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  • Originally posted by Richard Patterson View Post
    There is only a 0.000003 chance that the Whitechapel murderer was not a religious fanatic. In Catholicism, occupations are protected by patron saints that are venerated in different days of the year. The days for the patron saints for butchers, soldiers, midwives, and doctors, fell upon dates of the Ripper's murders. Because these occupations used knives and needed anatomical skill the police suspected, questioned and detained them. A religious fanatic could have chosen to kill on these dates in the belief that he was fulfilling some kind of divine mission. Here the dates of each murder and their patron saints.

    August 31st.
    Saint Raymund the patron of midwives.

    September 8th.
    Saint Adrian the patron saint of Butchers and Soldiers.

    September 30th.
    Saint Jerome the patron saint of Doctors.

    November 9th.
    Saint Theodor the patron saint of Butchers and Soldiers.

    Here is a list of occupations, their patron saints and their dates, other than on the dates of the murders.

    Doctors. 3.
    Comas, September 27. Luke the Evangelist, October 18. Pantaleon, July 27.

    Butchers. 2
    George, April 23 & May 6. Peter the Apostle, June 29.

    Midwives 1
    Pantaleon (again) July 27.

    Soldiers 5
    Elgius, December 1. George, April 23 (again). Ignatius of Loyola, July 31. Joan of Arc, May 30. Martin of Tours, November 11.

    In a year with 15 patron days matching these occupations, there is a 1 in 24 chance that any date would fall on these patron saint days. The chance that four dates in a row would fall on one of these saint days is 1 in 344,861*. If it were a one in a hundred chance it would be significant, let alone in the hundreds of thousands. This is the only real lead we have had in the past 127 years. Until they can be discounted, all suspects that showed signs of religious fervor should be investigated. Of the 500 known suspects, the only one that is credible and fits this description is the one I have brought forwards. This is the failed priest, with surgical skill, Francis Thompson.

    *This is a rough figure. (365/15)*(364/15)*(363/15)*(362/15) It does not take into account other compounding factors, such as the events occurring either on a weekends or bank holidays or that some dates have the same saint.
    Hi,

    Ideal types combined with dates is not biographic data.

    Instead of connecting a real individual in the past and his dates to the murder dates, one connects an ideal type to the dates. "The religious maniac".

    The connection therefore has no value. It is merely a theoretical construction without a real person from the past in it.

    Regards, Pierre

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    • Richard Patterson:
      There is only a 0.000003 chance that the Whitechapel murderer was not a religious fanatic. In Catholicism, occupations are protected by patron saints that are venerated in different days of the year. The days for the patron saints for butchers, soldiers, midwives, and doctors, fell upon dates of the Ripper's murders. Because these occupations used knives and needed anatomical skill the police suspected, questioned and detained them. A religious fanatic could have chosen to kill on these dates in the belief that he was fulfilling some kind of divine mission. Here the dates of each murder and their patron saints.

      August 31st.
      Saint Raymund the patron of midwives.

      September 8th.
      Saint Adrian the patron saint of Butchers and Soldiers.

      September 30th.
      Saint Jerome the patron saint of Doctors.

      November 9th.
      Saint Theodor the patron saint of Butchers and Soldiers.

      Here is a list of occupations, their patron saints and their dates, other than on the dates of the murders.

      Doctors. 3.
      Comas, September 27. Luke the Evangelist, October 18. Pantaleon, July 27.

      Butchers. 2
      George, April 23 & May 6. Peter the Apostle, June 29.

      Midwives 1
      Pantaleon (again) July 27.

      Soldiers 5
      Elgius, December 1. George, April 23 (again). Ignatius of Loyola, July 31. Joan of Arc, May 30. Martin of Tours, November 11.

      Actually, I do think that a patron saint may have played a peripheral role in the Ripper saga. Not one of the above, though!

      Im being awfully secretive these days...

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