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  • Paul
    replied to This Looks Promising
    I very much doubt that she'd come anywhere near Ripperologists. As I have said before, it's shocking that any serious and self-respecting historian would overturn 130-years of accepted history and then avoid answering the concerns and criticisms of well-informed people. The only explanation I can think...
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  • Paul
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    The two authors cited by Rubenhold in the last chapter of The Five as examples of Ripperology listing the victims by attractiveness were Maxim Jakubowsky in his edited The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper and Mickey Mayhew in an article in the Whitechapel Journal, both published roughly 15-years ago....
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  • Paul
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    It was written by Drew, so I suppose he just followed the style he's used to writing or seeing, and maybe he was more concerned to attract academics that Ripperologists, maybe figuring that Adam and Neil would attract us all along, but that academics might be put off if it sounded like an "amateur"...
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  • Paul
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    Yes, but that was blown out of the water with ease. She criticised Dr Mickey Mayhew and the Chair of the Crime WritersAssociation, who both wrote 15 years ago, and who speak for themselves (as we all do) and not for Ripperology....
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  • Paul
    replied to This Looks Promising
    I imagine she'd hit people with it....
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  • Paul
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    Ripperology is a silly term coined tongue-in-cheek half a century ago to describe those people who were interested in the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper. That mystery is pretty much all there was half a century ago. Things have changed. They've changed a lot. It is very far from being just...
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  • Paul
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    Yes, Ripperologists and academic historians have different interests, but that doesn't mean those interests can't be shared and be of interest to both, and it doesn't mean that the interest in the lives and actions of the people involved can't be expanded into what was going on in the much wider world....
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  • Paul
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    Drew's book has got nothing to do with it. And he's exposing himself to criticism and to being the representative academic who's dipped his toe in the waters and immediately been surrounded by sharks, so maybe he deserves to be treated with a little respect and understanding. And pity. It's a conference...
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  • Paul
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    It would be a perfect opportunity for you to talk about Harrison Barber. One of the interesting things about Ripper studies is that it introduces you to all sorts of other subjects. I was interested in Mrs Maxwell's alleged statement that she was going to fetch milk for her husband's breakfast from...
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  • Paul
    replied to Tit-Bits 23 September 1939
    Terrific. Thanks Rob.
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  • Paul
    replied to Why would Kate solicit?
    I posted this ramble on Facebook, it should maybe have been better posted here:

    Major Smith was an acknowledged raconteur and as such, we should expect him to embellish his stories to give them colour and set a scene, but there is usually a factual core to the story which is the reason...
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  • In fairness to the Daily Mail, although goodness knows why anyone should be, I think it actually says the photo of Lizzie is of an unknown woman. I'm not sure that's much better than saying it's a photo of someone else, but on balance, I think it's an improvement....
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  • Paul
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    I don't recall seeing it before. It's an important piece, and in the case of She Whose Name We Won'tMention it suggests that Smith drew his conclusions about Eddowes from circumstantial evidence, not because "prostitute" was how he defined all homeless and destitute women....
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  • The sad thing is, Michael, that none of us has the necessary academic or scholarly clout. Martin Fido might have done, but, alas... Drew wrote a fair and balanced review of her book, but her response was as we'd now expect. And Rubenhold doesn't worry about misrepresenting anything you say - hence her...
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  • I just called you a not very nice name. I read the above whilst swallowing a mouthful of tea. I won't go into details......
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