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  • Originally posted by The Rookie Detective View Post

    All we can say with any certainty is...

    Nichols was murdered by JTR

    First, there are some on these board who are of the view that Jack the Ripper never existed, that the women were killed by several people, from Jacob Isenschmid to Michael Kidney to Hutchinson or Barnett. So, we can't say it's agreed that she was a victim of Jack the Ripper if we can't agree that there was a Jack the Ripper. But, I get your point. I agree that, if we view all the potential victims, canonical and non-canonical, then Nichols is likely - although certainty is a different metric - to have been a victim.

    Nichols was strangled in the first instance to stop her blood flow, before being mutilated
    Lechmere was EITHER the killer OR the last person to see Nichols BEFORE the real killer escaped


    I think that's generally agreed upon. Although, again, I'm not sure you'd get unanimity on that.


    The latter fact means that statistically at least, Lechmere is 50% likely to be JTR and 50% likely to be completely innocent.

    Nichols was seen alive at 230am and found dead at around 345am. We have no blood evidence. We have no firm time of death. Therefore, we don't know how long she lay on the pavement. And we don't know if others may have walked past her thinking her drunk... or even a tarpaulin.

    I don't agree that those types of values can be applied. There's simply so much that isn't known and, ultimately, cannot be known. Some I've listed here, but there are countless others as pertain only to Nichols.

    With regards to those statistics, it makes Lechmere more likely than any other suspect to be JTR.

    I don't completely discount Lechmere just as you cannot completely discount ANY "suspect" short of proving they were physically in another place at the time of the murders. Just as some don't believe in Jack, I don't really believe in "suspects". You'll find I use that word in quotations quite often. The only allowance I make is for the likes of Kosminsky, Druitt, Trumblety, Ostrog, Champman, perhaps. Poor candidates for Jack some may be, these men were considered suspects by at least one contemporary official investigating the crimes. Thus, I think it's fair to call them suspects. As, at one time or another, at a remove much closer to the events than ours, considered suspects by those with knowledge and authority to consider them as such.

    Not that i believe he was, but those are the statistics which are there for all to see.

    Do we agree that Lechmere if innocent was the LAST person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped?

    I think it's likely he was. I don't think we can know. We do know that no one came forward claiming they'd seen her earlier.


    Unless of course it was Paul who murdered Nichols and went EAST along Buck Rows BEFORE Lechmere arrived. Paul then may of heard Lechmere approaching and quickly hid in the shadows to allow Lechmere to pass him and then after a few minutee Paul then retraced his steps WEST to intercept the innocent Lechmere. If is was Paul then going back to the body would have been a perfect alibi as Lechmere would have testified he got the body first...

    Yes. But... let's not do that.

    BUT i don't believe ANY of that... just another random theory...

    regardless of theories, if Lechmere was innocent, then he WAS the last person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped.


    50 / 50


    You decide?



    The Rookie Detective
    An interesting perspective. My thoughts above bold.
    Last edited by Patrick S; 04-25-2019, 03:26 PM.

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    • Originally posted by The Rookie Detective View Post
      Do we agree that Lechmere if innocent was the LAST person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped?
      No. But he most likely was the first to see her after JTR escaped.

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      • Originally posted by The Rookie Detective View Post
        So with regards to my initial query at the very beginning of this thread; we can't be sure if there was time.

        We can't be sure of Nichol's actual TOD
        We can't be sure exactly of any of the police patrols with regards to routes and timings
        We can't be sure which injuries were inflicted first
        We can't be sure exactly what Lechmere/Cross said to Mizen i.e. whether he specified if there was a policeman already with the body
        We can't be sure of the accuracy of the coroners interpretation of the evidence
        We can't be sure how long it took for Nichols to bleed out
        We can't be sure exactly where Cross/Lechmere was standing when Paul saw him as their accounts differ
        We can't be sure which escape route the killer took of over 20 plus viable options
        we can't be sure the exact timings for any of the events for the sequence of events for the night in question
        We can't be sure of the reason why Lechmere gave the name he had used 2 decades previously to the inquest
        We can't be sure whether the killer was interrupted due to the abdominal wounds being seemingly covered
        We can't be sure whether Nichols was the first victim of JTR
        We can't be sure of what Nichols movements were between 2.30am - 3.45am
        We can't be sure of the accuracy of any of the police/ witness statements
        We can't be sure of the accuracy of the newspaper reports


        All we can say with any certainty is...

