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Old 01-01-2012, 07:46 PM
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Whether it is, or isn't, a contender, the book sounds fascinating, Carol.
Hi Celesta,
It really is a wonderful book for anyone interested in social history. My only complaint is that no clothes are included. That really would have put the icing on the cake for me!
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:48 PM
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Hello Carol. Thanks. Should be interesting.

I believe there was a press clipping about a bone knife found in Hampstead pond. It was reported to have dark stains on it. Wonder what became of the story and the knife?

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Why do we always assume that JtR carried only one knife?
Hi Bridewell,
I've never thought of that. It seems to me you have some thoughts about this that need airing!
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:57 PM
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Hello Carol. Thanks. Should be interesting.

I believe there was a press clipping about a bone knife found in Hampstead pond. It was reported to have dark stains on it. Wonder what became of the story and the knife?

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Hello Lynn

Was it a bone-handled knife, if you remember?

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If the killer had hold of her from behind and was trying to cut her throat I would imagine that she was trying to prevent this and therefore moving her head about frantically.
Thanks for clarifying Trevor. I see your point although I don't necessarily agree with it. I would expect she would be shrieking if such a battle ensued alerting Watkins or someone................



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Old 01-01-2012, 09:55 PM
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Hello Carol. Yes. Should have been more clear. Sorry.

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Hi Carol, sounds like a very interesting book you've got there. However, the blade(s) used by the Ripper had to have been at least six inches in length, so the 4 in. blade you described wouldn't have cut it (pun not intended).

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What immediately struck me about a folding knife of this description is that it functions as a knife with two different blade lengths. Unfolded, it has a 7-inch blade. Folded, it has a 4-inch blade exposed.

Assuming that JtR killed Tabram, the shorter portion of the blade might do very well for the injuries found on her. This would also fit with the assumption that the killer attacked Tabram on impulse, unpremeditated, simply pulling the knife out of its sheath and stabbing frenziedly with the short piece of exposed blade. For subsequent, planned killings he could have unfolded such a knife to inflict the injuries found later in his career.
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The knife you describe, Carol, sounds like a reasonable implement for JtR to use. I like the fact that it has "a best solid leather sheath" which could, no doubt, be hung from a belt and therefore hidden by the jacket that virtually all men, regardless of economic circumstance, wore in the LVP.
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Thanks for clarifying Trevor. I see your point although I don't necessarily agree with it. I would expect she would be shrieking if such a battle ensued alerting Watkins or someone................



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Not if he had his hand over her mouth !
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