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  • Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

    I am referring to the Hanbury Street murder. We have three witnesses all pointing to a later TOD and against a Doctor’s estimate. Forensic medical knowledge tells us that a Victorian Doctors estimate can’t be relied upon as being accurate. Even Phillips himself admitted the possibility that he could have been wrong. His estimation is of no use. All modern experts tell us this. Although I don’t want to get into this TOD debate as it has been gone over at great length on other threads.


    I don't want to have an argument about it, either.

    I did have an argument once with someone and I took your position, but changed my mind.

    The evidence of rigor mortis, last meal, last sighting, and partial digestion, when taken together, points to no later than 2.30.

    In the event that a Lechmere accuser accepted the coroner's adjudication, the case against Lechmere is no stronger.

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    • Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
      All that is saying is that in a case where a woman remarried after having not seen her husband and not having any knowledge of him still being alive for seven years, she would not have committed the felony of bigamy even if her husband was indeed still alive.
      And there is no evidence that Maria Lechmere thought John Allen Lechmere was still alive,

      Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
      However, if her husband was still alive, her subsequent marriage/marriages were legally invalid and children of a subsequent marriage would be illegitimate.
      Existing records from the Old Bailey do not support your position. Neither does the law. If a previous spouse was believed dead for at least seven years, the second marriage was considered valid.

      Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
      And if she was aware that her husband was still alive when she went through a form of marriage with someone else, she would be guilty of the felony of bigamy.
      A felony so serious that courts often imposed only token punishment. Haven't examples been given of sentences of a hour or so?

      Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
      Shortly before Maria ‘married’ Tom Cross a cousin of her very much alive husband arrived in Hereford and joined the police force there. I suspect that was one of the reasons she and Tom moved to the East End. That and small town disapproval of her second (potentially bigamous) marriage.
      Hereford was crawling with Lechmeres and their relatives. Why would one more matter? And Maria Lechmere didn't marry until years after she moved to London, so disapproval of a marriage that hadn't happened yet could not be the reason. Far more likely would be escaping the stigma of being an abandoned woman, whose husband was a failure, likely an alcoholic, blamed for the death of a policeman, and possibly a thief. Starting over away from all that baggage and the gossip that would surround it would be tempting.

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      • Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
        I have this theory that he carried horse flesh on his cart and would have made deliveries to the East End, possibly Islington and to certain locations south of the river. If so, the road closures in question would probably not have affected him beyond there possibly being some extra diverted traffic on his route. As I say, in anticipation of that his shift might have been altered.
        Pickfords was a general goods service, not a slaughterhouse. They did occasionally carry horseflesh, but as the article you linked shows, it was packaged and tightly sealed. Six hundredweight of putrid horseflesh was only detected when the barrels was opened and inspected by the intended recipient.

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        • Originally posted by PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR 1 View Post



          I don't want to have an argument about it, either.

          I did have an argument once with someone and I took your position, but changed my mind.

          The evidence of rigor mortis (a completely unreliable method that the experts tell us to a man not to rely on) last meal (an even more unreliable method - plus we only know her last known meal…..this might not have been her last actual meal so this method is meaningless), last sighting (completely irelevant, how can it matter when she was last seen when we haven’t a clue where she went any way?) and partial digestion (connected to her last meal so irrelevant, it’s an even less reliable method than rigor), when taken together, points to no later than 2.30.

          A doctors unreliable estimation which every single modern day expert tell us not to rely on versus three witnesses (one of who was in the yard and didn’t see an horrendously mutilated corpse which would have been about a foot from his left boot!) Only one conclusion…it simply wasn’t there….later TOD. I just don’t get it when some go for the Doctors estimate. It just makes no sense when the weight of evidence is overwhelmingly against it? Your opinion is your own though of course.



          In the event that a Lechmere accuser accepted the coroner's adjudication, the case against Lechmere is no stronger.
          The case against Lechmere doesn’t exist imo.