        Nichols was murdered by JTR
        Nichols was strangled in the first instance to stop her blood flow, before being mutilated
        Lechmere was EITHER the killer OR the last person to see Nichols BEFORE the real killer escaped

        The latter fact means that statistically at least, Lechmere is 50% likely to be JTR and 50% likely to be completely innocent.

        With regards to those statistics, it makes Lechmere more likely than any other suspect to be JTR.

        Not that i believe he was, but those are the statistics which are there for all to see.

        Do we agree that Lechmere if innocent was the LAST person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped?


        Unless of course it was Paul who murdered Nichols and went EAST along Buck Rows BEFORE Lechmere arrived. Paul then may of heard Lechmere approaching and quickly hid in the shadows to allow Lechmere to pass him and then after a few minutee Paul then retraced his steps WEST to intercept the innocent Lechmere. If is was Paul then going back to the body would have been a perfect alibi as Lechmere would have testified he got the body first...

        BUT i don't believe ANY of that... just another random theory...y

        regardless of theories, if Lechmere was innocent, then he WAS the last person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped.


        50 / 50


        You decide?



        The Rookie Detective
        From the reported injuries to her Neck, we can reasonably assume her heart would fail after approx 3.5 minutes.

        Sorry if not the killer, he is the first person to see Nichols AFTER the killer leaves.

        When he sees her, the killer has already gone.


        Steve
        Last edited by Elamarna; 04-25-2019, 03:28 PM.

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        • Originally posted by The Rookie Detective View Post
          So with regards to my initial query at the very beginning of this thread; we can't be sure if there was time.

          We can't be sure of Nichol's actual TOD
          We can't be sure exactly of any of the police patrols with regards to routes and timings
          We can't be sure which injuries were inflicted first
          We can't be sure exactly what Lechmere/Cross said to Mizen i.e. whether he specified if there was a policeman already with the body
          We can't be sure of the accuracy of the coroners interpretation of the evidence
          We can't be sure how long it took for Nichols to bleed out
          We can't be sure exactly where Cross/Lechmere was standing when Paul saw him as their accounts differ
          We can't be sure which escape route the killer took of over 20 plus viable options
          we can't be sure the exact timings for any of the events for the sequence of events for the night in question
          We can't be sure of the reason why Lechmere gave the name he had used 2 decades previously to the inquest
          We can't be sure whether the killer was interrupted due to the abdominal wounds being seemingly covered
          We can't be sure whether Nichols was the first victim of JTR
          We can't be sure of what Nichols movements were between 2.30am - 3.45am
          We can't be sure of the accuracy of any of the police/ witness statements
          We can't be sure of the accuracy of the newspaper reports


          All we can say with any certainty is...

          Nichols was murdered by JTR
          Nichols was strangled in the first instance to stop her blood flow, before being mutilated
          Lechmere was EITHER the killer OR the last person to see Nichols BEFORE the real killer escaped

          The latter fact means that statistically at least, Lechmere is 50% likely to be JTR and 50% likely to be completely innocent.

          With regards to those statistics, it makes Lechmere more likely than any other suspect to be JTR.

          Not that i believe he was, but those are the statistics which are there for all to see.

          Do we agree that Lechmere if innocent was the LAST person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped?


