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  • Why Was Ostrog Ever Considered?

    OK, so modern research indicates that Michael Ostrog is not likely as a Ripper suspect. I'll buy that. But why then is he mentioned in the MacNaughton mem.? as MORE likely than Thomas Cutbush? It seems that at some point he WAS at least considered as a suspect- WHY? Any ideas?

    (And do we have his DOD yet?)

  • #2
    Well, Macnaghten described him as a violent, misogynistic maniac who carried around surgical knives, but historically it appears he was nothing more than a petty thief and conman. More than likely Macnaghten had been fed misinformation about this particular suspect.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Harry D View Post
      Well, Macnaghten described him as a violent, misogynistic maniac who carried around surgical knives, but historically it appears he was nothing more than a petty thief and conman. More than likely Macnaghten had been fed misinformation about this particular suspect.
      Or was confused as he was with some facts about Druitt.
      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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      • #4
        A chap who stole a silver cup from Eton would be capable of committing any outrage.

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        • #5
          Well the other two mentioned in the MM were Druitt, suspected on nothing more than rumors and innuendo, and Kosinski, who we have no idea how he even cam to the attention of police. So it's no surprise that he had Ostrog on there too-probably just more rumor and misinformation.
          "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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          • #6
            Kosminski fell foul of the dog laws. Then he must be guilty of the murders.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MysterySinger View Post
              Kosminski fell foul of the dog laws. Then he must be guilty of the murders.
              that's funny, but thinking about it-what if something somehow came out in that that lead the police to him?

              or maybe the dog trial was just another headache for his family that helped them on their way to notifying the police?
              "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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              • #8
                You think that the dog episode gave the police a lead? Perhaps....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Robert View Post
                  A chap who stole a silver cup from Eton would be capable of committing any outrage.
                  LOL!

                  and Druitt got sacked from work-the horror!
                  "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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Robert View Post
                    You think that the dog episode gave the police a lead? Perhaps....
                    Well it certainly gave them paws.

                    c.d.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Robert View Post
                      A chap who stole a silver cup from Eton would be capable of committing any outrage.
                      What a total bounder!
                      Last edited by John G; 08-09-2017, 10:14 AM.

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                      • #12
                        My initial answer to the question in the title of the thread was going to be 'f**k knows!' But on reflection my answer would now be.....the same! It's a mystery. If I recall correctly Ostrog wasn't even in the country at the time of the murders. It does appear that his name was just chosen at random to flesh out the memorandum. We would all love to know how he arrived at the 3 names. Books have been written about Druitt and Kosminski as candidates. Has anyone ever written a book on Ostrog proposing him as Jack?

                        Anyone fancy the job?

                        Cowards

                        Me? Err I'm a little busy right now. Sorry, got to go, bye
                        Regards

                        Herlock






                        "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"

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                        • #13
                          can anyone swag when these men may have become suspects? i get that Druitt came under suspicion after his suicide. won't attempt kosminski. casebook claims Ostrog may have come under suspicion after the double event. possible that his suspicion was connected to a particular murder?
                          there,s nothing new, only the unexplored

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