          Regards

          Sir Herlock Sholmes

          “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

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          • Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post
            My questions would have to be - after he’d begun work that morning would Lechmere really have left his cart to go off and pick up a victim? Firstly it would have meant leaving a cart full of meat unattended in the street for however many minutes in an area of such poverty and crime (how could he have explained any missing goods from his cart to his superiors?) And secondly, would he really have been so reckless as to have left a cart with the name Pickford’s emblazoned on the side so that any number of people might have come forward to tell the police that they’d seen an unattended Pickford’s wagon parked nearby? One question to those in charge would have told them which driver(s) had business in that location.
            It probably would not have been a cart full of meat. And that meat would have been tightly sealed in barrels or other packaging. But the contents would have been valuable, so leaving them unattended would have been incredibly reckless. Plus, dressed as a carman, he stood out in the crowd. And there would be no credible explanation for fresh blood on his clothes or hands, which risked being seen by random passersby as well as every client he picked up from or delivered to. And if he somehow provided a credible explanation, most receivers would still be spending a lot more time examining their goods to see if blood had soaked onto them, and many shippers would refuse to do the pick up for fear of their goods being ruined in transit by blood.

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            • Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

              The case against Lechmere doesn’t exist imo.



              Your argument that it would have been impossible for someone sitting inches from the body not to have noticed it was the one I was using with ever-increasing incredulity at my adversary's obstinance.

              The counter to that is that he did not originally mention the incident.

              When arguing with Lechmere's accusers (who for some reason I cannot fathom are called things such as pro-Lechmere or Lechmere Lovers), I do rely on the alternative arguments - i.e. either the murder occurred before he left for work or when he was already at work.

              I agree with you that there is (and was) no case for him to answer.

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              • Originally posted by The Baron View Post
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                "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 PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR 1 View Post


                  Your argument that it would have been impossible for someone sitting inches from the body not to have noticed it was the one I was using with ever-increasing incredulity at my adversary's obstinance.

                  The counter to that is that he did not originally mention the incident.

                  The problem is that even if he didn’t mention fixing his boot that’s not evidence of anything underhand. He might simply have said something like - I went to the back door to check the cellar but I saw no body. If Chandler then asked if he was sure (mentioning poor light) he could have just said - yes I’m certain, I could see all around the yard.

                  His talk with Chandler wasn’t a proper sit down interview after all. Just a talk in the passage way. He might even have said “sat on the steps” but Chandler misheard him. Either way, we can’t say that he disagreed with Chandler.
                  Regards

                  Sir Herlock Sholmes

                  “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

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                  • Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

                    The problem is that even if he didn’t mention fixing his boot that’s not evidence of anything underhand. He might simply have said something like - I went to the back door to check the cellar but I saw no body. If Chandler then asked if he was sure (mentioning poor light) he could have just said - yes I’m certain, I could see all around the yard.

                    His talk with Chandler wasn’t a proper sit down interview after all. Just a talk in the passage way. He might even have said “sat on the steps” but Chandler misheard him. Either way, we can’t say that he disagreed with Chandler.

                    But is it conceivable that it seemed to Doctor Phillips that rigor mortis had set in barely one hour after the murder had taken place, when it had not - or that it could have set in after just one hour?

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                    • Originally posted by Fiver View Post

                      It probably would not have been a cart full of meat. And that meat would have been tightly sealed in barrels or other packaging. But the contents would have been valuable, so leaving them unattended would have been incredibly reckless. Plus, dressed as a carman, he stood out in the crowd. And there would be no credible explanation for fresh blood on his clothes or hands, which risked being seen by random passersby as well as every client he picked up from or delivered to. And if he somehow provided a credible explanation, most receivers would still be spending a lot more time examining their goods to see if blood had soaked onto them, and many shippers would refuse to do the pick up for fear of their goods being ruined in transit by blood.

                      I had an exchange with Christer Holmgren some time ago about the Hanbury St murder, and he was suggesting that Lechmere committed it on his way to work, nearly three hours before the body was discovered, on the basis of the medical testimony that rigor mortis had set in and death could not have occured later than 4:30.

