I was just watching a documentary regarding the authorship of the Dear Boss letter , and it seems like they nailed it fairly conclusively upon the shoulders of Star journalist Frederick Best with the aid and support of his Editor TP O'Conner, which goes to show just how far the brand new publication ( launched in 1888 ) was willing to go , in order to entice readers and sell newspapers . Frederick Best married a Whitechapel lass who's family were firmly embedded , in , and around the Rippers territory . He was a scene of crime journalist and it would not have been unusual for him to have been present, on the spot of any latest murder , along with many other eager beaver reporters , from many rival tabloids .
If it was indeed Best , who penned and sent in that infamous Jack the Ripper letter to the central news agency on the 25th , although not yet in the public domain , it was fully acknowledged by all in the press core by the evening of the double event .. and maybe even a few of them had their own suspicions as to the authorship of the letter .
So , what if the press battle which was already raging out of control became more of a hands on fight , in regards to creating their own story's ..
for example a piece of Eddows apron was either found, or removed from Mitre square or the morgue ( where her cloths lay in a pile ) by a journalist wishing to raise the steaks .. and once in a fairly secluded spot ( Goulston st ) removed his chalk from his pocket and in a "round schoolboy hand" proceeded to raise them steaks a little higher still .
And in the legendary style of Colombo " just one more thing "
The GSG itself " The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing "
How's this for a little journo rebuttal " Who sent the fright letter , Blame new tabloid man , He No Ju "
I was going to say wouldn't the spelling and grammar be better if it was written by a journalist, but just heard a Sky News reporter say "The legend is based on the story of a shepherd girl who was flocking her sheep", so now I'm not so sure. I think she said "flocking", could have been "flogging".