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Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 04:14 AM
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Yes, I've already made this point above. My post...

Yes, I've already made this point above. My post about insanity and fitness to plead was in response to some remarks by JohnG.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 04:10 AM
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Yes, I know. My initial post mentioned both.

Yes, I know. My initial post mentioned both.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 04:08 AM
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Posted By Chris
Why should it?

Why should it?
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 03:40 AM
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Posted By Chris
It seems that regarding fitness to plead, the...

It seems that regarding fitness to plead, the main consideration was whether the accused understood the trial process. Evidently quite a broad view was taken of this. According to his counsel, John...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 03:05 AM
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Posted By Chris
Yes. But it does surprise me that someone...

Yes. But it does surprise me that someone certifiably insane could be fit to stand trial.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 02:30 AM
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Posted By Chris
Again, it's only an assumption that the witness...

Again, it's only an assumption that the witness was there and the suspect was sent to him. And it's an assumption that the Police Seaside Home is the one referred to.

I think a more plausible...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 02:27 AM
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Posted By Chris
I must admit I've always assumed that an insane...

I must admit I've always assumed that an insane man couldn't have been tried or convicted. But by coincidence I'm reading Fenton Bresler's study of the reprieve system, published in 1965, at the...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-13-2015, 01:21 AM
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Posted By Chris
Certainly there has been no shortage of childish...

Certainly there has been no shortage of childish insults in the discussions of this subject.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 12:09 PM
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Posted By Chris
How anyone can be so outstandingly silly is quite...

How anyone can be so outstandingly silly is quite beyond me.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 10:35 AM
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Posted By Chris
I suggest that if people want to discuss lunatic...

I suggest that if people want to discuss lunatic theories about the marginalia having been faked, they take it to that thread in Pub Talk that I just linked to.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 10:22 AM
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Posted By Chris
It's been discussed ad nauseam - for example,...

It's been discussed ad nauseam - for example, here:
http://forum.casebook.org/showthread.php?t=7745&page=45
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 09:49 AM
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Posted By Chris
Exactly. Perhaps the police said "We'll give...

Exactly. Perhaps the police said "We'll give you the opportunity of helping us to carry out an identification discreetly, or else we'll have to arrest the suspect in order to do it, and if that...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 09:45 AM
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Posted By Chris
I don't agree with that. I think the sense (such...

I don't agree with that. I think the sense (such as it is) of Anderson's argument is that:
(1) during the house-to-house inquiry the police had eliminated all the men who lived alone and could...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 09:34 AM
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Posted By Chris
Yes - I don't think there are many people, if...

Yes - I don't think there are many people, if any, who take Anderson's claim at face value.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 09:17 AM
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Posted By Chris
I agree. Lawende had publicly stated that he...

I agree. Lawende had publicly stated that he doubted whether he would know the man again.

And even if he had been sure, and had cooperated with the police, the identification would have fallen short...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 07:25 AM
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Posted By Chris
Obviously, our task is to try to make sense of...

Obviously, our task is to try to make sense of the facts.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 03:49 AM
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Posted By Chris
No, I'm not suggesting that at all. I'm...

No, I'm not suggesting that at all. I'm suggesting that it was arranged for Kozminski to go there as a patient, not that the witness was a patient.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 01:14 AM
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Posted By Chris
Why do you find it unbelievable? Given what had...

Why do you find it unbelievable? Given what had happened in Pizer's case, it's quite believable that both the police and (particularly) the family should have wanted to avoid public knowledge of the...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 12:43 AM
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Posted By Chris
I think it's worth considering the exact words...

I think it's worth considering the exact words Swanson used. The police didn't take him there, they sent him there with difficulty. They didn't bring him back and drop him off. He returned.

I think...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-12-2015, 12:17 AM
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Posted By Chris
If he was always known as Cohen (say) in England,...

If he was always known as Cohen (say) in England, I'm not sure why the police would ever have heard his original surname. But if they had, I don't believe that Macnaghten, writing in an official...
Forum: Periodicals 05-10-2015, 11:47 PM
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Posted By Chris
Yes (actually it was a police...

Yes (actually it was a police superintendent):
http://billdonahue.net/2007/12/01/the-green-bicycle-murder/
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-10-2015, 11:34 PM
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Posted By Chris
Sorry, but I don't follow. If this hypothetical...

Sorry, but I don't follow. If this hypothetical suspect always went by the name Cohen in England, why should the police ever have referred to him as "Kosminski"?
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-10-2015, 06:17 AM
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Posted By Chris
Yes, it's fair enough to point that out, but I...

Yes, it's fair enough to point that out, but I think some people get a bit carried away on the distinction between just "Kosminski" and "Aaron Kozminski".

(Note that I didn't deploy my strongest...
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-10-2015, 01:59 AM
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Posted By Chris
Obviously whether "Kosminski" was...

Obviously whether "Kosminski" was regarded as a prime suspect by the police is general is a quite different question from whether "Kosminski" was Aaron Kozminski or someone else.
Forum: General Suspect Discussion 05-10-2015, 12:44 AM
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Posted By Chris
We may not have absolute certainty, but it's far...

We may not have absolute certainty, but it's far more than just a guess.

There were only a handful of men called Kozminski in London at the time, and only one was committed to an asylum. He was...
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