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  • jmenges
    started a topic Jack the Ripper Suspects with author Paul Williams

    Jack the Ripper Suspects with author Paul Williams

    Rippercast is pleased to welcome to the show Paul Williams, the author of the book 'Jack the Ripper Suspects: The Definitive Guide and Encyclopedia'. Joining us for this round table discussion is also authors Paul Begg and Neil R.A. Bell.



    Available to stream or download now from the following link:
    http://www.casebook.org/podcast/listen.html?id=192
    Also available for FREE in the podcast app of your choice.

    Thank you to Paul, Neil and Paul for joining me on the show today.

    And thank you for listening!


    JM

  • MrBarnett
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    Originally posted by jmenges View Post
    Chris George used the term in a post in 2004, which is what makes me think we'd never know unless someone had a copy of the old disk casebook used to sell. There was a server crash in 2008 that permanently erased 10 years worth of posts on the message boards.

    JM
    A simple search reveals the term being used on here and on JTRF in 2008. Perhaps Chris can remember whether he thought he was coining a new word in 2004.

    There are echoes of the fascinating 'one-off' debate here.

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  • jmenges
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    Chris George used the term in a post in 2004, which is what makes me think we'd never know unless someone had a copy of the old disk casebook used to sell. There was a server crash in 2008 that permanently erased 10 years worth of posts on the message boards.

    JM

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  • PaulWilliams
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    The earliest use of the word that I'm aware of is in a post by Christer Holmgren on the forums, 20 February 2015.

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  • jmenges
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    Yes I'm sure there is. Possibly someone who owns a copy of the old archived message boards on CD-ROM can dust it off and find the person we should congratulate.

    JM

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  • MrBarnett
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    Originally posted by jmenges View Post
    Hi Ozzy,

    The term 'suspectologist' might only be used within the field of Ripperology.
    I'm not sure who first used it to describe a researcher focused primarily on a suspect, or group of suspects, but I'm certain I didn't invent the word.



    All the best,

    JM
    JM,

    There's probably someone out there cursing you for not giving them the credit for the term.

    Gary

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  • jmenges
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    Hi Ozzy,

    The term 'suspectologist' might only be used within the field of Ripperology.
    I'm not sure who first used it to describe a researcher focused primarily on a suspect, or group of suspects, but I'm certain I didn't invent the word.



    All the best,

    JM
    Last edited by jmenges; 04-27-2018, 04:47 PM.

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  • Ozzy
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    Just listening to this now.
    --Jonathan, 26 minutes and a few seconds in you use a word I have not heard before, in Ripper studies or any other field - "suspectologists".
    Google gives me a few instances of "suspectology" so I guess there must be suspectologists!

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  • Debra A
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    Originally posted by rjpalmer View Post
    An important and thorny topic, but all these posts are from the perspective of the internet poster. What about the other side of the equation? ie., someone who is keeping their research "under wraps," but wakes one morning and sees similar raw material being posted on-line? (There are a lot of people fishing in the same waters). Are they now required to give credit to someone on the internet for material that they themselves had independently discovered months or even years previously? It's a tricky issue. I see posters doing extremely detailed research, and "connecting the dots." Debra A., for instance. This obviously should be acknowledged if one was to refer to it in a published text. But if someone is just reprinting a document or a census return or a newspaper article, who is to say that they "discovered" this, rather, than 50 other people who are also combing the same data bases? To give an example. Many years ago I found what I consider to be an extremely important article. I never reprinted it, though I did send a copy to a very well-known Ripper author. It has since found its way on-line, although it's been basically ignored and misunderstood. If I ever use it in a published article, it will no doubt look as though I found this "on-line," but such is not the case. How would you personally handle this situation? And is it really in the best interest of historical research to rush to the internet with raw data in hopes of "staking a claim?" I don't know. I don't have any concrete answers, and it raises a lot of tricky questions in our new age where a person can "publish" something within minutes.
    I think that it would be ridiculous to credit individual newspaper and census entries posted to the boards. There is no way of knowing who found something first when anyone can access the material. Newspaper articles are regularly 'rediscovered.'
    I was wondering more about researchers who post original research in its entirety on the boards, where they have discovered something previously unknown through that research and shared it on the message boards for discussion, rather than writing an article or dissertation. Sometimes the ongoing research will be posted over several different threads. If that researcher's new findings were used by an author in a book, I wondered if a general acknowledgement at the beginning of a book would be acceptable or should the specific information be credited directly to that researcher?
    Last edited by Debra A; 04-17-2018, 01:07 PM.

