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Old 09-23-2018, 09:21 AM
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No not the song by the best rock band ever...

Not seen much chat about the weapon(s) used by Jack. Where multiple weapons identified or did he have a favourite blade?

Wonder what happened to them? I guess they would be a great find...

(Apologies if this has been discussed to death...)
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Couldn’t resist it.

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Nichols inquest: "cuts must have been caused by a long-bladed knife, moderately sharp, and used with great violence"

Chapman inquest: "the instrument used at the throat and abdomen was the same. It must have been a very sharp knife with a thin narrow blade, and must have been at least 6 in. to 8 in. in length, probably longer. He should say that the injuries could not have been inflicted by a bayonet or a sword bayonet. They could have been done by such an instrument as a medical man used for post-mortem purposes, but the ordinary surgical cases might not contain such an instrument. Those used by the slaughtermen, well ground down, might have caused them. He thought the knives used by those in the leather trade would not be long enough in the blade."

Eddowes inquest: "The wounds on the face and abdomen prove that they were inflicted by a sharp, pointed knife, and that in the abdomen by one six inches or longer."

No opinion on the knife offered at the Stride and Kelly inquests, apparently.
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Donald Rumbelow's "Complete Jack the Ripper" has an interesting discussion (and picture) of a post-mortem knife which might at one time have belonged to the Ripper.
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Liston type surgeon's knife seems to meet the parameters of what the wounds are described as.

Which begs the question, if JtR was a butcher or fishmonger, why would he need a surgeon's knife?
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And there was this (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...al-killer.html), which seems to have come to naught.
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As things have kind of slowed, I was having a wee think about the weapon or weapons that Jack may have used. I am assuming that he had these in his possession sometime before he murdered as I have not heard of any stall holder or shop owner coming forward to say that they sold a cache of weapons to someone who looked like they were going to use them. Also there does not seem much to be written about what was used either. It's a pity that the Police and Press didn't publicise this, as it may have jogged someone's memory about having sold such items or having them stolen.

I wonder if Mr John Richardson had knives stolen along with the tools when he got broken into weeks before Annie Chapman's murder?
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Liston type surgeon's knife seems to meet the parameters of what the wounds are described as.

Which begs the question, if JtR was a butcher or fishmonger, why would he need a surgeon's knife?
I don't see why it should necessarily have been a surgical knife when any thin, sharp knife of adequate length would have sufficed. (Incidentally, given the nature of the wounds, I can't quite see why the knife needed to be particularly long. Not short, by any means, but 8" seems somewhat unnecessary.)
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Like everything else about the Ripper it seems as if the knife shape, type or size is still an open verdict.
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I don't see why it should necessarily have been a surgical knife when any thin, sharp knife of adequate length would have sufficed. (Incidentally, given the nature of the wounds, I can't quite see why the knife needed to be particularly long. Not short, by any means, but 8" seems somewhat unnecessary.)
I thought for your V shapes on Eddowes you would have a very long knife involved?

Chapman, Eddowes and Kelly's heads were nearly severed off.
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