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  • My last post - not going to clog up the board.

    It seems to me that a quack anatomist is the closest fit rather than a mysogynist or a barber. Francis Spurzheim Craig was named after a quack anatomist, Johann Gaspar Spurzheim, whose views were denounced as quackery in the Edinburgh Review in 1815 and in response who travelled to Edinburgh the following year to carry out public dissections.

    Spurzheim died just short of his fifty-sixth birthday and his heart was removed.

    Elizabeth Weston Davies (Mary Kelly) was killed and her heart removed one day before the fifty-sixth anniversary of Spurzheim's death.

    The journalist Craig was living in Ripon Street, Aylesbury in 1875 when he was discovered to have been plagiarising items for the Bucks Advertiser. Between then and 1888 he undertook professional mapping work for Spalding's Plan of Cambridge; literally, place names were how he made his buck.

    The first murder took place in Buck's Row, and after the second murder (both of which having shown signs of anatomical knowledge) the Dear Boss letter was sent to an outlet liable to be known only to journalists (an error by the murderer if a journalist), referring to his "funny little games", the risk of being "buckled", and signed Jack the Ripper.

    Originality at last, Francis must have thought.

    Elizabeth Craig (nee Weston Davies) was fluent in Welsh, had a brother named Jonto, had worked in an upper class brothel in west London and there is no evidence of her existence after 1888.

    Mary Jane Kelly was fluent in Welsh, had a brother named Jonto, had worked in an upper class brothel in west London and had the name Davies appended to her death certificate.

    The rest of Mary Kelly's story is palpably the narrative of a poor girl trying to dissociate herself from what she had become by deconstructing, rearranging and misrepresenting elements of her life. She said she had a relative on the London stage - with all the men and women merely players.

    The four previous murders were followed by rushed quack dissections in a mixture of attempted misdirection (which succeeded for more than a century) and probably the release of a lifetime of imbibing his father's quack anatomical mumbo jumbo.

    I'm sure others will say that they need to await cast-iron dna evidence, discovery of a videotaped confession, photographic evidence of a crime in commission and production of a suicide note more incriminating than the one that read "It would only pain you to see the Doctor's treatment". Until then, just imho, if it quacks like a duck then, 127 years later, this one is no wild goose.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr1YioasDVw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv4rMDE8igg

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    • Originally posted by Inigo Montoya View Post
      My last post - not going to clog up the board.

      It seems to me that a quack anatomist is the closest fit rather than a mysogynist or a barber. Francis Spurzheim Craig was named after a quack anatomist, Johann Gaspar Spurzheim, whose views were denounced as quackery in the Edinburgh Review in 1815 and in response who travelled to Edinburgh the following year to carry out public dissections.

      Spurzheim died just short of his fifty-sixth birthday and his heart was removed.

      Elizabeth Weston Davies (Mary Kelly) was killed and her heart removed one day before the fifty-sixth anniversary of Spurzheim's death.

      The journalist Craig was living in Ripon Street, Aylesbury in 1875 when he was discovered to have been plagiarising items for the Bucks Advertiser. Between then and 1888 he undertook professional mapping work for Spalding's Plan of Cambridge; literally, place names were how he made his buck.

      The first murder took place in Buck's Row, and after the second murder (both of which having shown signs of anatomical knowledge) the Dear Boss letter was sent to an outlet liable to be known only to journalists (an error by the murderer if a journalist), referring to his "funny little games", the risk of being "buckled", and signed Jack the Ripper.

      Originality at last, Francis must have thought.

      Elizabeth Craig (nee Weston Davies) was fluent in Welsh, had a brother named Jonto, had worked in an upper class brothel in west London and there is no evidence of her existence after 1888.

      Mary Jane Kelly was fluent in Welsh, had a brother named Jonto, had worked in an upper class brothel in west London and had the name Davies appended to her death certificate.

      The rest of Mary Kelly's story is palpably the narrative of a poor girl trying to dissociate herself from what she had become by deconstructing, rearranging and misrepresenting elements of her life. She said she had a relative on the London stage - with all the men and women merely players.

      The four previous murders were followed by rushed quack dissections in a mixture of attempted misdirection (which succeeded for more than a century) and probably the release of a lifetime of imbibing his father's quack anatomical mumbo jumbo.

      I'm sure others will say that they need to await cast-iron dna evidence, discovery of a videotaped confession, photographic evidence of a crime in commission and production of a suicide note more incriminating than the one that read "It would only pain you to see the Doctor's treatment". Until then, just imho, if it quacks like a duck then, 127 years later, this one is no wild goose.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr1YioasDVw

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv4rMDE8igg

      Wow the "rip" and "buck" convinces me anyway :shakeshead:
      G U T

      There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe that which is true.