                      Of course, in case that would leave him insufficient time to get to work on time, he has him leaving home early!

                      As far as I'm aware, neither he nor Stow has suggested that the murder took place while Lechmere was out on deliveries, but I have come across this argument before.

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                      • Originally posted by PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR 1 View Post


                        I had an exchange with Christer Holmgren some time ago about the Hanbury St murder, and he was suggesting that Lechmere committed it on his way to work, nearly three hours before the body was discovered, on the basis of the medical testimony that rigor mortis had set in and death could not have occured later than 4:30.

                        Of course, in case that would leave him insufficient time to get to work on time, he has him leaving home early!

                        As far as I'm aware, neither he nor Stow has suggested that the murder took place while Lechmere was out on deliveries, but I have come across this argument before.
                        Phillips did say that he thought at most 2 hours but he added this:

                        “..at least two hours, and probably more, when he first saw her; but it was right to mention that it was a fairly cool morning, and that the body would be more apt to cool rapidly from its having lost a great quantity of blood.”

                        Even the proper accepted that Phillips could have been wrong.

                        It’s not realistic to suggest that he would have killed whilst he was out on his rounds imo so they prefer the doctors unreliable estimate because it gives them a TOD which allows for Lechmere to have done it before he went to work. All the modern experts though tell us that the methods that he used were extremely unreliable. He still could have got it right of course but we can’t verify one way or another. He could have been right or wrong. So Phillips gets us no further forward. We’re left with 3 witnesses who all point strongly to a later TOD.

                        Then again, this thread isn’t the place to go over that old ground again.
                        Regards

                        Sir Herlock Sholmes

                        “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

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                        • Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

                          Phillips did say that he thought at most 2 hours but he added this:

                          “..at least two hours, and probably more, when he first saw her; but it was right to mention that it was a fairly cool morning, and that the body would be more apt to cool rapidly from its having lost a great quantity of blood.”

                          Even the proper accepted that Phillips could have been wrong.

                          It’s not realistic to suggest that he would have killed whilst he was out on his rounds imo so they prefer the doctors unreliable estimate because it gives them a TOD which allows for Lechmere to have done it before he went to work. All the modern experts though tell us that the methods that he used were extremely unreliable. He still could have got it right of course but we can’t verify one way or another. He could have been right or wrong. So Phillips gets us no further forward. We’re left with 3 witnesses who all point strongly to a later TOD.

                          Then again, this thread isn’t the place to go over that old ground again.

                          On the other hand, the cold delays the onset of rigor mortis!

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                          • Originally posted by PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR 1 View Post


                            On the other hand, the cold delays the onset of rigor mortis!
                            There are way too many factors like the condition of the body, clothing, air currents, stress before death, blood loss etc which can affect an estimation. Even today they don’t rely on it. Phillips would have had to have surpassed the knowledge of todays experts for us to have had confidence in his estimate. We really only have the witnesses to assess.
                            Regards

                            Sir Herlock Sholmes

                            “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

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                            • Originally posted by PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR 1 View Post


                              I had an exchange with Christer Holmgren some time ago about the Hanbury St murder, and he was suggesting that Lechmere committed it on his way to work, nearly three hours before the body was discovered, on the basis of the medical testimony that rigor mortis had set in and death could not have occured later than 4:30.

                              Of course, in case that would leave him insufficient time to get to work on time, he has him leaving home early!

                              As far as I'm aware, neither he nor Stow has suggested that the murder took place while Lechmere was out on deliveries, but I have come across this argument before.
                              This is a relatively recent suggestion, it's been made several times over on FB groups.

                              Christer is still sticking with the way to work.argument PI1

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                              • Originally posted by Elamarna View Post
                                This is a relatively recent suggestion, it's been made several times over on FB groups.

                                Christer is still sticking with the way to work.argument PI1

                                Yes, indeed!

                                But Stow is hedging his bets.

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