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  • Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
    In Buckley we have a local man, probably working as ‘muscle’ for John McCarthy, who on one occasion we know of allegedly used a knife on an outsider who had dealings with a local prostitute.

    The reality may be more complicated, but at first glance what we have here is Buckley in his role as the unofficial ‘law’ in Dorset Street protecting one of his employer’s assets (tenant? more?).

    From that to being the Ripper and carving up MJK on his employer’s property is a huge jump. Violent thugs would have been a penny in the East End at the time, but stabbing a man perceived as being a threat to your employer’s interests is a world away from murdering and mutilating a series of women.

    My reason for mentioning Billy Maher is that a case can be made for the attack on Mary Austin being for him ‘just another day at the office’.

    Hi gary
    yup-I think you've pretty much analyzed it correctly IMHO. I would add that serial killers (especially women killing post mortem typrs)tend to be cowards when it comes to confronting a man.

    Very interesting find though.
    "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 MrBarnett View Post
      In Buckley we have a local man, probably working as ‘muscle’ for John McCarthy, who on one occasion we know of allegedly used a knife on an outsider who had dealings with a local prostitute.

      The reality may be more complicated, but at first glance what we have here is Buckley in his role as the unofficial ‘law’ in Dorset Street protecting one of his employer’s assets (tenant? more?).

      From that to being the Ripper and carving up MJK on his employer’s property is a huge jump. Violent thugs would have been a penny in the East End at the time, but stabbing a man perceived as being a threat to your employer’s interests is a world away from murdering and mutilating a series of women.

      My reason for mentioning Billy Maher is that a case can be made for the attack on Mary Austin being for him ‘just another day at the office’.
      Yet some of these points remain distinctly troubling. As you say Buckley may have been acting as the unofficial law in Dorset Street in December 1888, yet he is completely absent from the historical record for November 1888. If McCarthy was in the habit of hiring hard men to protect his business and assets (and there's some evidence of Billy Maher being the unofficial law in Dorset Street at times, too), how did they so singularly fail to protect MJK?

      Another troubling point, which I've alluded to before is the exact nature of the business taking place around Dorset Street. Traditionally, we're led to believe Polly, Annie and Liz worked as street walker raising there doss money.
      Yet we may have evidence of unofficial law keepers working in the doss houses. Furthermore, we have evidence of MJK, the unnamed woman with Patrick Manning, Mary Austin and later Kitty Ronan bringing men back to the residencies to conduct their business. In addition, there is also the evidence from Booth's walk around Spitalfields in 1898/ 1899, referring directly to the 'doubles' doss houses as 'brothels'. 35 Dorset Street, which is listed as the address of Polly on her death certificate and is the last known residence of Annie, was a 'double'. It seems we know this because the man who Mary Austin was seen with returned there with her and from the inquest evidence of Crossingham, where the coroner specifically warns him to check if the couples who come to stay are married. There's even evidence Annie herself took Edward Stanley back there.
      So, why do Polly and Annie end up on the streets on the night of their deaths? - if there were conducting business that evening, it may be outside the norm.

      Had Polly, Annie and Liz all fallen out with the self-appointed, unofficial law of Dorset Street? Had MJK too?
      Last edited by seanr; 07-01-2019, 11:38 PM.

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      • It seems I was wrong about it being an unnamed police officer who dismissed the McCarthy lead in the Mary Austin case. It was a Sergeant Mulvany.

        If Inspector Divall's chief suspect really was Billy Maher, it is inconceivable that the police were unaware of the connection between Maher and the McCarthys.

        A lead back to the McCarthys would surely have been of interest, but it seems Sergeant Mulvany shut it down.

        If one was looking for evidence of police corruption, it would at our distance in time be very hard to prove, but these kinds anomalies - a lead in the direction of the favoured suspect being quietly dropped - would be exactly the kind of behaviour to look for.

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        • Originally posted by seanr View Post
          It seems I was wrong about it being an unnamed police officer who dismissed the McCarthy lead in the Mary Austin case. It was a Sergeant Mulvany.

          If Inspector Divall's chief suspect really was Billy Maher, it is inconceivable that the police were unaware of the connection between Maher and the McCarthys.

          A lead back to the McCarthys would surely have been of interest, but it seems Sergeant Mulvany shut it down.

          If one was looking for evidence of police corruption, it would at our distance in time be very hard to prove, but these kinds anomalies - a lead in the direction of the favoured suspect being quietly dropped - would be exactly the kind of behaviour to look for.
          Of course, it was Superintendent Mulvany who concluded, based on the report made by Sgt Gill, that the drunken ramblings of Schultz were of no value.

          There is nothing to say that Maher was Divall’s
          chief suspect. Divall’s words were ‘a well-known local character’. Billy Maher was certainly that. His relationship was to Ann McCarthy, William Crossingham’s daughter. Later in 1901, John McCarthy would state that although there were three businesses in Dorset Street under the name McCarthy, the owners weren’t related. Was he trying to distance himself from Ann for some reason?

          I should mention that on at least one occasion Billy Maher used the name McCarthy.

          Last edited by MrBarnett; 07-02-2019, 10:19 AM.

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          • Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

            Of course, it was Superintendent Mulvany who concluded, based on the report made by Sgt Gill, that the drunken ramblings of Schultz were of no value.
            Given the evidence from William Austin that a Mrs McCarthy had recently been Mary Ann Austin's, the lead really should have been followed. Perhaps Mulvany was not aware of details from the investigation, but that was the case, it should have been passed to the investigating team. On the face of it, it looks odd.

            Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

            Later in 1901, John McCarthy would state that although there were three businesses in Dorset Street under the name McCarthy, the owners weren’t related. Was he trying to distance himself from Ann for some reason?
            I had literally just noticed that McCarthy was not entirely truthful when he said the owners of the businesses in Dorset Street were unrelated. There's not much to go on as to his reasons, but he was telling fibs.

            Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post

            I should mention that on at least one occasion Billy Maher used the name McCarthy.
            I was not aware of this. Is there a source for Billy Maher using the name McCarthy?

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            • Originally posted by seanr View Post

              Given the evidence from William Austin that a Mrs McCarthy had recently been Mary Ann Austin's, the lead really should have been followed. Perhaps Mulvany was not aware of details from the investigation, but that was the case, it should have been passed to the investigating team. On the face of it, it looks odd.



              I had literally just noticed that McCarthy was not entirely truthful when he said the owners of the businesses in Dorset Street were unrelated. There's not much to go on as to his reasons, but he was telling fibs.



              I was not aware of this. Is there a source for Billy Maher using the name McCarthy?
              Post 4 on here, Sean. It’s a rather poor image, I’m afraid.

              http://www.jtrforums.com/showthread....=maher&page=16



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