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Thanks fish and bingo.
I think some people here get too caught up in taking the other side of anything deemed somewhat controversial that points to the killer.Regardless of the evidence.
Abby, you questioned how easy it would be for hoaxers to obtain a human kidney. My response is that they needn't have to, because of the anatomical similarities between a human & pig kidney and the limitations in medical science at the time. Yes, the examining doctors opined that the half-kidney belonged to a human, but they could not know that for a fact, let alone identify its owner's gender.

Either way, it doesn't prove anything about the authenticity of the 'From Hell' letter.
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Abby, you questioned how easy it would be for hoaxers to obtain a human kidney. My response is that they needn't have to, because of the anatomical similarities between a human & pig kidney and the limitations in medical science at the time. Yes, the examining doctors opined that the half-kidney belonged to a human, but they could not know that for a fact, let alone identify its owner's gender.

Either way, it doesn't prove anything about the authenticity of the 'From Hell' letter.
hi Harry
the examining doctor said it was human. Ill go with that. and yes it does add authenticity to the letter, obviously.

If he had concluded it wasn't human, then I would say the letter was probably a hoax.
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the examining doctor said it was human. Ill go with that. and yes it does add authenticity to the letter, obviously.

If he had concluded it wasn't human, then I would say the letter was probably a hoax.
And if it was human, does that mean it was genuine?
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Abby, you questioned how easy it would be for hoaxers to obtain a human kidney. My response is that they needn't have to, because of the anatomical similarities between a human & pig kidney and the limitations in medical science at the time. Yes, the examining doctors opined that the half-kidney belonged to a human, but they could not know that for a fact, let alone identify its owner's gender.

Either way, it doesn't prove anything about the authenticity of the 'From Hell' letter.
Actually, those who examined the kidney COULD and WOULD know for a fact that it was human. It was morphologically establishable, and not only that - it was EASILY establishable too, as per the article written by experts in the field I posted formerly.
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And if it was human, does that mean it was genuine?
Why do you ask?
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And if it was human, does that mean it was genuine?
not neccesarily of course
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Actually, those who examined the kidney COULD and WOULD know for a fact that it was human. It was morphologically establishable, and not only that - it was EASILY establishable too, as per the article written by experts in the field I posted formerly.
I agree. My recollection is that the length of renal artery attached to the kidney was consistent with the length missing from the body, thus suggesting (though not proving) that it was what remained of the Eddowes kidney. I don't see any reason to conclude that it was anything other than a human kidney, even if not hers.
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