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  • Tom_Wescott
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    The word we're reading as 'officers' and offices' might in fact be 'officials'. Notice the second 'i' and the 'extra' letter.

    Yours truly,

    Tom Wescott

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  • Tom_Wescott
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    To me it looks like either 'Lead' or 'Head', but that's an excellent suggestion, Mitch. And a great point, Sam. Perhaps he just wanted to qualify that this information was known only to a small group of people, none of whom were apparently Anderson's critics.

    An alternative suggestion is not that the identity of the man was known to the head offices of CID, but that the man was PERSONALLY known. Allegedly, Bulling had the fullest confidences of Monro, so he was likely personally known to quite a few ranking officials.

    Yours truly,

    Tom Wescott

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  • Mitch Rowe
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    Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
    "...head officers of CID" I think. Does anyone find it odd that the word "head" is underlined - twice?
    Unless the word is read. Maybe read something of CID???

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  • Sam Flynn
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    "...head officers of CID" I think. Does anyone find it odd that the word "head" is underlined - twice?

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  • Robert
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    Funny the idiosyncracies of people. I'm a bit of a compulsive note-taker (as Swanson seems to have been) and if I'd spent my life having to write "Scotland yard" I would have abbreviated it to "SY" by the time I'd retired.

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  • Mitch Rowe
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    Originally posted by Tom_Wescott View Post
    Yes, it seems to me to say 'known to head officers of C.I.D.'.

    It's frustrating that he doesn't name the fellow. It's as though he's merely reiterating what he read Anderson say. Makes me wonder if he (Swanson) even knew the identity of the suspected author.

    I'm no more convinced that Tom Bulling wrote the Dear Boss letter than I am convinced Kosminski was the Ripper.

    Yours truly,

    Tom Wescott
    Our paths crossed. I think we are reading it correctly?

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  • Mitch Rowe
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    Known to Scotland Yard. Head offices of CID?

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  • Tom_Wescott
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    Yes, it seems to me to say 'known to head officers of C.I.D.'.

    It's frustrating that he doesn't name the fellow. It's as though he's merely reiterating what he read Anderson say. Makes me wonder if he (Swanson) even knew the identity of the suspected author.

    I'm no more convinced that Tom Bulling wrote the Dear Boss letter than I am convinced Kosminski was the Ripper.

    Yours truly,

    Tom Wescott

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  • Simon Wood
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    Hi All,

    Stewart's post seems to add, "known to Scotland Yard head office[rs] [of/and?] CID".

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    Simon
    Last edited by Simon Wood; 03-10-2009, 10:39 PM.

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  • Stewart P Evans
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    Better

    I think that this is a better version -

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  • Stewart P Evans
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    Faint

    Originally posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi Stewart
    Rather than post this on the Marginalia threads, do I gather that further up the page in the shot of the Marginalia that you posted, Swanson noted that the identity of the Dear Boss letter writer was known to the top police officials at Scotland Yard? Perhaps you could post that bit of marginalia in full if you would.
    Thanks
    Chris
    Chris, here's the part you refer to, but again you can see how faint it is. You might like to download the image and play with it.

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  • ChrisGeorge
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    Swanson Said Dear Boss Letter Writer Was Known?

    Hi Stewart

    Rather than post this on the Marginalia threads, do I gather that further up the page in the shot of the Marginalia that you posted, Swanson noted that the identity of the Dear Boss letter writer was known to the top police officials at Scotland Yard? Perhaps you could post that bit of marginalia in full if you would.

    Thanks

    Chris
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