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  • #31
    Just one more thing Mr B we had a wind up merchant, before the crash I believe, Tom Pepper never had a look in. If memory serves me well I'm sure he had in his possession a blood stained knife that was apparently found in a wall. I wonder if it's the same individual.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

      I have to ask Gary. Have you revealed the photo and possession yet?
      I have. Over on JTRForums.

      It’s a photo of Dr Timothy Killeen and one of a book of testimonials he had produced in 1888 in Co. Clare, presumably before he came over to work in Dr Septimus Swyer’s practice in Brick Lane. It has splashes of what look like blood on the cover.

      Whether he took this particular document to Spitalfields, and when in the past 132 years the blood splashes got on it (assuming it is blood and not claret), I don’t know. But as an example of interesting material that may still be out there in the hands of people who may read HR’s misrepresentation of Ripperologists I thought it worth mentioning on this thread.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

        I have. Over on JTRForums.

        It’s a photo of Dr Timothy Killeen and one of a book of testimonials he had produced in 1888 in Co. Clare, presumably before he came over to work in Dr Septimus Swyer’s practice in Brick Lane. It has splashes of what look like blood on the cover.

        Whether he took this particular document to Spitalfields, and when in the past 132 years the blood splashes got on it (assuming it is blood and not claret), I don’t know. But as an example of interesting material that may still be out there in the hands of people who may read HR’s misrepresentation of Ripperologists I thought it worth mentioning on this thread.
        Sorry Mr B obviously not the person I noted above.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Observer View Post
          Just one more thing Mr B we had a wind up merchant, before the crash I believe, Tom Pepper never had a look in. If memory serves me well I'm sure he had in his possession a blood stained knife that was apparently found in a wall. I wonder if it's the same individual.
          As I mentioned in another post, it was a book of testimonials that newly-qualified Dr Timothy Killeen had produced in 1888 in Ennis, Co. Clare. It seems he was only in London during 1888 before returning to Clare and spending the rest of his career there.

          The Killeen family still live in the same townland - the same farmhouse - in rural Clare where Dr Tim was born and grew up. It was a member of the the Killeen family who generously provided the photos and other information. The family member in question was very clear that their name should not be mentioned when using the photos.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

            But as an example of interesting material that may still be out there in the hands of people who may read HR’s misrepresentation of Ripperologists I thought it worth mentioning on this thread.
            Again, I don't believe Rubenhold's misinterpretation of those interested in the Whitechapel murders, will hold back the public should they have any interesting material in connection with the Whitechapel murders. As I said, that's even if they've heard of the woman. Genuine original material is that rare though isn't it? That's why I asked what your interpretation of "original research" was. What conclusions have you drawn from said book? It's mildly interesting I'd say.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Observer View Post

              Sorry Mr B obviously not the person I noted above.
              Our posts crossed.

              I hadn’t heard of Tom Pepper. Sounds like a chancer.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Observer View Post

                Again, I don't believe Rubenhold's misinterpretation of those interested in the Whitechapel murders, will hold back the public should they have any interesting material in connection with the Whitechapel murders. As I said, that's even if they've heard of the woman. Genuine original material is that rare though isn't it? That's why I asked what your interpretation of "original research" was. What conclusions have you drawn from said book? It's mildly interesting I'd say.
                I have no interest in solving the Ripper case. My focus at the time was researching Dr Killeen.

                By ‘original research’ I meant research that involves contact with people outside of the Ripper bubble. Some people are fascinated when the Ripper is mentioned, others become suspicious. That’s my experience and the experience of others I’ve spoken to.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

                  I have. Over on JTRForums.

                  It’s a photo of Dr Timothy Killeen and one of a book of testimonials he had produced in 1888 in Co. Clare, presumably before he came over to work in Dr Septimus Swyer’s practice in Brick Lane. It has splashes of what look like blood on the cover.

