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Have just started reading Walter Dew's account of his involvement in the Ripper murders, I must say it's very interesting reading and well worth a read. If only more officers had written about it too
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Have just started reading Walter Dew's account of his involvement in the Ripper murders, I must say it's very interesting reading and well worth a read. If only more officers had written about it too
If Dew's account had been written directly after his involvement it may have been more valuable. As it stands there are two many years in between the events and the publication, which likely explains the numerous errors.
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If Dew's account had been written directly after his involvement it may have been more valuable. As it stands there are two many years in between the events and the publication, which likely explains the numerous errors.
Yep. Nowhere near contemporary.
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Well I enjoyed it and it's one of only a few written that give an incite into what it was like for the police during this period. I don't believe it should be so easily dismissed.


I also found it interesting that he was more drawn not to WHO the Ripper was but HOW he operated with seemingly impunity. Especially on the night of the supposed event.


I was particularly interested in his opinion that Stride wasn't a Ripper victim and the Goulston graffiti was nothing to do with the Ripper. Opinion's that I share, but was unaware that someone directly involved had the same thoughts.
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Dew I think began his "literary career" after he became an international figure by his pursuing and capturing Dr. Hawley Crippen. In fact his memoirs is entitled "I Caught Crippen". But whatever merits he had as a police detective (one realizes he got to the title of "Inspector Walter Dew") he never was considered one of the leading figures at the Yard like "The Big Four" (which included Frederick Carlin, Arthur Neil (the Detective on the "Brides in the Bath Case") and Frederick Wensley), or Elias Bower, who handled the "Moat Murder Case" in 1903. Just before the 1910 Crippen Affair, Dew had been one of the Detectives in the matter of the Duke of Portland - Thomas Druce case of the 1905-1908 period, where various members of the Druce family insisted Thomas Druce was actually the Duke of Portland (he wasn't). That was only resolved by digging up the late remains of Thomas Druce. His involvement in the Whitechapel Murders is really of interest due to his being a constable at the time, and seeing the area on a fairly continuous basis. In that sense his comments are of considerable interest.

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Putting all that aside for a minute.

I still say it's an interesting read and I recommended it, if you haven't read it.

Finally he would still have been an interesting chap to have a pint with down the pub!!!!
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Well I enjoyed it and it's one of only a few written that give an incite into what it was like for the police during this period. I don't believe it should be so easily dismissed.


I also found it interesting that he was more drawn not to WHO the Ripper was but HOW he operated with seemingly impunity. Especially on the night of the supposed event.


I was particularly interested in his opinion that Stride wasn't a Ripper victim and the Goulston graffiti was nothing to do with the Ripper. Opinion's that I share, but was unaware that someone directly involved had the same thoughts.
I agree that Dew's account is an interesting read, but I'm not sure he discounts Stride as a victim of the Ripper. He does express some doubt, but this seems to be more because of Packer's evidence than any dissimilarity with the other killings.
For those who haven't read it, the section of Dew's memoirs about the hunt for Jack can be read here;

http://www.casebook.org/ripper_media/rps.walterdew.html
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