Originally Posted by Robert St Devil
Granted. The case becomes more linear when the Double Event is removed from the file: man murders an unfortunate woman in the street; in a backyard; in an apartment, and with each subsequent murder, the violence against her body steadily increases along with his need for privacy as the civil action of the East End grows against him. So... I can keep an open mind, Michael, that the Double Event might have been a radical event in the story of Jack the Ripper (or the work of a copycat).
I am forming the belief that accommodations have to be made for Schwartz' tale in the case regardless of Mrs. Mortimer's speculations on the hour and minutes that she spent at her doorway. His evidence is superior to hers... so a place for it has to be reserved. This is based on 3 points:
1. He identified Elizabeth Stride at the mortuary as the woman who he saw being attacked.
2. He provided a description of a peaked cap.
3. He didn't fool Inspector Abberline*.
*Aside: "HE HAD A KNIFE, I SWEAR HE DID!"
the idea may have been debunked already, but I just wonder... if Inspector Abberline warned Schwartz against using the words "Lipski" and "pipe" when dealing with the media.
If the attack was seen inside the gates, maybe 10-15 minutes earlier than currently believed, then he would of course have no issue identifying Liz. Or the peaked Cap. Id just add on point three that Hutchinsons tale took Abberline too...where did that lead?
I believe that Abberline among all the other policeman on foot in the area had a personal stake in catching this killer or killers. This was where he earned his stripes, where they gave him a cane in appreciation for his service to the local community, where he trailed his early Fenian arrests.
The killer(s) was working his turf, so to speak.