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  • #76
    Originally posted by Scott Nelson View Post
    Hey! You guys would make a good team.
    I missed that one actually, lol.
    Bona fide canonical and then some.

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    • #77
      Jack wore a magic hat fitted with Aladdin's Lamp, which allowed him to see clearly in the dark without being visible to passers-by.

      QED.
      Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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      • #78
        So, was it the magic hat, or the Aladdins Lamp that made Jack invisible to passers-by?
        Regards, Jon S.

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        • #79
          Magicians never explain their tricks to an audience.
          Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Rob1n View Post
            Not necessarily, there were plenty of plain clothes Police around, and if he were a Policeman in plain clothes, he'd also have issue equipment, whistle, truncheon, lamp etc.
            No he wouldn’t.

            Monty




            Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

            http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Rob1n View Post
              Not necessarily, there were plenty of plain clothes Police around, and if he were a Policeman in plain clothes, he'd also have issue equipment, whistle, truncheon, lamp etc.
              A plain clothes officer would be a DC, not a PC.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by John G View Post
                A plain clothes officer would be a DC, not a PC.
                Well, I read somewhere that some PCs were in plain clothes, possibly caused by a shortage of DCs? Anyway, does it matter whether they were PC or DC?

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by Simon Wood View Post
                  Magicians never explain their tricks to an audience.
                  Ah, so is Jack the magician, or Simon?
                  Regards, Jon S.

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                  • #84
                    PC Jack O'Lantern
                    Bona fide canonical and then some.

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                    • #85
                      DCs were not issued with lamps.

                      Monty




                      Author of Capturing Jack the Ripper.

                      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1445621622

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                      • #86
                        You can also turn this question around. How did his victims see in the dark? Were they able to navigate freely or were they somehow reduced to taking baby steps with both hands outstretched so they wouldn't bump into something? If conditions were such that his victims could see then it stands to reason that so could Jack.

                        c.d.

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                        • #87
                          Brilliant observation, CD, and a point well made.
                          Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                          "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                          • #88
                            Thanks, Sam. Even the sun shines on a dog's ass some days.

                            c.d.

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                            • #89
                              To my mind, the difference might be that for the most part victims knew the streets and alleys in daylight, so can walk them at night without stumbling.

                              Whether this also applies to the killer will depend on whether he was a local or not.

                              Where I have reservations is the lamp theory. That the killer might have used one.
                              I can't imagine the killer having a free hand to hold the lamp while he strangles & mutilates a victim.
                              If he puts the lamp down on the ground while he opens the abdomen, the lamp will not cast light into the abdomen. It needs to be held above the body to cast light down.
                              He needs a third hand, and if he hangs it from his jacket (buttonhole?) he'll burn his face.
                              It's another non-starter theory in my view.
                              Last edited by Wickerman; 11-03-2018, 03:42 PM.
                              Regards, Jon S.

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by Monty View Post
                                DCs were not issued with lamps.

                                Monty
                                Nor, I would imagine, PCs in plain clothes? Not a lot of point in dressing in muffti and carrying a bullseye, I'd have thought.

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