          Unless of course it was Paul who murdered Nichols and went EAST along Buck Rows BEFORE Lechmere arrived. Paul then may of heard Lechmere approaching and quickly hid in the shadows to allow Lechmere to pass him and then after a few minutee Paul then retraced his steps WEST to intercept the innocent Lechmere. If is was Paul then going back to the body would have been a perfect alibi as Lechmere would have testified he got the body first...

          BUT i don't believe ANY of that... just another random theory...

          regardless of theories, if Lechmere was innocent, then he WAS the last person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped.


          50 / 50


          You decide?



          The Rookie Detective
          hi RD
          very interesting view. and yes if lech wasn't the ripper, he was the last (or latest-most recent) to see her after the ripper fled.

          regarding the stats. on the face of it, as you state it is 50/50. however, either or events have to be weighted. either the sun will come up tomorrow, or it wont would not be 50/50 lol. drastic example, but you see my point. my father in law got into this discussion when trying to come up with a point system for scoring picking the correct winners in a sports tournament. two teams play and there is an either or scenario on who wins. but one team is much better and heavily favored so it cant really be 50/50.


          that being said, one of the reasons I consider Lech a very valid suspect, is that, along with his red flags (using a different name, discrepancy in stories with mizen, missing time, seen hovering near a victim before raising alarm) you would have to blame an unsub, whom lech scared off, when there is no evidence of it, and Lech very well had the opportunity to kill her. and I don't go much for phantom rippers.

          I wont put a number on the chances of lech being the ripper-but if you included him in the handful of men I think could have been the ripper-hutch, blotchy, Kelly, chapman, koz and bury, I would think you have a slightly better than 50/50 chance of the ripper being in that group.

          but individually I think they are all pretty weak suspects.
          "Is all that we see or seem
          but a dream within a dream?"

          -Edgar Allan Poe


          "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
          quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

          -Frederick G. Abberline

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          • Originally posted by The Rookie Detective View Post
            So with regards to my initial query at the very beginning of this thread; we can't be sure if there was time.

            We can't be sure of Nichol's actual TOD
            We can't be sure exactly of any of the police patrols with regards to routes and timings
            We can't be sure which injuries were inflicted first
            We can't be sure exactly what Lechmere/Cross said to Mizen i.e. whether he specified if there was a policeman already with the body
            We can't be sure of the accuracy of the coroners interpretation of the evidence
            We can't be sure how long it took for Nichols to bleed out
            We can't be sure exactly where Cross/Lechmere was standing when Paul saw him as their accounts differ
            We can't be sure which escape route the killer took of over 20 plus viable options
            we can't be sure the exact timings for any of the events for the sequence of events for the night in question
            We can't be sure of the reason why Lechmere gave the name he had used 2 decades previously to the inquest
            We can't be sure whether the killer was interrupted due to the abdominal wounds being seemingly covered
            We can't be sure whether Nichols was the first victim of JTR
            We can't be sure of what Nichols movements were between 2.30am - 3.45am
            We can't be sure of the accuracy of any of the police/ witness statements
            We can't be sure of the accuracy of the newspaper reports


            All we can say with any certainty is...

            Nichols was murdered by JTR
            Nichols was strangled in the first instance to stop her blood flow, before being mutilated
            Lechmere was EITHER the killer OR the last person to see Nichols BEFORE the real killer escaped

            The latter fact means that statistically at least, Lechmere is 50% likely to be JTR and 50% likely to be completely innocent.

            With regards to those statistics, it makes Lechmere more likely than any other suspect to be JTR.

            Not that i believe he was, but those are the statistics which are there for all to see.

            Do we agree that Lechmere if innocent was the LAST person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped?


            Unless of course it was Paul who murdered Nichols and went EAST along Buck Rows BEFORE Lechmere arrived. Paul then may of heard Lechmere approaching and quickly hid in the shadows to allow Lechmere to pass him and then after a few minutee Paul then retraced his steps WEST to intercept the innocent Lechmere. If is was Paul then going back to the body would have been a perfect alibi as Lechmere would have testified he got the body first...

