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  • News item, 1892, re suicide in prison

    From the Boulder Daily Camera, September 30, 1892 (Boulder, CO.):

    "Supposed to be Jack the Ripper"

    "Vienna, Sept. 29-- The police of Pesth, Hungary, believe that the alleged lunatic, Szemerdy [sic], who committed suicide in his cell at Pressburg, after being arrested for a number of atrocious murders, was known as Jack the Ripper in London. They say that he was in London at the time of each and every murder attributed to Jack the Ripper was [sic] committed."
    Last edited by Pcdunn; 02-26-2016, 11:43 AM. Reason: addition for clarity
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    Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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    Originally posted by Pcdunn View Post
    From the Boulder Daily Camera, September 30, 1892 (Boulder, CO.):

    "Supposed to be Jack the Ripper"

    "Vienna, Sept. 29-- The police of Pesth, Hungary, believe that the alleged lunatic, Szemerdy [sic], who committed suicide in his cell at Pressburg, after being arrested for a number of atrocious murders, was known as Jack the Ripper in London. They say that he was in London at the time of each and every murder attributed to Jack the Ripper was [sic] committed."
    Why does Boulder Colorado of all places have so much Jack the Ripper news?
    The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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    • #3
      "Jack" sells papers

      Originally posted by Errata View Post
      Why does Boulder Colorado of all places have so much Jack the Ripper news?
      LOL, Errata! I'm looking in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Database. So far Aspen and Boulder have produced snippets I've posted on Casebook in various threads, but, trust me-- it is difficult finding a "Jack the Ripper" phrase that actually relates to the London cases!

      People all over the USA seemed to fancy themselves either Jack, or his "pal", and write threatening letters to all and sundry authorities. Any murder with a knife was called a "Jack the Ripper" murder. In some newspapers, the editors just put in the phrase at random, apparently expecting it to get more attention.
      He (or the idea of him) was far more influential than I'd thought at first.
      Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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      Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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      • #4
        Perhaps all the attention was due to the fact that they didn't have a Jack of their very own, not that there weren't plenty of murders in the US at the time!

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        • #5
          Hmmm... Maybe so. We're fascinated by stories of the Royals, too, though we have none of our own...
          Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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          Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Errata View Post
            Why does Boulder Colorado of all places have so much Jack the Ripper news?
            Plenty in the Papers in Aus and NZ too.
            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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            • #7
              I think the real fascination was that this was something new.

              But just watch the TV news today with the reports of anything horrific all over the world.
              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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