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  • #31
    I am particularly intrigued by the possibility that Ellen’s son Thomas may be someone whose subsequent criminal career I have come across: a man who I believe went by the name of Tommy the Dip.

    At one stage Tommy used the alias Thomas George Robinson, and in the 1850s an Irishman named Richard Robinson ran a brothel at 11, Palmer’s Folly.

    In 1883 an Irishman named John Regan’s nose was ‘slit in half’ at 11, Palmer’s Folly. The address appears to have been a ‘bad house’ for several decades.




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    • #32
      TRD,

      It would be useful to know how you believe EM was John McCarthy’s second cousin. Was it by marriage?

      You say you are 99% sure of the relationship, which is pretty impressive. It’s impossible to be that sure without considerable corroborative evidence, particularly when dealing with such a common East End name as McCarthy.

      Will you share your evidence with us?

      Gary

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