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  • Originally posted by YomRippur View Post
    She is definitely the most likely non-canonical victim. The type of victim, the proximity in location, the proximity to the date of the Nichols murder, the relative rarity of murders back then, the ferocity of the attack (albeit in different MO), and the fact that this murder fits into the progression of a fledgling killer, all make her a likely victim.

    As all her knife wounds were inflicted while she was alive, I wonder what the killer did to prevent her from screaming. I wonder if that lone pen-knife attack had something to do with that.
    Hi Yom
    She also displayed evidence of strangulation-so theres that too.

    I have her equal probability with McKenzie as non c5 who was more than likely a ripper victim.

    we have tabram-probably his first kill and still learning how to kill efficiently and working out MO. Bookended by McKenzie, probably his last, displaying mature MO and (partial) sig-maybe because of being interrupted and or other factor like being ill or too drunk.
    Last edited by Abby Normal; 08-24-2017, 06:38 AM.
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    • Originally posted by MrBarnett View Post
      Yes, Jon, I believe so. It's location is not obvious from the OS maps, but the 1881 census lists the Bousfields in Star Place between Star Street and Morris Street.
      Thanks Gary, Stride and Tabram were living very close to each other.

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      • Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post
        Hi Jon/all
        since there was evidence of strangulation-id go with option one.
        Hi Abby

        The only thing that bugs me is that the Dr Kileen makes no mention of strangulation.

        Tabram did have an abrasion on her scalp. We don`t where on her head it was, but she may have had her head banged against a wall or floor

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        • Originally posted by Jon Guy View Post
          Hi Abby

          The only thing that bugs me is that the Dr Kileen makes no mention of strangulation.

          Tabram did have an abrasion on her scalp. We don`t where on her head it was, but she may have had her head banged against a wall or floor
          bingo.

          that too. Ive often felt that the ripper may have knocked out his victims with a punch (some had bruises and abrasions on there face)and or banging there head against something and or strangling them, depending on the circumstances.

          of course abrasions on the head could have also happened as he took them to the ground.
          "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 Sam Flynn View Post
            I don't, Jon. I think it was first.... or "first-ish" at any rate.
            Looks like the long bladed knife to the heart was last:

            Dr Killeen: His opinion was that one of the wounds was inflicted by some kind of dagger, and that all of them were caused during life.

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            • Just out of interest, how did Dr Killeen arrive at that conclusion?

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              • Originally posted by Jon Guy View Post
                4 possibilities spring to mind, Curious

                Strangled unconscious
                Knocked out cold on the head
                Hand over the mouth
                She did scream
                Thanks, Jon,
                I was thinking Abby was right with the strangulation, but there was no mention of that by Dr. Kileen. Nor was the bump on her head that someone mentions further down.

                I think I would discount the "hand over the mouth" option as I wonder how effectively a person could clamp a hand down tight enough to stop noises escaping while furiously stabbing. I think that would require two people, wouldn't it?

                Could she have been passed out drunk on the landing? If so, does that eliminate an attack from a client who was angry at being cheated?

                And if she did not scream, then there was likely some racket anyway -- even from the killer. Long ago, there was a post in which many seemed to think that the people in the apartment 12 feet away had heard something but done nothing.

                I don't see how the murder could have been silent.

                curious
                Last edited by curious; 08-24-2017, 07:50 AM.

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                • Originally posted by Jon Guy View Post
                  Looks like the long bladed knife to the heart was last:

                  Dr Killeen: His opinion was that one of the wounds was inflicted by some kind of dagger, and that all of them were caused during life.
                  I'm glad you say "looks like", Jon, because that doesn't indicate which order the wounds were inflicted - ALL the wounds were caused during life. That aside, I still struggle with the idea of his using two knives, one 37 times and the other only once.
                  Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                  "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                  • Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
                    I'm glad you say "looks like", Jon, because that doesn't indicate which order the wounds were inflicted - ALL the wounds were caused during life.
                    Killeen states that the wound to her heart was sufficient to cause death, so couple that with the his statement that she was alive when she received all her knife wounds, means the stab to the heart was last.
                    Last edited by Jon Guy; 08-24-2017, 08:19 AM.

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                    • Originally posted by curious View Post
                      I was thinking Abby was right with the strangulation, but there was no mention of that by Dr. Kileen. Nor was the bump on her head that someone mentions further down.
                      Killeen does mention the abrasion to her scalp, Curious

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                      • Originally posted by Sam Flynn View Post
                        I'm glad you say "looks like", Jon, because that doesn't indicate which order the wounds were inflicted - ALL the wounds were caused during life. That aside, I still struggle with the idea of his using two knives, one 37 times and the other only once.
                        Your struggle hasn't gone unnoticed Sam, although my post citing the problems with a single assailant and 2 knives surely has.
                        Michael Richards

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                        • Originally posted by Jon Guy View Post
                          Killeen does mention the abrasion to her scalp, Curious
                          didn't see that. Thanks, Jon.

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                          • Originally posted by Jon Guy View Post
                            Killeen states that the wound to her heart was sufficient to cause death.
                            He didn't say it was sufficient to cause instant death, though. I'm not being picky, by the way: being stabbed in the heart would almost certainly be fatal, but it need not kill a person right away. Indeed, it's even possible to survive.
                            Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                            "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                            • Originally posted by Michael W Richards View Post
                              A question I raised very early in this thread is that of the question of 2 weapons. I believe that Ive read that multiple stab wounds with more than one weapon is often result of the failure of the first weapon used and another weapon being chosen based on ready availability, not because the attacker had 2 weapons from the start.

                              Unless we have some wound that reflects that the smaller pen knife broke during the attack, the likelihood that the same offender used another weapon that was not available at the scene is lessened.
                              Straight off I should say that I think poor Martha Tabram was probably a ripper victim. That colours my response to your question. A possible explanation for two weapons is that he was trying things out. The penknife type blade (easier to carry and explain away if caught carrying) was insufficient and so he used a second, which worked better for him. I do not know if the one mutilation recorded (as opposed to the 39 stab wounds) was using the smaller or larger blade (vagina cutting).


                              Originally posted by Michael W Richards View Post
                              We also have evidence that a soldier questioned near the site of the attack said he was waiting for a buddy who went off with a girl, so it seems soldiers were travelling in pairs that night. Which is a reasonable explanation for 2 weapons being readily available at the scene.
                              I am sure the soldiers were in pairs or small groups during the night - but would have separated for sex. Your proposition is not unreasonable but not the only possibility.

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                              • Originally posted by etenguy View Post
                                Straight off I should say that I think poor Martha Tabram was probably a ripper victim. That colours my response to your question. A possible explanation for two weapons is that he was trying things out. The penknife type blade (easier to carry and explain away if caught carrying) was insufficient and so he used a second, which worked better for him. I do not know if the one mutilation recorded (as opposed to the 39 stab wounds) was using the smaller or larger blade (vagina cutting).




                                I am sure the soldiers were in pairs or small groups during the night - but would have separated for sex. Your proposition is not unreasonable but not the only possibility.
                                HI Etenguy
                                I agree re the knives (if he did indeed use two different ones on her).and I also think she was a ripper victim(raised skirt is the clincher for me).

                                I think the ripper was probably accustomed to carrying around a pen knife-at least in the beginning.

                                I think Annie Millwood was probably the first, or early victim, and he attacked her with the pen knife he was used to carrying around.

                                figured out it wasn't big enough to do the trick and then got a second larger knife that would. and had both these on him when he attacked Tabram.

                                just my speculation of course.
                                "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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