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      • Hi Inigo..
        We must not forget for all of The Royal connection fans, that John Netley [ coach driver] was thrown under the wheels of a carriage , and was killed in 1903..
        Get a suspect who died in 1903, and you cannot go wrong..
        Regards Richard.

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        • Belated thanks for your reply, Richard.

          A thought.

          Mr Weston-Davies raises the question as to why Henry McBlain is described in the book as a baker.

          The answer, and some considerable insight into Francis Spurzheim Craig's mental state, may lie with this annotation describing his father's letter of 8th March 1884, linked above....

          "2. In the top left corner there is a drawing in red ink of two people facing each other across a stream, one carrying a basket in his or her hands, the other a basket balanced on the head. Underneath, the text reads"
          WEALTH, THE FRUIT OF LABOUR, IS BEST DISTRIBUTED BY FREE EXCHANGES,
          AIDED BY MONEY TOKENS AND REPRESENTATIVE LABOUR NOTES."
          the word "WEALTH" is in larger letters than the rest of the text.
          3. The text "Hammersmith. W.," is printed in red ink in the middle"

          If we whizz back to the Bible briefly, just past the bit where Jacob sends his family across the stream in advance of his wrestling match with himself, an angel, God, man, etcetera, we'll find Joseph in Egypt, interpreting the dream of a butler, and that of a baker. The cursed baker being the one with a certain something balanced on his noggin.

          I thought that the book, by the way (The Real Mary Kelly) was more than 230 sweating pounds beyond brilliant. Top marks, be it 42/42, 56/56, 112/112 or 156/156.

          Thank you for writing it.

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          • At 128 years and counting, this one has been running almost as long as The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

            John Jasper's Cloisterham, as you probably know, is real life Rochester. That's partly where Dickens obtained the name Drood. As in Rochester & Strood, the scene of the repeated tussle between Mark Reckless (ex-Conservative) and Kelly Tolhurst for the Parliamentary seat.

            As well as Mother’s Day in the UK, today, March 6th, is the anniversary of Charles Dickens' daughter Mary's birth in 1838 while Dickens was living at Doughty Street, which is only about six hundred yards from Argyle Square, where Francis Craig momentarily lived with Elizabeth Weston Davies. If you look closely in Barnaby Rudge, you'll see that the 19th of March in the Gregorian calendar translates to a Julian 8th.

            Rudge, Drudge, Drud e, and Drood, there is probably a connection between Barnaby’s birthmark, the idea of original sin, and the birth of Mary Dickens three years before the writing of the novel.
            Last edited by Inigo Montoya; 03-06-2016, 01:39 AM.

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            • Lest you think I'm making this stuff up, the year of the novelís inciting incident (the 19th of March in 1753), to borrow a phrase from the screenwriting world, is directly adjacent to the year of the Julian/Gregorian calendar switch (1752).

              One time period away as a question of poetic discretion, and two in the case of the space between the 8th of March and the 6th.

              http://tune.pk/video/6429561/clara-s...d-doc-holliday

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              • Francis Craig

                This guy bears more looking at, I feel it in my gut (pun intended). I wish there was more on him ugh.

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                • Wonder if there is any significance to the fact that Annie Chapman died on the morning of the very first day of league football.

                  Maybe the Ripper was a cricket fan.

                  Well done to Ross Taylor for the record 181 overnight.

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                  • Ross to make tonight? For his injury, that was a non-negotiably honourable innings and an imprecise peer to Carlos Brathwaite having the wit to make the wholly canniest of investments in four consecutive sixes at the start of the final over of the 2016 T20 World Cup Final.

                    Extending the script of a sportsman at large, Polly Nichols (the victim before Ani), ed on 31 August 1888, six years to the exact day from this famous notice in Cricket: A Weekly Record of The Game:

                    SACRED TO THE MEMORY
                    OF
                    ENGLAND'S SUPREMACY IN THE
                    CRICKET-FIELD
                    WHICH EXPIRED
                    ON THE NINETEEN TH DAY OF AUGUST, AT THE OVAL
                    "ITS END WAS PEATE"

                    Englandís fifth and final Match-Up with Ross and Tim Southee for the prize of neither sacred cow nor golden calf nor red heifer unfolds tonight in Christchurch, with anthems the stuff of dreams ringing from slip through third man heralding the start of play in H a gley.

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