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Old 12-11-2017, 10:04 AM
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George Robert Sims

Sims was born in 1847 and educated at Bonn University. He took up journalism in 1874 and enjoyed wide popularity as a novelist, playwright and poet. He is perhaps best remembered as the author of the much parodied ballad, It Is Christmas Day In The Workhouse. He used his excellent police contacts to write about the Ripper murders for the publication The Referee, under the pseudonym Dragonet. Sims claimed that in 1888 a coffee stallholder in Whitechapel saw a portrait of Sims advertising his latest book, and believed he was the likeness of a suspicious man with bloodstained cuffs who had come to his stall shortly after the double murder, and announced to the stallholder that he would hear of two more murders the following day. Sims would make frequent references to this story, and appeared to believe the Ripper looked exactly like himself.

A successful playwright, his most notable success was The Light of London, his autobiography My Life - Sixty Years Recollections Of Bohemian London, was published in 1917. Sims later came to believe the rumours that the Ripper was Montague John Druitt. In 1913 to counter these rumours Inspector John Littlechild wrote to Sims naming Dr Tumblety as a more likely suspect, this became known as the Littlechild letter. Sims died in 1922.




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Old 12-27-2017, 09:29 AM
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Is that a horseshoe shaped pin in his necktie?
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Old 12-27-2017, 11:57 AM
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@ Suspect Zero: Ha! Sims was certainly a toff, wasn't he?

@ Station Cat: Thanks for the rundown on Sims and that great pic. I think the human memory is an unreliable thing, and that the stall-holder got things mixed up. No other witness description of the Ripper ever said a full beard, did it?
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@ Suspect Zero: Ha! Sims was certainly a toff, wasn't he?

@ Station Cat: Thanks for the rundown on Sims and that great pic. I think the human memory is an unreliable thing, and that the stall-holder got things mixed up. No other witness description of the Ripper ever said a full beard, did it?
Don't think so, but they did mention a horseshoe pin. I think it might have been Hutchinson....
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Old 12-27-2017, 06:26 PM
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Far from persuaded that anyone actually saw the Ripper.

They may have seen someone with a victim, but is that proof it was the Ripper?
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:22 AM
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Far from persuaded that anyone actually saw the Ripper.

They may have seen someone with a victim, but is that proof it was the Ripper?
With all the witness sightings, the odds are at least one of them saw the Ripper.

I've always been surprised at the lack of sightings after the murders. You'd think at those early hours someone would've seen a suspicious individual leaving the crime scene. There are a few nuggets in the newspapers, like the man on the doorstep cleaning his hands, but nothing substantial.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:51 AM
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With all the witness sightings, the odds are at least one of them saw the Ripper.

I've always been surprised at the lack of sightings after the murders. You'd think at those early hours someone would've seen a suspicious individual leaving the crime scene. There are a few nuggets in the newspapers, like the man on the doorstep cleaning his hands, but nothing substantial.
There is one sighting that is potentially of the killer, by its timing, and if accurate, and that has a victim with her probable killer, and that is Lawende's sighting of Kate. The issue with that is by that slim margin in time, its unlikely that he did in fact see Kate.

Its unlikely Annie was seen with anyone when we have Cadosche putting a time to an assault in that yard, Israels Schwartz sighting would be equally as interesting as Kates, by the timing ...but Israels story is not submitted in any form to the Inquest, which of course it would be had it been believed. Then we have Sailor Man, who was supposedly seen with the victim within 8-9 minutes of her being found dead in another place, and after being fairly extensively mutilated....the timing doesn't really work there..., and then we have Blotchy and Mary...which may have been a legitimate sighting of a killer with the victim. We only know he eventually left, we don't know when.

None of these men had beards. Thereby nullifying the premise that the killer looked anything like Sims.
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Is that a horseshoe shaped pin in his necktie?
That's exactly what it is. It seems to have eleven light-coloured stones (diamonds?).
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I could be incorrect, but I was of the impression that 'Dagonet' did not sport a full beard in 1888.

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I could be incorrect, but I was of the impression that 'Dagonet' did not sport a full beard in 1888.

http://spartacus-educational.com/Jsims.htm
No. You are correct.. it was not. However, Ulysses s. Grant did.
As did Santa Claus.
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