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  • #16
    AT the time, was Lechmere suspected of being Nichols killer in any official capacity . i.e in a police interview before his inquest testimony?

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    • #17
      >> It sets out with Jonathan Menges stating that both Lechmere and Paul spoke to Mizen and this is something that we cannot conclude ...<<

      Fact: Paul is on record claiming he spoke to Mizen.
      Fact: Cross is on record claiming Paul spoke to Mizen.
      Fact: Mizen is not on record explicitly stating Paul did not speak to him.
      Fact: The existing police records state "They informed P.C. 55H Divn.Mizen".
      Fact: PC Mizen is on record claiming "when Cross spoke" to Mizen "he was accompanied by another man."

      Anyone is entitled to interpret the facts to suit their personal pet theories, but since the facts do actually stated Paul spoke to Mizen, it is fair and reasonable to conclude, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, that he did in fact speak to Mizen.
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      • #18
        >> He points out that the docu has Lechmere crouching over the body of Nichols. What one needs to realize is that the documentary works from the idea that Lechmere actually killed Nichols, and in order to do so, he must have crouched over her body at some stage. Attacking that depiction is attacking the sheer idea that Lechmere could be the killer, and that is not a wise thing to do.<<

        The problem does not lie with Lechmere crouching over the body, as Steve's book makes clear, it is the depiction of Paul finding Cross crouching over the body and the the pair meeting each other over the body.


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        • #19
          >> A meal is made of how Paul, in the guise of Andy Griffiths, crosses the street in a manner that is not consistent with the facts. Nothing, however, is said about how the road construction work did not allow for doing it factually correct, and even less is said about how that particular detail is in all probability of no consequence at all.<<

          Did the TV show point out that construction work prevented an accurate visual representation of the encounter?
          Since the graphics were not encumbered by construction work, did they correct the error?

          Since the answer to both questions is, no, it seems a bit rich to demand standards from others, that the show did not subscribe to.

          But did the construction work actaully prevent a more accurate potrayal?

          As the footage from the TV show itself, makes clear, the encounter could have been recreated accurately without crossing the road. There was space on the correct side of the road to record the encounter.

          What is also clear from reading comments from people who watched the show, but have no knowledge of the case, is that they believe Cross was found by Paul crouching over the body. That misinformation is is a matter of great consequence as it hampers a true reflection of the events and implies a degree of guilt on Cross that does not exist in all the known records.



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          • #20
            In a nutshell, Christer's post highlights the problems people have with proponents of the Lechmere theory, everything is twisted out of shape and facts are treated as optional extras.
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            • #21
              Steve's book deserved a dedicated podcast.

              People will differ over various points raised, but there is nothing wrong with that.

              Well done!
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                So I just listened to the podcast about Steves book. I cannot say that I found it very good. It sets out with Jonathan Menges stating that both Lechmere and Paul spoke to Mizen and this is something that we cannot conclude - although there are those who claim we can. Regardless, it makes for a one-eyed presentation of the facts, and that was never a good thing. If both carmen spoke to Mizen and heard all of what was said, we get a very different case, and as long as we don't know what applies, I would recommend a less tilted version. In the light of how I am often accused of tilting the story myself, one would think that such things would not pass on a podcast.

                It has been promised that we would get to know why Mizen was the liar and not Lechmere, but once the revelation is made, Jon Menges actually disagrees with Steve about the matter. Steve wants to take the policemen assertion that they had not seen anybody to leave the spot so as to attract attention as evidence that Mizen withheld his knowledge about the carmen. Menges disagrees, and so do I. Menges points out that the carmen could not leave the spot so as to attract Mizens attention as they were not AT the spot at that stage, which is perfectly true. I would also say that since Mizen had arrived at the murder spot and found Neil there, then if Mizen was told by Lechmere that there was another PC in place in Bucks Row, he would expect Neil to be the one to report any odd behavior on behalf of the carmen at the murder site. To me, it is perfectly logical that Mizen answers the question, put as it were, with a "no".