            BUT i don't believe ANY of that... just another random theory...

            regardless of theories, if Lechmere was innocent, then he WAS the last person to see Nichols BEFORE JTR escaped.


            50 / 50


            You decide?



            The Rookie Detective
            Being the person to discover the body always makes someone a person of interest, so Cross/Lechmere is certainly worth investigating and considering. That's more or less what is going on here, as people mull over all the possibilities. Given the scant evidence we have, and the inability to obtain evidence what would help answer some of the questions that arise, generally means no firm solution that satisfies everyone will arise.

            But, I would caution against the suggestion it's 50/50. Let's stick with the C5, recognizing that we're already on disputed grounds. But there were 5 victims, each found by a different individual. On the basis of calling Cross/Lechmere "either yes or no" simply because he found the body, applies to all the other people as well. So we're already at him just being 1 of 5, or 20%. Add to that, what's the percentage of times that a body is found by someone other than the killer? Either it is or isn't? is that 50%? Even if it is, that now drops Cross/Lechmere to 10% odds. I don't actually know the statistics, but I rather suspect bodies tend to be found by people other than the killer far more often than not, driving that percentage down even further. Add in those who were last known to see victims alive (also good POIs), like Hutchinson, etc, will further drive down the probability too. Add in Tabram, and we have more people finding a body, and more who are the last person who saw her alive, and so forth. Somewhere, of course, we need to work in the probability that JtR is not one of our listed POIs, and smaller and smaller that 50% goes.

            Basically, that sort of probability estimation will result in a minuscule probability, because it's the "chance" probability of picking him at random and being right. It is through the evaluation of the evidence we have that we try and estimate a likelihood that he is, in fact, not at some chance level, but rather that he's better than randomly selecting an individual. Once one has evidence, though, that starts to implicate someone, and does so in a way that becomes hard to explain if they are innocent (i.e. finding someone's DNA at a crime scene when they have no valid innocent reason for being there), then the probability of that person being responsible quickly starts to rise well above chance.

            In my opinion, there's nothing compelling against Cross/Lechmere. Everything we know is fully and completely in line with him being completely innocent. Because we know so little, it can be viewed and presented in ways that paint him as guilty, but those explanations seem, to me, to be more strained and convoluted explanations. Obviously, to some, they do not appear that way, and from such differences of opinions are born.

            - Jeff

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            • >>There are those who have claimed that Lechmere was 150 yards ...<<

              Who are "those"?

              >>And of course, this all translates to the simple fact that the killer could not bank on having any clear escape route where he would not run into a PC.<<

              According to your theory the killer did run into a policeman and got away with it, so your argument is destroyed by your own theory. You really do need to stop and think things through before you type.

              >>I am acquainted with darkness in its most extreme form, believe me.<<

              Which means your just saying silly things for the sake of arguing.
              dustymiller
              aka drstrange

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              • >>AND you wrote that you could see no controlling exhibited in what Lechmere said and did. it seems you have now effectively retracted that rather senseless suggestion, so we are in agreement.<<

                This lack of thought before typing is really beginning to let you down.

                It is expected that an innocent man would flag down a passerby. It is expected that an innocent man would inform a policeman. Ergo, nobody can tell whether someone is trying to exert control by doing those actions.

                Which is why Patrick and I were talking about the lack of control Cross exerted over Paul when it came to examining Mrs Nichols and the lack of sense of invulnerability he demonstrated by trying to get past Mizen rather than involving himself in the investigation.

                Once again you are defeated by your own argument (see post 389 to Herlock as a prime example).
                dustymiller
                aka drstrange

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                • >>It is not Llewellyn who says that he "seems" to incline that the abdominal wounds came first.<<

                  Can you point me to a post where anybody said it was? Yet again you invent an argument to distract from what was actually written.

                  Please keep your posts more accurate and on topic.