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  • rjpalmer
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    An important and thorny topic, but all these posts are from the perspective of the internet poster. What about the other side of the equation? ie., someone who is keeping their research "under wraps," but wakes one morning and sees similar raw material being posted on-line? (There are a lot of people fishing in the same waters). Are they now required to give credit to someone on the internet for material that they themselves had independently discovered months or even years previously? It's a tricky issue. I see posters doing extremely detailed research, and "connecting the dots." Debra A., for instance. This obviously should be acknowledged if one was to refer to it in a published text. But if someone is just reprinting a document or a census return or a newspaper article, who is to say that they "discovered" this, rather, than 50 other people who are also combing the same data bases? To give an example. Many years ago I found what I consider to be an extremely important article. I never reprinted it, though I did send a copy to a very well-known Ripper author. It has since found its way on-line, although it's been basically ignored and misunderstood. If I ever use it in a published article, it will no doubt look as though I found this "on-line," but such is not the case. How would you personally handle this situation? And is it really in the best interest of historical research to rush to the internet with raw data in hopes of "staking a claim?" I don't know. I don't have any concrete answers, and it raises a lot of tricky questions in our new age where a person can "publish" something within minutes.

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  • Elamarna
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    Originally posted by Steadmund Brand View Post
    I have used Casebook and the like for research in the past, but when I have I have always contacted the poster asking permission, and if they do not respond I didn't use it..

    I have also had my own research taken and used without being asked, I chalk it up to my own fault for publicly posting something, but still think it's unethical at best

    Steadmund Brand
    I agree, but would draw a line around for instance mentioning research say " x as done work on this subject" and give a ref or link to that research. If the research is to be discussed in any detail I ask.


    Steve

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  • Steadmund Brand
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    I have used Casebook and the like for research in the past, but when I have I have always contacted the poster asking permission, and if they do not respond I didn't use it..

    I have also had my own research taken and used without being asked, I chalk it up to my own fault for publicly posting something, but still think it's unethical at best

    Steadmund Brand

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  • Elamarna
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    Hi all
    The question of using information from forums and online in general is indeed interesting to say the lesst.

    I beleive so long as the original researcher is credited there should be no issue if it's just a passing mention, if the research is on an public site that is!

    However in my up coming work on Bucks Row, anything more than a passing comment, as resulted in my asking for permission to quote, and being the people we are none have objected.
    Indeed in the modern age of interactive Ebooks, links to any site not behind a paywall require no permission at all according to the European Court of Justice.
    Of course it's best to link directly to the site and not place the content in a frame.

    My own research on Casebook and on JtR Forums I Am more than happy for others to use as long as they mention me. Indeed that was the aim.

    I guess my view is if it's on a public forum it's asking to be used in this day and age.
    For good or ill technology has already made copyright somewhat unenforceable.
    If something can be displayed on a screen it can be copied.
    Such of course could be detrimental to future research, for that reason we need to be responsible and all serious authors should I beleive ask for permission even if it's not strictly required by law.
    Paul I note in his impressive work gives full credit to each source.


    Steve

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  • Sam Flynn
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    Originally posted by PaulB View Post
    You can't pretend you're joking, Karen. Your secret is out now.
    Curses! I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids!

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  • Herlock Sholmes
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    When i first joined the Casebook, for no reason at all, i found myself referring to ‘Sam’ as ‘she’ until i was corrected by Abby i believe

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