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  • Great Conference!

    I just want to say on behalf of my partner and researcher, Christine, that we had an absolutely terrific time at the Conference organised by Ricky Cobb.

    A big thank-you to Ricky, Becky and Colin Cobb who looked after us all with efficiency and affability,...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    Druitt died at the wrong time

    Thanks R.J.

    To be spoken of in the same line as Fido is a big, big compliment! It's not accurate - but I'll take what I can get.

    Adam had asked, essentially, if Montague Druitt had not died just after Kelly would he have ever...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    No worries, Adam, and all the best to you.

    I disagree with every single thing you wrote in that last post, some of it kind of crazy, but by all means have the last word since we are both heading for the exit.

    I'm in Tasmania for a [non-Ripper] conference in June. We'll...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    The problem is, Adam, that you are so wound up in your own theory, of Druitt's innocence, that you have missed the boat on this debate completely.

    I was addressing Tammy because that new poster is following this debate closely - unlike your good self - and so another's posting, and my...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    Another way of looking at it is that the Macnaghten Report(s) is the first time that M. J. Druitt is named as a Jack the Ripper suspect (official version) or likely Jack the Ripper solution (Draft or Rewrite version). That's true for sure.

    But it is not the first time that Druitt enters...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    To Tammy

    That is true: the line is meant to be read as I heard this from somebody who knew the family - or read it in a file.

    Then you have to ask: what is the purpose of the source, who is it written for, what potential danger or troubles does it pose to the person who...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    Spot on, Paul!

    And you make an astute observation that people can believe all sorts of things - passionately, sincerely and literally - and still be quite mistaken.

    I would just add that I don't think Macnaghten would have wanted to believe, posthumously, in Druitt's guilt....
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
    started a topic Druitt and "The Lodger"

    Druitt and "The Lodger"

    Here is something I completely missed when I wrote my first book on "Jack The Ripper".

    In that book I had mentioned that Marie Belloc Lowndes' best-selling novel "The Lodger - A Story of the London Fog" (1913) had been inspired by not only The Ripper case, but specifically...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    Thanks Paul and Tammy and Cris!

    All the best to the three of you.

    Aside to Tammy: Macnaghten wrote that the [un-named] Druitt definitely wrote the graffiti, and I think that is probably true.

    To Adam - relax, mate, they are not talking about you.

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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    He meant D not T

    Don't ask me, Howard, to be spat on and pretend to like it. But in deference to you and your site I will do as you ask and let the latest salvo from that quarter go unanswered.

    I will respond to your question Howard even though, apologies in advance, I...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    All Hail The Dear Leader

    To Merv

    Do you comprehend what a mean-spirited poster you are? With not a single counter-point offered, just telling people to Bugger Off!

    Why do you read my stuff, if you don't like it - that's the really creepy part?
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    Thanks Adam, for all your good wishes. Sorry my theory is over your head. But then that's probably due to my poor writing skills or that nervous breakdown I had a few years ago, as diagnosed by Dr Barrett.

    People can see that out positions are irreconcilable and make up their own minds....
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    Adam, I'm going to break this up to reply. I hate doing this, as I think a post should be replied in totally, but I have little time, so apologies.

    From terribly dated post I can see that you have never absorbed my arguments. I don;t mean you have to agree with them. I mean that you don't...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    The Empire Strikes Back

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a literary god, of course, but the comparison is specious and irrelevant.

    George R. Sims wrote persistently about The Ripper, not Doyle, from access to the same information as Macnaghten about the real killer. They shared...
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  • Jonathan Hainsworth
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    I think that's very perceptive, Tammy.

    Both the Smith and Tabram murders showed Druitt, a man who knew the East End well - according to the Vicar - and therefore what could be achieved as an evil murderer and the kind of publicity it could garner.

    I agree, also that Hutchinson...
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