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Smith's gang story seems a little suspect but, even if it's true, other serial killers have committed their first murder as part of a gang then gone on to kill solo so I don't understand the issue people have with that possibility.
This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
I would vote towards the idea that Emma Smith was attacked by a gang of men. From what I have read about this crime there isn't any evidence pointing to the fact that this is the Ripper other than the fact that she is a prostitute, and it occurred three months before the Nichols murder. There was not even a sharp object involved in the assault. While there is the possibility that the ripper was in the group of men, there is still little to no evidence to support this theory.
Yep, there is. I thought it was interesting and kind of neat that your first post here was on an Emma Smith. We never see that.
Well I have been going through the Ripper facts before attempting to find a suspect, so I may easily build up my opinion on many of the mysteries of the case. The first mystery I'm analyzing is how many murders the Ripper committed, so I've been reading up on each victim in order to find the answer.
The Old Nicholl probably.
But, I have been reading about 19th century abortion and pretty gruesome stuff it is too.
Maybe,just maybe, it was an attempt at self induced abortion or botched by somebody else.
Perhaps the Doctors experience may have been that the type of injury sustained by Emma was not uncommon amongst women who had attempted abortion, could it explain his diffidence?
No witnesses, no arrests, only Emma's testimony to go on.although she did indicate one of her attackers was young,around 19 I think which would be more supportive of her story.
I'm 95% on the gang rape,but after reading about the kinds of things women were sticking up themselves there is a small 5% doubt.
All the best.