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  • #16
    Originally posted by Scott Nelson View Post

    Yes, Jon. But very soon after the C-5 murders. "Kosminski" being confined almost immediately afterwards.
    This would be accepting Macnaghten's claim that Kozminski was removed to a lunatic asylum about March 1889?

    Assuming this to be true, do you think it likely that he was placed in the asylum because he was suspected to be the Ripper?

    If so, then perhaps you can explain why he was released, was it because the police checked him out and discovered they were wrong?

    We cannot corroborate Mac's claim concerning the incarceration of Mar. 1889, yet we do have evidence that Kozminski was later brought to Mile End Asylum on July 12 of 1890, not examined by a doctor, so whatever the reason it cannot have been of a serious nature. Then released merely 4 days later, on the 15th.
    If the police suspected they had the Ripper locked up, then why do they release him, a second time?

    There is nothing here to suggest anyone believed Kozminski was a danger to society. He is finally incarcerated in Feb. 1891 and certified insane, for what? Hardly as a Ripper suspect, the informant at this time was given as 'brother'. If Kozminski was placed here by police the informant would be a police official.
    So once again, nothing to suggest Kozminski was a danger to the public.
    Regards, Jon S.

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    • #17
      Sorry Jon, but as you may remember my preferred Kosminski was David Cohen (probably anglicized from "Kosminski"), who was arrested on (or held just prior to) December 7, 1888. He was at a brothel operated by Gertrude Smith at 254 Whitechapel Road, next to where the Corman knife was found on the sidewalk on October 1st.

      Gertrude Smith may have written a letter of warning to Charles Warren (HO/144/220/A4901.C, subsection 8(iii): 'A brothel keeper who will not give her address or name writes to say that aman living in her house was seen with blood on him on the morning of the murder (Chapman's on 8 Sept.). She described his appearance and said where he might be seen - when detectives came near him he bolted, got away and there is no clue to the writer of the letter.'

      This potentially ties Cohen to the murders of Chapman (Warren letter), and Stride and Eddowes (Coram knife).

      Macnaghten's March 1889 date for the confinement of Kosminski may have been a slight misremembering of Swanson's Seaside Home identification of Kosminski and his re-confinement afterwards.
      Last edited by Scott Nelson; 06-24-2022, 07:21 PM.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by clark2710 View Post
        Anyone that's familiar with the modern technique of profiling. Could someone put here a general profile of the killer? Not to mention, what could've been done to draw him out, trap him, etc? In your opinion, how did he blend in so well, what would you be looking for if you could go back in time with knowledge of the MO but without knowledge of what he'll do next. All you have is the profile. What do you say to Abberline or anyone else? Who would you go to?
        The FBI completed a profile which can be found here https://vault.fbi.gov/Jack%20the%20Ripper

        It seems to me that profile wise the Ripper was probably:

        - 30-35 years old.
        - physically strong. Probably involved in manual work of some kind.
        - A bit of a loner or someone who was seen as solitary. Not many friends or acquaintances.
        - Someone who would be neat and tidy. Maybe obsessively so.
        - Someone very cool and calculating not easily flustered. Someone known for being very calm even in the most stressful situations.

        In relation to smoking him out that would be very difficult. Most serial killers are caught either by luck or through a mistake made by the killer. JTR was lucky and made very few errors substantial enough to pinpoint him. Very difficult to nail such a perpetrator. In 1888 practically impossible.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Sunny Delight View Post

          The FBI completed a profile which can be found here https://vault.fbi.gov/Jack%20the%20Ripper

          It seems to me that profile wise the Ripper was probably:

          - 30-35 years old.
          - physically strong. Probably involved in manual work of some kind.
          - A bit of a loner or someone who was seen as solitary. Not many friends or acquaintances.
          - Someone who would be neat and tidy. Maybe obsessively so.
          - Someone very cool and calculating not easily flustered. Someone known for being very calm even in the most stressful situations.

          In relation to smoking him out that would be very difficult. Most serial killers are caught either by luck or through a mistake made by the killer. JTR was lucky and made very few errors substantial enough to pinpoint him. Very difficult to nail such a perpetrator. In 1888 practically impossible.
          • The age of onset for these types of homicides is generally between the mid to late 20s. Bury was 29 when hanged in 1889.
          • He comes from a family where he was raised by a domineering mother and weak, passive and/or absent father. Bury’s father died when he was a child, and his mother was in a lunatic asylum.
          • For employment, he would seek a position where he could work alone and vicariously experience his destructive fantasies. Bury certainly worked alone and set his own hours, travelling around selling sawdust. There are suggestions horse meat butcher, but I’m not sure this has ever been verified.
          • Would not expect suspect to be married, if so, it would be to someone older and it would be short-lived. Ellen was 31, Bury was 28 when they married – we know the marriage was short-lived (less than a year) and how it ended.
          • He has carried a knife for defense purposes-just in case he was ever attacked, he would be ready. Ellen discovered that Bury was sleeping with a penknife under his pillow – he owned to knives at his arrest
          • This paranoid-type of thinking (associated with knife carrying) is in part justified because of his poor self-image. He would be expected to have some type of physical abnormality. The profiles include above or below average height in this. Bury was 5.2. The profile also mentions a scarred complexion and should he noted Bury's 1884 police record references a cut on his neck as a notable physical characteristic. He appears to have been sensitive about his neck and covered it with a collar. Note also the very good physical description match to Farmer's attacker with a scar on the neck.
          • He is not adept in meeting people socially and the major extent of his heterosexual relationships would be with prostitutes – he would have contracted venereal disease. In May 1888 Bury contracted VD a gave it to his wife.
          • Quiet. Margaret Robertson describing Bury and his wife who were lodging with her in Dundee for a time. ‘They said they were going to Princes Street with it (the packing box). When with us, Prisoner was very quiet but several times worse of liquor. Other references from Dundee suggest he was a lot more sociable when drinking, something mentioned in the profile as well.

          The profile also discusses the ripper being a lust murderer that would mutilate genital areas. By this definition Bury carried out a lust murder in a manner that was identical in some very specific ways to Eddowes.

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