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    This is a letter I have a facsimile of in my 'Casebook' book which has many facsimiles of newspapers, police correspondences &c. There are a few things that confuse me about it:

    The date 10/10? Why bother writing this is you've already written 'Oct? It should have read Oct /88 or something?

    I'm not convinced it's real but another thing that makes no sense to me is that he's written, (from memory) 'This is my photo of Jack the Ripper' and a drawing, and at the other side of the drawing '10 more and up goes the sponge...' what does this even mean?

    Any other thoughts on this writ?
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    Originally posted by Tani View Post
    This is a letter I have a facsimile of in my 'Casebook' book which has many facsimiles of newspapers, police correspondences &c. There are a few things that confuse me about it:

    The date 10/10? Why bother writing this is you've already written 'Oct? It should have read Oct /88 or something?

    I'm not convinced it's real but another thing that makes no sense to me is that he's written, (from memory) 'This is my photo of Jack the Ripper' and a drawing, and at the other side of the drawing '10 more and up goes the sponge...' what does this even mean?

    Any other thoughts on this writ?
    Hi Tani! I was just wondering if you are referring to Pat Corwell's 'Portrait of a Killer' book as your casebook? I've found the "10 more and up goes the sponge" letter in her book but I didn't notice the 10/10 letter you were also referring to.
    Also, the "Up goes the Sponge" is an old phrase thats since gone out of use but it means "Thats it" or "It's over". We use the expression "Throwing in the towel" now-a-days, which means basically the same thing. Thanks to Paul Kearney and Deb Arif on JTR Forums for finding this out.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RedBundy13 View Post

      Hi Tani! I was just wondering if you are referring to Pat Corwell's 'Portrait of a Killer' book as your casebook? I've found the "10 more and up goes the sponge" letter in her book but I didn't notice the 10/10 letter you were also referring to.
      Also, the "Up goes the Sponge" is an old phrase thats since gone out of use but it means "Thats it" or "It's over". We use the expression "Throwing in the towel" now-a-days, which means basically the same thing. Thanks to Paul Kearney and Deb Arif on JTR Forums for finding this out.
      It's a book by Richard Jones and contains many facsimiles. One is of a letter dated Oct 10/10 and contains this phrase as well as a drawing. It speaks about the author (saying he's JtR) having been in a pub and 'What fun to think the police were waiting for me'. I just found the date odd and wondered also about the contents.

      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Ripper.../dp/023300257X
      Last edited by Tani; 02-27-2019, 03:32 PM.
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        Last edited by Tani; 02-27-2019, 03:35 PM.
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        • #5
          These are two different letters, I think. Both feature in Letters from Hell.
          The Oct 10/10/88 letter had a clipping from a newspaper pasted at the top, saying HAVE YOU SEEN THE "DEVIL".
          The "photo" of Jack is from a letter dated 12 November, and as Red says, the phrase "up goes the sponge" is an early version of "throw in the towel". Both stem from boxing and mean to quit.
          Interestingly, I believe there was a prize fighter known as George "Sugar" Hutchinson. Witness George Hutchinson went to the police on 12 Nov. Coincidence?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Joshua Rogan View Post
            These are two different letters, I think. Both feature in Letters from Hell.
            The Oct 10/10/88 letter had a clipping from a newspaper pasted at the top, saying HAVE YOU SEEN THE "DEVIL".
            The "photo" of Jack is from a letter dated 12 November, and as Red says, the phrase "up goes the sponge" is an early version of "throw in the towel". Both stem from boxing and mean to quit.
            Interestingly, I believe there was a prize fighter known as George "Sugar" Hutchinson. Witness George Hutchinson went to the police on 12 Nov. Coincidence?
            This is clearly all one postcard though. I would find it odd for them to have printed it this way with two together and considering these are all facsimiles all the letters are separate. The handwriting isn't precisely the same but neither is mine at times!
            Last edited by Tani; 02-27-2019, 03:59 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tani View Post

              This is clearly all one postcard though. I would find it odd for them to have printed it this way with two together and considering these are all facsimiles all the letters are separate. The handwriting isn't precisely the same but neither is mine at times!
              Hey, you're right! Bang goes my Hutchinson the boxer theory.
              ​​​​They do look like photos of one actual letter. These are listed as separate letters with different dates in my book, is this a mistake in Letters from Hell?
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              Also, I was referring to another letter marked Oct 10/10, so either this was a common way of writing the date, a common error (I've probably written something similar myself) or the same writer.

              PS didn't see your post until I'd posted mine.
              Last edited by Joshua Rogan; 02-27-2019, 04:10 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Joshua Rogan View Post

                Hey, you're right! Bang goes my Hutchinson the boxer theory.
                ​​​​They do look like photos of one actual letter. These are listed as separate letters with different dates in my book, is this a mistake in Letters from Hell?
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                Also, I was referring to another letter marked Oct 10/10, so either this was a common way of writing the date, a common error (I've probably written something similar myself) or the same writer.
                I do not know if it is a mistake or if this facsimile is a mongrel, but I have two and both are the same. I have not seen the other letter you refer to. Photos?
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