I did get a laugh with your reference to some Autumn conference in Whitechapel in 1888.
hello again c.d..
i had to include that bit in my response bc your second to last sentence in post #396 is intimidating.
prior to jack the ripper, london seems to be characterized by scandal rather than murder-mystery. ive skimmed bna from the decades prior, and most stabbings are reported as familiar occurences - a nephew got drunk and stabbed an uncle, a sister stabbed her sister, husband stabs a wife,... theres an incident with the high rippers in the early 80s were they assaulted a shop clerk; however, the only murder-mystery that reeks of Jack the Ripper (that ive read) is the one that happens on Coram street and (possibly) Hannah Rosser.
To attribute this random flash of social anarchy, in a city with no real and immediate precedence for the social murder and within a tight time span of a year or two, to two or more perpetrators who murdered without collusion is... well,... difficult! worse yet is the theory that a sexual disease enraged his homicidal tendencies and commenced his mysterious killing spree; im no doctor but ill share my common doubt that gonnorhea enables a man with stealth powers. still, we,re left to consider that two men suffered the affliction at the same time and acted independently. to requote myself... "intimidating".
* in all fairness, i am uncomfortably somewhere between the Canonical Five and the Times' Ten.
there,s nothing new, only the unexplored