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  • Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
    Wilkinson tells us they 'passed as man and wife'. Passed, not lived, which suggests to me they they may well have presented themselves as Mr and Mrs Kelly in a situation where it was unlikely that anyone would contradict them - when they were hopping for instance. That is certainly speculation, but is hardly 'wild'. It's what unmarried cohabiting couples often did at the time.

    It seems Kate may well have pretended to be Conway's wife. And why would that have been? An attempt to cling to a shred of respectability I'd imagine. The same reason she might have for passing herself off as Mrs Kelly.

    I'm not sure if you've seen the list of names used by/attributed to Alice McKenzie:

    Anderson
    Baxter
    Bryant
    Kell
    Kelly
    Kelley
    Kinsey
    Mackenzie
    McCormack
    McKensey
    McKenzie
    M'Kenzie
    Murrell
    Pits
    Pitts
    Riley
    Taylor

    I've cheated by adding McCormack because I've never seen that name used for her in print, but I'm pretty sure that there will have been people who knew her only as Alice, the 'wife' of John McCormack.
    This may also be of interest. It's from the habitual criminals register (can't remember the date off the top of my head) and it shows how common the use of the name 'Kelly' was as an alias:


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    • Has anybody mentioned Kitty Ronan? https://www.casebook.org/dissertations/rip-kit.html

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      • Originally posted by John G View Post
        Has anybody mentioned Kitty Ronan? https://www.casebook.org/dissertations/rip-kit.html
        Very interesting. If JtR he did away with his blade long ago then and dropped his new one.
        Bona fide canonical and then some.

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        • So what is the current explanation for this?

          Yarmouth letter giving a Dorset Street address for Jack as 14 Dorset St., before Mary Kelly was murdered, published on 2nd November 1888. https://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?t=15280

          I mentioned this in the OP.
          Bona fide canonical and then some.

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          • Does anyone know anything about Thomas Kelly born 1856 Spitalfields who was living with his wife Ann born 1852 in Ireland in 13 Millers Court in 1891?
            Pat.....

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            • Originally posted by Batman View Post
              Yarmouth letter giving a Dorset Street address for Jack as 14 Dorset St., before Mary Kelly was murdered, published on 2nd November 1888. https://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?t=15280

              I mentioned this in the OP.

              You no doubt know this, but the Morning Post of 10 November lists Caroline Maxwell at No. 14 Dorset. This letter is one of the many oddities of which this case is replete.

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              • i have always found the letter from Yarmouth giving 14, Dorset street as very interesting,
                An amazing coincidence. or was it?
                Interesting that in the 1891 census we have a young person called Smith originating from Yarmouth,living at that address ,
                Regards Richard.

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                • One of four unemployed ladies aged 17,21,22 and 35 sharing a room diagonally across the road from Miller's Court.
                  My name is Dave. You cannot reach me through Debs email account

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