But my question is: if we imagine a scenario where Stride is not a Ripper victim, do people think Jack the Ripper would have known about her murder before killing Eddowes? How fast would the news have travelled?
In this scenario JtR would need to be out and about in or near the killing zone in the small hours of the morning, which would suggest that he was looking to kill in any event, regardless of anything he might have heard about another murder. If he had
heard of a killing on 'H' Division, it might explain a decision to move west into the City though.