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Old 11-18-2011, 04:35 PM
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Greetings all,

I have a question. Why did journalist G R Simms, a man who knew these Scotland Yard officials first hand, write a letter to Chief Inspector Littlechild of all people about the Ripper case?

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Old 11-18-2011, 04:37 PM
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Here's the Littlechild letter: http://www.casebook.org/official_doc.../lcletter.html
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:43 PM
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Hello Mike. Could it be that he was merely on a fact finding mission? It is odd, however, that GRS chose a Special Branch lad.

I see what you mean.

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Old 11-18-2011, 08:42 PM
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Hi Lynn,

My thoughts exactly. Also, note Littlechild's last line:

Now pardon me -- it is finished. Except that I knew Major Griffiths for many years. He probably got his information from Anderson who only 'thought he knew'.

It seems to me that he is telling Simms his opinion on the murders carries just as much weight as Anderson's, a man we know to have been directly involved. It clearly suggests that he believed he was privy to everything Anderson was.

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Hello Mike,

I find that last line intruiging. I see it as an Anderson put down and a Griffiths put down. Littlechild must have known that Sims was a public provider for the drowned doctor theory anyway. Seems to me he is clearing up both stories in one letter.. and saying.. both are rubbish.

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Hello Mike and Phil. Yes, and the coda seems to be, "Now run along and play."

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Old 11-18-2011, 09:59 PM
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Here's another question: Why did Littlechild send back to Sims a short, typewritten letter full of handwritten corrections and a couple of added sentences (by pen) at the bottom? Why didn't Littlechild simply retype the letter?

Did his secretary (wife?) suddenly quit on him?
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It seems to me, from the reply, that Sims had written to Littlechild to ask, among other things, if he knew the identity of someone called Dr D, as that is the first thing that Littlechild mentions. He is being polite but seems to be saying 'Stop bothering me'.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:19 PM
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Hello all,

I do have a few reservations about the Littlechild letter. A personal letter typed? And addressed to "Dear Sir", not as you would expect, "Dear Sims", or "Dear Mr. Sims". Also the use of "got" at the time and the expression "fired out" - an american slang term first used in the late 1880s, but would Littlechild have used it?

No doubt these can all be explained, but I would have liked to have seen a photocopy of the letter, not just a transcription, in order to see the lay-out of the letter. Is there one anywhere?

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Old 11-18-2011, 10:32 PM
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What is also interesting is that he revisits Tumblety later after he changed the subject. Notice the later statement,

“It is very strange how those given to 'Contrary sexual instinct' and 'degenerates' are given to cruelty…”

Littlechild is clearly revisiting Tumblety and connecting his type of person to cruelty. Was he explaining why Scotland Yard took him seriously as a suspect or more seriously than Druitt or was he explaining why he personally believed Tumblety could be the killer?

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