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Pierre 09-25-2017 12:20 PM

The single source question
 
In the case of Lechmere and the inquest, only one newspaper reported his home address (according to Fisherman).

Why?

Pierre

Elamarna 09-25-2017 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Pierre (Post 430481)
In the case of Lechmere and the inquest, only one newspaper reported his home address (according to Fisherman).

Why?

Pierre

Pierre

Something I have been looking at myself, there are several possible reasons, all of which I am a dressing in part 3. If you have any ideas I would be glad to hear them.


Steve

Pierre 09-25-2017 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Elamarna (Post 430483)
Pierre

Something I have been looking at myself, there are several possible reasons, all of which I am a dressing in part 3. If you have any ideas I would be glad to hear them.

Steve

Hi Steve,

I do not really have any "ideas". The only hypothesis I want to put forth is that The Star had their own way of collecting information.

What the method was I donīt know.

Pierre

Elamarna 09-25-2017 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Pierre (Post 430484)
Hi Steve,

I do not really have any "ideas". The only hypothesis I want to put forth is that The Star had their own way of collecting information.

What the method was I donīt know.

Pierre

Some interesting points to note from my work.

Of the 8 reports of Llewellyn's testimony only four give his address.
For Eade it's none in 4 reports, and for Mulshaw his address is given only once in 7 reports.

It seems that including the address in press reports of the Nichols inquest did not always occur. I may carry out a quick of the other murders to see if this is repeated if I find the time.

In the Mulshaw reports his address is given only by the Times. It may not therefore be the star was better at collecting.

So the answer may be as simply the press didn't always give full details in the reports.
It will be interesting to see what results I get when I move to Mitre Sq with a copy of the official report available.


Steve

GUT 09-25-2017 02:04 PM

Probably for the same reason press reports today are exactly the same across papers.

Column inches.

Elamarna 09-25-2017 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by GUT (Post 430492)
Probably for the same reason press reports today are exactly the same across papers.

Column inches.

My thoughts exactly Geoff, but I will look at all options.
Don't think Pierre's hypothesis will hold up, but the thread is useful to point it out.
And of course such argues against other ideas that there was something special about Lechmere only having one report of his address.

Steve

Sam Flynn 09-25-2017 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Pierre (Post 430481)
In the case of Lechmere and the inquest, only one newspaper reported his home address (according to Fisherman).

Why?

Why not? Seriously; I'm not being flippant.

I can't see why all newspapers should be expected report all the information all the time. Column-space was limited, and the papers weren't obliged to print anything, really. In the case of the Nichols murder, of course, the big surge of interest in the case had yet to kick off in earnest, so - as we've seen - press coverage wasn't as near as extensive or comprehensive as it would later become.

MysterySinger 09-25-2017 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pierre (Post 430484)
Hi Steve,

I do not really have any "ideas". The only hypothesis I want to put forth is that The Star had their own way of collecting information.

What the method was I donīt know.

Pierre

The implication being that the address wasn't given at the inquest but The Star found it out some other way (i.e. the address of Cross rather than Lechmere)? Also that Cross didn't even give his address?

Elamarna 09-26-2017 01:14 AM

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Originally Posted by MysterySinger (Post 430506)
The implication being that the address wasn't given at the inquest but The Star found it out some other way (i.e. the address of Cross rather than Lechmere)? Also that Cross didn't even give his address?

That is certainly what some have suggested. However the other examples I have postrd suggest that this is not an isolated example and to interpret it as being an attempt at avoidance is not supported by the sources.


Steve

Pierre 09-26-2017 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elamarna (Post 430486)
Some interesting points to note from my work.

Of the 8 reports of Llewellyn's testimony only four give his address.
For Eade it's none in 4 reports, and for Mulshaw his address is given only once in 7 reports.

It seems that including the address in press reports of the Nichols inquest did not always occur. I may carry out a quick of the other murders to see if this is repeated if I find the time.

In the Mulshaw reports his address is given only by the Times. It may not therefore be the star was better at collecting.

So the answer may be as simply the press didn't always give full details in the reports.
It will be interesting to see what results I get when I move to Mitre Sq with a copy of the official report available.

Steve

Yes, I think you are right, the press did not always give full details. But we donīt know why and can not generalize from small samples.

Pierre


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