                Steve then gets the opportunity to attack the documentary and chooses a few matters to do so:

                He points out that the docu has Lechmere crouching over the body of Nichols. What one needs to realize is that the documentary works from the idea that Lechmere actually killed Nichols, and in order to do so, he must have crouched over her body at some stage. Attacking that depiction is attacking the sheer idea that Lechmere could be the killer, and that is not a wise thing to do. Colored figures are used to depict the persons and it should be perfectly obvious that they are suggesting a scenario that is entirely necessary for the concept of the documentary to work.
                I have often said myself that if Lechmere killed Nichols and bluffed it out, he would not begin by leaning in over her body as Paul arrived, he would instead take some steps away from the body so that he could say "Oh look, isn't that a woman lying there? Let's go check her out, shall we?"

                Steve also says that the police beats are represented as if there were policeman swarming over the place all the time. He correctly points out that the beats took half an hour to do. What he forgets to say is that the narrator actually ALSO points this out. He says that the PC:s passed every half hour. My take on things is that the filmmakers did not want to make the graphical representation one where the dots representing the beats took half an hour to appear on the screen. They probably gathered that such a thing would bore and deter the spectators.

                A meal is made of how Paul, in the guise of Andy Griffiths, crosses the street in a manner that is not consistent with the facts. Nothing, however, is said about how the road construction work did not allow for doing it factually correct, and even less is said about how that particular detail is in all probability of no consequence at all.

                Steve says that it is said that there was a nine minute gap and that there is no further discussion about that gap. Which there is. It is shown how the maths were done, and it is laid out that IF these maths are correct, THEN there is a nine minute gap.

                Steve then goes on to add all of these wisdoms up by saying that the docu is "cheating" people. And yes, SOMEBODY is being cheated, but that somebody seems to be Mr Blomer cheating himself.

                Jon Menges then grasps the opportunity to deliver what he seemingly thinks is the decisive blow against the Lechmere theory - Paul was not asked about the Mizen scam, and so the police must have cleared that up before Pauls appearance at the inquest.
                What I think is important to keep in mind here is that we have 125 years of people not recognizing the potential of the conversation between Mizen and Lechmere. Nobody has ever pointed it out as potentially being part of the solution to the Ripper crimes before I did so. It has been looked upon as some uncontroversial misunderstanding of minuscule importance. What's to say that the police did not think the same? We have no evidence at all that the press reacted to it, and they would have had time to point it out before it was supposedly discussed and cleared up by the police. But no such luck!
                Also, any such interest in the disagreement, based on the conception that Lechmere could perhaps have had something to hide, should undoubtedly have resulted in him being raked over the flames.
                Where is the evidence that this ever happened? What police bigwig recognizes this in his memoirs, telling us about the carman they believed was a liar until it was all cleared up? And if they delved into the life of the carman - why is it that they call him Cross when we know that the police would likely give BOTH names, Cross AND Lechmere - if they knew about them?

                One of the indicators Menges uses to ensure himself of Lechmeres innocence is that Paul was never asked about when he first saw "Cross". Really? He says that he met no-one until he met Cross and he says that as he arrived outside Brown´s, he noticed his fellow carman. "He had not met any one before he reached Buck's-row, and did not see any one running away." (Times, Sept 18 1888).

                No, it was not a good podcast. Not if you are interested in the actual facts. But if you dislike the Lechmere theory, then I can understand why some take a fancy to it.

                Of course, if somebody wants to present the case in a way that tilts the facts in a "Lechmere must have been innocent" fashion, then they are free to do so.

                Luckily, I am equally free to point pout when and where it goes awry.
                The ability to critise, without readinģ the book is remarkable Christer.


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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                  Construction work. Part of the road was fenced of.
                  Which of course stops the CGI from portraying the truth.

                  And it's such a small point in my view on the documentary, which I many respects I am complimentary on in the book.
                  But you wouldn't know that.

                  Steve

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                    So I just listened to the podcast about Steves book. I cannot say that I found it very good. It sets out with Jonathan Menges stating that both Lechmere and Paul spoke to Mizen and this is something that we cannot conclude - although there are those who claim we can. Regardless, it makes for a one-eyed presentation of the facts, and that was never a good thing. If both carmen spoke to Mizen and heard all of what was said, we get a very different case, and as long as we don't know what applies, I would recommend a less tilted version. In the light of how I am often accused of tilting the story myself, one would think that such things would not pass on a podcast.

