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Actually Abby, as far as I'm aware he was responsible for a handful of short magazine articles
Why do you keep calling them short articles?

Short compared to what?
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whilst Mike took on the role of "househusband" during a lengthy period of unemployment, had to "tidy up."
I've written and published two books. My parents and sister very kindly helped me with the proof reading and could be said to have "tidied up" both of them. So what? Does it make me incapable of writing them?
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John, you've referred on more than one occasion to Mike's inability to carry out research but have you actually read his 17 page research note on Maybrick and the Ripper murders? It's a perfectly competent note and proves that he was capable of competent historical research.
David, can I ask, was the research note hand or type written? If the latter is correct, there is clearly no proof that Mike was responsible for the note. Conversely, if the latter is true perhaps you would be kind enough to refer me to the handwriting expert who confirmed that they were in Mike's own hand.

Look, I know you're probably going to say I'm being pedantic, but surely we're both agreed that any claim made by Mike should be treated with the utmost suspicion.
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David, can I ask, was the research note hand or type written? If the latter is correct, there is clearly no proof that Mike was responsible for the note. Conversely, if the latter is true perhaps you would be kind enough to refer me to the handwriting expert who confirmed that they were in Mike's own hand.

Look, I know you're probably going to say I'm being pedantic, but surely we're both agreed that any claim made by Mike should be treated with the utmost suspicion.
It was typed on Mike's word processor but if he wasn't responsible from the note where did he get it from? And who did the research into Maybrick and the Jack the Ripper murders?
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Why do you keep calling them short articles?

Short compared to what?
War and Peace. Divina Commedia.

Okay, I'm obviously aware that a teenage magazine article can't be reasonably compared to a novel of the Napoleonic Wars, or an epic poem from the fourteenth century, but honestly David, some of your posts are longer than Mike's articles, and that's not a criticism of you by the way. Anyway, if they were extensively edited by Anne, the whole point becomes largely academic.
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I've written and published two books. My parents and sister very kindly helped me with the proof reading and could be said to have "tidied up" both of them. So what? Does it make me incapable of writing them?
Of course it doesn't. But then you're someone with about a million times more credibility than Mike Barrett.
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It was typed on Mike's word processor but if he wasn't responsible from the note where did he get it from? And who did the research into Maybrick and the Jack the Ripper murders?
Well one possibility is that it was someone close to Mike, someone with literacy skills, someone who had easy access to his word processor. Just a thought.
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War and Peace. Divina Commedia.

Okay, I'm obviously aware that a teenage magazine article can't be reasonably compared to a novel of the Napoleonic Wars, or an epic poem from the fourteenth century, but honestly David, some of your posts are longer than Mike's articles, and that's not a criticism of you by the way. Anyway, if they were extensively edited by Anne, the whole point becomes largely academic.
But if that's a serious answer John it's ridiculous. You can't compare a magazine article to War and Peace. He wrote magazine articles. Neither short nor long.

And I have no idea what "whole point" you think becomes academic if his articles were edited by Anne. Lots of journalists have their articles edited. As do authors.

The only point about Anne's involvement is that if she helped him with the articles she was capable of helping him with the diary. I'm not sure whether you agree with that or not but I think you do.
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Well one possibility is that it was someone close to Mike, someone with literacy skills, someone who had easy access to his word processor. Just a thought.
Who had easy access to his word processor though?

And it's got nothing to do with literary skills because Anne has said that she tidied up his note.

It's all about research skills. Someone had to physically do the research for that note to be written. All the evidence is that it was Mike Barrett who did this.
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