and with no really positive result in the press. The pressmen were already critical of the police and the government, especially in the wake of the 1887 troubles. It didn't take a genius to work out that if an unknown killer was randomly slaughtering women on the streets without getting caught it would result in an outraged press who would turn on the custodians of the law and the government.

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    Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
    If I were head of a Fenian terrorist organization, I would send a man like Tumblety not to a place like Whitechapel but to a place like Cleveland St. The fallout could be phenomenal.
    Excellent point.

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  • Jeff Leahy
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    But surely this was an unforeseen bi-product of the murders. Fueled largely by a new a emerging press. No terrorist in their wildest dream could have predicted what the consequence of a few dead bag ladies would have been when the murders started.

    Surely shooting the queen or blowing up the houses of parliament is the obvious course of action for a disgruntled Irishman?

    Pirate

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  • SPE
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    And yet...

    Originally posted by Jeff Leahy View Post
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    Where Iím failing to grasp what is being said, is how anyone could believe that killing six, Ďbag ladiesí, without two pennies to rub together. Who would appear to have no connection apart from their poverty, excessive drinking and prostitution? Could possibly have anything to gain or any message to communicate to a wider audience in their horrific deaths.
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    And yet over the killing of these 'six, bag ladies'... we have an unprecedented international press publicity campaign, press vilification of the London police and government, high-ranking police and government officials in fear of being brought down over it and public hysteria. None of the previous bomb outrages in London ever came near to achieving this.

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  • Robert Linford
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    If I were head of a Fenian terrorist organization, I would send a man like Tumblety not to a place like Whitechapel but to a place like Cleveland St. The fallout could be phenomenal.

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  • Jeff Leahy
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    Firstly I will ignore the Norder Jibe which is a little below the belt. But yes, clearly I was suggesting that separate unrelated murderers might have been involved, not a group acting together. Although clearly the suggestion this was the case in at least Emma Smithís murder would seem probable.

    And Iím NOT saying that conspiracies never happen. We do know they do. We have the Gun Powder Plot and Water Gate as two examples.

    Iím saying conspiracy theories seldom hold any water (Dianna, Kennedy, 911, Roswell etc etc) Although Iím willing to except government cock-up and cover-up. However my interpretation of conspiracy requires organizational skills, which most governments do not possess.

    I think your wrong if you suggest conspiracy theories are not fairly main stream in Ripperology. My first introduction was through the Barlow and Watts program as a boy, and Stephen Knightís theory.

    So let me try and clarify what I was trying to express. That is that ĎTerroristsí by and large, have a message of some sort to communicate. And for what ever reason they feel violence is the only option open to them to get publicity for their cause.

    Where Iím failing to grasp what is being said, is how anyone could believe that killing six, Ďbag ladiesí, without two pennies to rub together. Who would appear to have no connection apart from their poverty, excessive drinking and prostitution? Could possibly have anything to gain or any message to communicate to a wider audience in their horrific deaths.

    The letters by and large seem the work of hoaxers, and I donít recall any of them saying, ďrelease Roderick from prison or another bag lady gets itĒ.

    In short if there were a Fenian connection surely, like 911, we would all know, who and more importantly WHY. Because the whole point of terrorism is communication.

    So Iím not being narrow minded, Iím simply failing to grasp any logic in why a conspirator would feel there was anything to gain by killing these women. I can see no similar examples. Yet when we look at blown up aircraft or assassinated heads of State, we can see hundreds of examples. This is how terrorist organizations and in Parnellís case, freedom fighters working for a just cause, work.

    Serial killers kill people, terrorist created violent publicity campaigns.

    Pirate

    P.S. I donít recall accusing anyone of being an old fart, but thanks for the young man complements, god knows I could do with some.

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  • Big Jon
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    Originally posted by How Brown View Post
    Jeff:

    Its not necessary for a precedent involving serial murder & conspiracy for the Whitechapel Murders to have been a conspiracy.

    There's a first time for everything in crime...

    You mention:

    "There is simply NO logic to a conspiracy theory behind the whitechappel murders.

    They were almost certainly committed by more than one person, and the majority (probably six as Anderson suspected) committed by someone with a severe mental problem.


    Despite your trying to prove the contrary, any murder involving more than one person is, by definition, a conspiracy.
    Assuming of course these people are working with each other, not that they are just three random, unrelated people who happen to commit similar gruesome murders in the same area at around about the same time!

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  • SPE
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    JTROFS

    Originally posted by Simon Wood View Post
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    I don't know how old you are, but in my sixty-five year lifetime I can recall at least three conspiracies which worked supremely well...
    Simon
    He's only a slip of a boy Simon. But, hell, you are even older than me! Have you joined the official JTROFS (Jack the Ripper Old Farts' Society)? I was formally declared 'an old fart' by the fondly remembered Felicity Jane Lowde.

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