                    It has been promised that we would get to know why Mizen was the liar and not Lechmere, but once the revelation is made, Jon Menges actually disagrees with Steve about the matter. Steve wants to take the policemen assertion that they had not seen anybody to leave the spot so as to attract attention as evidence that Mizen withheld his knowledge about the carmen. Menges disagrees, and so do I. Menges points out that the carmen could not leave the spot so as to attract Mizens attention as they were not AT the spot at that stage, which is perfectly true. I would also say that since Mizen had arrived at the murder spot and found Neil there, then if Mizen was told by Lechmere that there was another PC in place in Bucks Row, he would expect Neil to be the one to report any odd behavior on behalf of the carmen at the murder site. To me, it is perfectly logical that Mizen answers the question, put as it were, with a "no".

                    Steve then gets the opportunity to attack the documentary and chooses a few matters to do so:

                    He points out that the docu has Lechmere crouching over the body of Nichols. What one needs to realize is that the documentary works from the idea that Lechmere actually killed Nichols, and in order to do so, he must have crouched over her body at some stage. Attacking that depiction is attacking the sheer idea that Lechmere could be the killer, and that is not a wise thing to do. Colored figures are used to depict the persons and it should be perfectly obvious that they are suggesting a scenario that is entirely necessary for the concept of the documentary to work.
                    I have often said myself that if Lechmere killed Nichols and bluffed it out, he would not begin by leaning in over her body as Paul arrived, he would instead take some steps away from the body so that he could say "Oh look, isn't that a woman lying there? Let's go check her out, shall we?"

                    Steve also says that the police beats are represented as if there were policeman swarming over the place all the time. He correctly points out that the beats took half an hour to do. What he forgets to say is that the narrator actually ALSO points this out. He says that the PC:s passed every half hour. My take on things is that the filmmakers did not want to make the graphical representation one where the dots representing the beats took half an hour to appear on the screen. They probably gathered that such a thing would bore and deter the spectators.

                    A meal is made of how Paul, in the guise of Andy Griffiths, crosses the street in a manner that is not consistent with the facts. Nothing, however, is said about how the road construction work did not allow for doing it factually correct, and even less is said about how that particular detail is in all probability of no consequence at all.

                    Steve says that it is said that there was a nine minute gap and that there is no further discussion about that gap. Which there is. It is shown how the maths were done, and it is laid out that IF these maths are correct, THEN there is a nine minute gap.

                    Steve then goes on to add all of these wisdoms up by saying that the docu is "cheating" people. And yes, SOMEBODY is being cheated, but that somebody seems to be Mr Blomer cheating himself.

                    Jon Menges then grasps the opportunity to deliver what he seemingly thinks is the decisive blow against the Lechmere theory - Paul was not asked about the Mizen scam, and so the police must have cleared that up before Pauls appearance at the inquest.
                    What I think is important to keep in mind here is that we have 125 years of people not recognizing the potential of the conversation between Mizen and Lechmere. Nobody has ever pointed it out as potentially being part of the solution to the Ripper crimes before I did so. It has been looked upon as some uncontroversial misunderstanding of minuscule importance. What's to say that the police did not think the same? We have no evidence at all that the press reacted to it, and they would have had time to point it out before it was supposedly discussed and cleared up by the police. But no such luck!
                    Also, any such interest in the disagreement, based on the conception that Lechmere could perhaps have had something to hide, should undoubtedly have resulted in him being raked over the flames.
                    Where is the evidence that this ever happened? What police bigwig recognizes this in his memoirs, telling us about the carman they believed was a liar until it was all cleared up? And if they delved into the life of the carman - why is it that they call him Cross when we know that the police would likely give BOTH names, Cross AND Lechmere - if they knew about them?

                    One of the indicators Menges uses to ensure himself of Lechmeres innocence is that Paul was never asked about when he first saw "Cross". Really? He says that he met no-one until he met Cross and he says that as he arrived outside Brown´s, he noticed his fellow carman. "He had not met any one before he reached Buck's-row, and did not see any one running away." (Times, Sept 18 1888).

                    No, it was not a good podcast. Not if you are interested in the actual facts. But if you dislike the Lechmere theory, then I can understand why some take a fancy to it.