                  >>So we have no indication t all of any hesitation on Llewellyns behalf,...<<

                  Neither do we have any indication of what he really thought. Which, of course is the point you are trying to obscure.


                  dustymiller
                  aka drstrange

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                  • >>Which of the points I make do you think are wrong? That Paul said 3.45 exactly to the paper?<<

                    Correct!

                    The newspaper interview that exonerated Xmere, by saying the body was so cold it had been lying there from before Xmere says he left home.
                    The newspaper interview that said Paul did all the talking to Mizen. Good research skills you've got there Christer.

                    Once more you defeat yourself by your own story. But, of course, your theory isn't based on facts, evidence or logic like the rest of us use, it's based on cherry-picking a sentence here and a sentence there, loading it up with biased opinion and going on TV and misrepresenting the evidence.


                    >>That he bolstered it at the inquest by saying that hen left home close in time to 3.45?<<

                    The old, "Road to Damascus" theory again? Paul didn't know the time when he left home, but had a revelation in Buck's Row.
                    Well, you ran away last time this came up, so how about manning up this time and going back to the Mizen thread and answering the questions you promised faithfully to answer about all this there?

                    >>Debunked indeed! <<

                    No doubt about it.
                    dustymiller
                    aka drstrange

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                    • >>To anybody who has asked about it. If you are making the point that I don't spend my days telling everybody that there were errors in the docu, then you are correct. <<

                      Thank you.


                      >>You, on the other hand, start every conversation by saying that you got the doors wrong in Broad Street,...<<

                      Do I? thanks for telling me that I didn't know.

                      Since I got the doors right and have found even more in the meantime, I'm not sure why I would "start every conversation" with that. In fact I distinctly recall challenging you about them and you doing your run away act again.


                      >> ... that you had Lechmere in the wrong spot by a country mile in Bucks Row, I take it?<<

                      "I" didn't have Lechmere anywhere, I simply cited the newspaper reports that quoted him claiming to be at the "Wool Warehouse" gates, how was that the wrong spot, in anybody's world? You know about newspaper articles don't you Christer? The things you regard as gospel when they say something you like.





                      dustymiller
                      aka drstrange

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                      • >>There are facts that support that Mizen spoke of the earlier occasion. End of story.<<

                        In which case, there are "facts" that support Mizen spoke of a the later occasion. Since there is no definitive answer, we only have opinions on which is right.
                        dustymiller
                        aka drstrange

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                        • >>Or he thought that no clever person would take the risk to run into the arms of a PC.<<

                          Like Lechmere did?

                          Oh dear!
                          dustymiller
                          aka drstrange

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                          • >>And how was the killer to know that the alarm would not be raised, Steve?<<

                            Err ... might bit be because anyone raising an alarm would have to be behind him not in front of him? Or perhaps you think they sent a text out?
                            dustymiller
                            aka drstrange

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                            • >>No-one says it. But someone SAID it, which was what I pointed to.<<

                              Who needs verification when you can just say things.
                              dustymiller
                              aka drstrange

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                              • >>All we can say with any certainty is... Nichols was murdered by JTR
                                Nichols was strangled in the first instance to stop her blood flow, before being mutilated<<


                                Sadly, there is not even certainty over that. There are some that argue there was no Jack the ripper. That the name was created by a journalist and that some of the murders were by different hands.


                                >>Lechmere was EITHER the killer OR the last person to see Nichols BEFORE the real killer escaped <<

                                Depending on the t.o.d. this seems likely, but if you believe the Lloyds newspaper article that Fisherman holds so much store in, Mrs Nichols was dead before Lechmere says he left home.


                                >>The latter fact means that statistically at least, Lechmere is 50% likely to be JTR and 50% likely to be completely innocent.

                                With regards to those statistics, it makes Lechmere more likely than any other suspect to be JTR.<<


                                The statistics are a bit more complicated than that. For a start Lechmere would be no more likely to be the murderer than any other discoverer of the other women's bodies, not to mention people like Israel Schwartz.


                                dustymiller
                                aka drstrange

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