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    One additional Irish related point is that Inspector Abberline had his meteoric rise in rank as a result of Fenian related arrests, and his intimate knowledge of the local networks and gangs. Since we know for a fact that Fenians were known to be planning this assassination by the London authorities during these murders, they worked with the Swiss I believe to make an arrest, should we assume that Abberline wasnt involved... due to his handling the Ripper cases? Or did he have multiple mandates, that at times, seemed related.

    Its just for jolly....but fits some questions....one being, why was Hutchinson's story great Monday night and lousy Thursday morning?

    Cheers all.
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    Hi Chava,

    I think its possible that the police during the week following Marys murder were learning of a man that was arrested and held on suspicion of being the Whitechapel Murderer in early October in Belfast, an Irishman who was suspected based on the earlier Canonical deaths. They had his description, some history on him, and after his release based on lack of evidence, they lost him and he disappeared. He was known to travel about the UK frequently....he was the son of a brewing baron that lived off family stipends.

    On Monday morning I believe, or possibly Tuesday, some rather toffish delegates from Parliment, some officers from The Royal Irish Constabulary, and a Senior Post office official visited that room. I now believe that may be related to a known pending/foiled assassination attempt on Lord Balfour, the Irish Secretary, by Fenians, that was planned for that Fall, and perhaps the Post Office Robbery the weekend of the Double Event, or postal matters concerning some correspondence perhaps found, (maybe by Abberline and Reid on Saturday morning sieving ashes again)... and the soon to begin Parnell public hearings concerning Fenian matters in the winter of 89. And the fact they they already had an Irish Whitechapel Murderer suspect on file in the form of the Belfast man.

    I think it possible Astrakans ethnicity was Hutchinsons downfall, and that the police were investigating possible Irish connections to this killer before a woman who is supposedly Irish and has an Irish boyfriend is found dead.

    Best regards Chava
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  • Ben
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    And the authorities could well have decided on a cover-up for political reasons starting with the discrediting of Hutchinson's story that had found its way into the newspapers.
    Bit too reminiscent of the Royal Conspiracy theory for me, Stephen.

    For the cover-up theory to be at all viable, we'd need to accept that the police not only circulated false evidence to press and public, but that they were penning false reports amongst themselves. While the former is a realistic option, the latter isn't remotely so. Police reports were internal and intended for police circulation only, and as such, they were fully at liberty - and professionally obliged - to inform their superiors of any developments. As Stewart Evans astutely observed in a previous thread, "the official files were totally confidential (until the 1970s) and they clearly show that the senior police officers and the Home Office had no idea who Jack the Ripper was then, nor at any time since".

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    Ben
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  • protohistorian
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    Originally posted by Chava View Post
    What triggered them? Apart from the suspiciously over-detailed 'eye-witness description' I don't see anything in his statement that could cause them to completely discount him. And they did seem to drop Mr A as a suspect extremely quickly.

    Nothing that Hutchinson says is unlikely. Kelly apparently did work as a prostitute. She could well have been around Thrawl St late at night. She was definitely drunk earlier, and so could still be 'spree-ish' at 2.00 am. Sarah Lewis did see someone standing at the entrance to the court at the time Hutchinson claims to be there.

    I don't believe him. But that's more because I think it's unlikely that Kelly went out again after spending an good hour and twenty minutes serenading the neighbours in the small hours. I also think it is very likely that she undressed and went to bed after she stopped her concert. However that's just supposition on my part. Hutchinson could well have seen her with the Ripper. So what is it that causes the cops to walk away?
    Maybe he was interviewed on multiple occasions and his stories did not sync up. That is still a grounds for witness diqualification, and it is such a minute detail as to escape recording.

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  • Stephen Thomas
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    Originally posted by Chava View Post
    Nothing that Hutchinson says is unlikely. Kelly apparently did work as a prostitute. She could well have been around Thrawl St late at night. She was definitely drunk earlier, and so could still be 'spree-ish' at 2.00 am. Sarah Lewis did see someone standing at the entrance to the court at the time Hutchinson claims to be there.
    Exactly, Chava

    And Mr Astrakhan could well have been JTR and could well have been arrested shortly after Mary's murder because of Hutchinson's revelations. And the authorities could well have decided on a cover-up for political reasons starting with the discrediting of Hutchinson's story that had found its way into the newspapers.

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  • Ben
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    Hi Chava,

    It's difficult to say, but my guess is that the various press contradictions were at least a contributory factor. Besides significant embellishments on an already ludircously detailed description, press versions of his account included claims that could easily be checked into by police and revealed to be false.

    Most notable among these was Hutchinson's attempt to explain away his faliure to alert the police earlier, i.e. on the grounds that he had "told a policeman" about the night's events on Sunday, but did not go to the police station. This is absurd. No policeman would have ignored Hutchinson, as the account insinuated, and if he did, he'd be tracked down immediately according to his meticulously delineated beat and booted off the force for mind-boggling negligence.

    There are many other possibilities, however; the recipients of Abberline's report (i.e. his superiors) may not have believed him, or perhaps Hutchinson slipped up to a telling extent when accompanying police round the district.

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  • Why Did The Police Discount Hutchinson's Statement So Quickly?

    What triggered them? Apart from the suspiciously over-detailed 'eye-witness description' I don't see anything in his statement that could cause them to completely discount him. And they did seem to drop Mr A as a suspect extremely quickly.

    Nothing that Hutchinson says is unlikely. Kelly apparently did work as a prostitute. She could well have been around Thrawl St late at night. She was definitely drunk earlier, and so could still be 'spree-ish' at 2.00 am. Sarah Lewis did see someone standing at the entrance to the court at the time Hutchinson claims to be there.

    I don't believe him. But that's more because I think it's unlikely that Kelly went out again after spending an good hour and twenty minutes serenading the neighbours in the small hours. I also think it is very likely that she undressed and went to bed after she stopped her concert. However that's just supposition on my part. Hutchinson could well have seen her with the Ripper. So what is it that causes the cops to walk away?
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