                    Of course, if somebody wants to present the case in a way that tilts the facts in a "Lechmere must have been innocent" fashion, then they are free to do so.

                    Luckily, I am equally free to point pout when and where it goes awry.
                    As for Paul not being asked when he first saw Lechmere, he wasn't, Jonathan is correct, he is aked if he saw anyone else.
                    He does not say at what point or distance he became aware of Lechmere, only that he saw him in Bucks Row.
                    Talk about misleading, you just can't help it can you Christer.


                    Steve
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Simon Wood View Post
                      Hi Fisherman,

                      What road construction work?

                      Regards,

                      Simon
                      Simon, Christer is talking about roadworks during filming. Which apparently ment the CGI, was unable to saw Paul walking on the correct side of the road.

                      Steve

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Fisherman
                        Of course, if somebody wants to present the case in a way that tilts the facts in a "Lechmere must have been innocent" fashion...
                        If the evidence is presented "as is", then Cross is simply a man who, along with Paul, found a body as he walked to work and immediately sought to alert a policeman. No "tilting" required.
                        Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                        "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                          So I just listened to the podcast about Steves book. I cannot say that I found it very good. It sets out with Jonathan Menges stating that both Lechmere and Paul spoke to Mizen and this is something that we cannot conclude - although there are those who claim we can. Regardless, it makes for a one-eyed presentation of the facts, and that was never a good thing. If both carmen spoke to Mizen and heard all of what was said, we get a very different case, and as long as we don't know what applies, I would recommend a less tilted version. In the light of how I am often accused of tilting the story myself, one would think that such things would not pass on a podcast.
                          Christer, it is one eyed to suggest that both Carmen did not speak to Mizen, both Carmen say they did, and the police report of the 19th September, says "they" as Dusty points out.

                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                          It has been promised that we would get to know why Mizen was the liar and not Lechmere, but once the revelation is made, Jon Menges actually disagrees with Steve about the matter. Steve wants to take the policemen assertion that they had not seen anybody to leave the spot so as to attract attention as evidence that Mizen withheld his knowledge about the carmen. Menges disagrees, and so do I. Menges points out that the carmen could not leave the spot so as to attract Mizens attention as they were not AT the spot at that stage, which is perfectly true. I would also say that since Mizen had arrived at the murder spot and found Neil there, then if Mizen was told by Lechmere that there was another PC in place in Bucks Row, he would expect Neil to be the one to report any odd behavior on behalf of the carmen at the murder site. To me, it is perfectly logical that Mizen answers the question, put as it were, with a "no".
                          Oversimplified, the discussion regards the Scam, is far more complicated and involved than is possible to cover in a one-hour podcast, and one not exclusively devoted to that issue.
                          Jonathan questions one aspect of the evidence presented in the book, there are a few more which he did not disagree with. Anyway we will not all agree on every aspect, indeed many disagree with your version of events too.


                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                          Steve then gets the opportunity to attack the documentary and chooses a few matters to do so:

                          He points out that the docu has Lechmere crouching over the body of Nichols. What one needs to realize is that the documentary works from the idea that Lechmere actually killed Nichols, and in order to do so, he must have crouched over her body at some stage. Attacking that depiction is attacking the sheer idea that Lechmere could be the killer, and that is not a wise thing to do. Colored figures are used to depict the persons and it should be perfectly obvious that they are suggesting a scenario that is entirely necessary for the concept of the documentary to work.
                          I have often said myself that if Lechmere killed Nichols and bluffed it out, he would not begin by leaning in over her body as Paul arrived, he would instead take some steps away from the body so that he could say "Oh look, isn't that a woman lying there? Let's go check her out, shall we?"
                          I am really sorry, but the documentary is a visual presentation, it is misleading and gives a false impression. That you do not accept that is sad.


                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post

                          Steve also says that the police beats are represented as if there were policeman swarming over the place all the time. He correctly points out that the beats took half an hour to do. What he forgets to say is that the narrator actually ALSO points this out. He says that the PC:s passed every half hour. My take on things is that the filmmakers did not want to make the graphical representation one where the dots representing the beats took half an hour to appear on the screen. They probably gathered that such a thing would bore and deter the spectators.
                          I do not forget it at all, indeed in my book i am very clear that the voice over at the beginning of the program says that PC Neil was at the murder site 15 minutes before Polly is killed.