                  Whether he took this particular document to Spitalfields, and when in the past 132 years the blood splashes got on it (assuming it is blood and not claret), I don’t know. But as an example of interesting material that may still be out there in the hands of people who may read HR’s misrepresentation of Ripperologists I thought it worth mentioning on this thread.
                  Just had a look. Interesting stuff Gary I also ordered Mark Ripper’s book at the same time that you did. As you say, it’s a good little book but Killeen has got next to nothing going for him as a suspect.
                  Regards

                  Herlock




                  “...A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
                  As night descends upon this fabled street:
                  A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
                  The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
                  Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
                  And it is always eighteen ninety-five.”

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

                    Just had a look. Interesting stuff Gary I also ordered Mark Ripper’s book at the same time that you did. As you say, it’s a good little book but Killeen has got next to nothing going for him as a suspect.
                    The Killeen family member I spoke to said they would dig out an old photo of Clonfeigh, the house owned by the Killeens from the time of the famine until today. It is much altered, but it had been a single-storied thatched farmhouse back in the day. I haven’t heard from them (I’m even keeping their gender quiet) for a couple of months. They clearly didn’t feel totally comfortable releasing the photos for online (and print) publication or they would have said I could credit them personally for doing so. They made it very clear that I shouldn’t do so.

                    Yes, Mark’s book is very good, but the Killeen theory isn’t very convincing.

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                    • #40
                      I tried replying to one of Observers posts above and deleted it by mistake. My sincere apologies. I’ll see if I can retrieve it when I’m not on a phone.

                      JM

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Observer View Post
                        Just one more thing Mr B we had a wind up merchant, before the crash I believe, Tom Pepper never had a look in. If memory serves me well I'm sure he had in his possession a blood stained knife that was apparently found in a wall. I wonder if it's the same individual.
                        Actually, I think do remember him. It was found in a garage in Bethnal Green or somewhere in the East End?

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                        • #42
                          What I was trying to say in reply to Observer when he asked had anyone clammed up when they mentioned the Ripper is-
                          Tower Hamlets Local History Library declined my request to record and release Julian Woodford’s talk on the Boss of Bethnal Green solely because the word ‘Ripper’ appears in the name of my podcast.
                          I found that pretty odd.

                          JM

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by jmenges View Post
                            What I was trying to say in reply to Observer when he asked had anyone clammed up when they mentioned the Ripper is-
                            Tower Hamlets Local History Library declined my request to record and release Julian Woodford’s talk on the Boss of Bethnal Green solely because the word ‘Ripper’ appears in the name of my podcast.
                            I found that pretty odd.

                            JM
                            I’ve had a few similar experiences. On one occasion I enquired informally at the LMA whether I could post a photo and asylum case notes of Biddy the Chiver online and I was given the impression that it would be ok but I was told I’d have to fill out a form specifying where I wanted to post it and for what purpose. I’d seen almost identical records being used in a book and the LMA being credited, so I thought it was just a formality.

                            I filled out the form saying I wanted to post it on JTRForums and was surprised to receive an email almost immediately saying they weren’t in a position to grant permission because they didn’t actually own the record.

                            After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the LMA and the NHS, I was essentially told they neither of them would refuse permission and I took that as being given it.

                            I have other examples of contacts I’ve made on Ancestry and elsewhere where the line went dead as soon as I mentioned the Ripper.

                            On the face of it it’s a weird hobby we have. It’s little wonder that ‘normal’ people look askance at us.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

                              I have no interest in solving the Ripper case. My focus at the time was researching Dr Killeen.

                              By ‘original research’ I meant research that involves contact with people outside of the Ripper bubble. Some people are fascinated when the Ripper is mentioned, others become suspicious. That’s my experience and the experience of others I’ve spoken to.
                              Really? A "Ripperologist" who's not interested in solving the case. That's novel. That's where we differ Each to his own though. I'm finding it hard to envisage how anyone would be suspicious at the mention of Jack The Ripper.

                              With regard to original research, I was thinking somewhere along the lines of that article which revealed the Kosminski court appearance for walking a dog without a lead, rather than the name of the dog which belonged to the woman who lived three doors down from Kate Eddowes when she was a ten year old lass. I made the latter up of course, but I hope you get the drift. There's research, and there's reasearch which makes a difference, if you know what I mean.

                              Anyhow each to his own

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

                                Actually, I think do remember him. It was found in a garage in Bethnal Green or somewhere in the East End?
                                Yes that's the fella.

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