                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                          A meal is made of how Paul, in the guise of Andy Griffiths, crosses the street in a manner that is not consistent with the facts. Nothing, however, is said about how the road construction work did not allow for doing it factually correct, and even less is said about how that particular detail is in all probability of no consequence at all.
                          Wrong, its not Andy crossing the street, but the CGI which shows Paul on the southern side, which i am alluding to, still misleading, even in this small arena


                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                          Steve says that it is said that there was a nine minute gap and that there is no further discussion about that gap. Which there is. It is shown how the maths were done, and it is laid out that IF these maths are correct, THEN there is a nine minute gap.
                          There is no discussion about the fact that the nine minutes is based on Paul's 3,45 timing, and how this is highly debatable, yes the maths are given based purely on that viewpoint, it is misleading.

                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post

                          Steve then goes on to add all of these wisdoms up by saying that the docu is "cheating" people. And yes, SOMEBODY is being cheated, but that somebody seems to be Mr Blomer cheating himself.
                          All is backed up in the book, you can agree or disagree once you read it.


                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                          Jon Menges then grasps the opportunity to deliver what he seemingly thinks is the decisive blow against the Lechmere theory - Paul was not asked about the Mizen scam, and so the police must have cleared that up before Pauls appearance at the inquest.
                          What I think is important to keep in mind here is that we have 125 years of people not recognizing the potential of the conversation between Mizen and Lechmere. Nobody has ever pointed it out as potentially being part of the solution to the Ripper crimes before I did so. It has been looked upon as some uncontroversial misunderstanding of minuscule importance. What's to say that the police did not think the same? We have no evidence at all that the press reacted to it, and they would have had time to point it out before it was supposedly discussed and cleared up by the police. But no such luck!
                          Also, any such interest in the disagreement, based on the conception that Lechmere could perhaps have had something to hide, should undoubtedly have resulted in him being raked over the flames.
                          Where is the evidence that this ever happened? What police bigwig recognizes this in his memoirs, telling us about the carman they believed was a liar until it was all cleared up? And if they delved into the life of the carman - why is it that they call him Cross when we know that the police would likely give BOTH names, Cross AND Lechmere - if they knew about them?
                          Once again we have a starting point that Lechmere is hiding something, what is this based on? The evidence such as it is does not lead an unbiased researcher in that direction

                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post

                          One of the indicators Menges uses to ensure himself of Lechmeres innocence is that Paul was never asked about when he first saw "Cross". Really? He says that he met no-one until he met Cross and he says that as he arrived outside Brown´s, he noticed his fellow carman. "He had not met any one before he reached Buck's-row, and did not see any one running away." (Times, Sept 18 1888).
                          Covered this in a previous post, however let's be very clear.

                          Paul is not asked when he first sees Lechmere, he is simply saying that he saw no one before he got to Bucks row and no one leaving the scene.
                          He is never asked when he first becomes aware of Lechmere is he? nor does he say when, at what distance, does he?

                          Originally posted by Fisherman View Post

                          No, it was not a good podcast. Not if you are interested in the actual facts. But if you dislike the Lechmere theory, then I can understand why some take a fancy to it.

                          Of course, if somebody wants to present the case in a way that tilts the facts in a "Lechmere must have been innocent" fashion, then they are free to do so.

                          Luckily, I am equally free to point pout when and where it goes awry.
                          It's not Lechmere must be innocent, neither Jonathan nor I say that, indeed the book makes it very clear.

                          Steve

                          ps thank you for the comments, most welcome.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by drstrange169 View Post
                            Steve's book deserved a dedicated podcast.

                            People will differ over various points raised, but there is nothing wrong with that.

                            Well done!
                            thank you

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                            • #29
                              Hi Steve,

                              Thank you for the clarification.

                              Regards,

                              Simon
                              Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by FISHY1118 View Post
                                AT the time, was Lechmere suspected of being Nichols killer in any official capacity . i.e in a police interview before his inquest testimony?
                                Easy one....no.
                                Michael Richards

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