- as an atheist, to me someone being guided by instruction from above is mentally ill
The first step in any good investigation is, of course, to gather a room full of atheists interpreting religious tracts. At this rate, we'll have the Jack the Ripper case solved in no time. And why stop there? Next, sic the atheists to breaking the Navajo Secret Radio Code used in World War II.
Thankyou tnb.You are quite right.I was not suggesting that Anderson was a lunatic or JtR.
Like you I have some difficulty understanding people who are religious fanatics such as Anderson .
Perhaps Jeff will let us know what his brother thinks about the schizoid characteristics that appear in the intense religiosity of Anderson"s theological writings,such as "The Second Coming of Christ" and Blood Sacrifice etc.
A while ago Howard Brown posted on jtrforums.com an article published in the Butte Weekly Miner on 2 December 1897, which was recently posted again by Chris Scott, and which I have only just read in full: http://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?t=9366
This article is credited to "Ex-Attache", which we know - thanks to the Who's Who in America entry which Simon Wood referred me to earlier - was another pseudonym of Frederick Cunliffe-Owen ("A Veteran Diplomat"), the author of the 1910 New York Times article: http://forum.casebook.org/showpost.p...9&postcount=15
The 1897 article, like the 1910 one, speaks of the practice of detaining the criminally insane at Broadmoor during Her Majesty's Pleasure, and asserts that the Ripper had been detained there: Incidentally it may be mentioned that it was at Broadmoor that the blue-blooded perpetrator of the Whitechapel murders is now admitted by the authorities to have breathed his last, and it is likewise to Broadmoor that will be consigned without trial the well-born and hitherto successful member of the bar whose homicidal mania has now been ascertained by the police to have led him to perpetrate the mysterious murder of Miss Camp, on the Suburban London railroad, last spring, and likewise to put to death in an equally unaccountable fashion a young woman whose body was found some six weeks ago at Windsor. It is probable that his true name will be kept from the public precisely in the same way as that of the author of the "Jack the Ripper" series of murders.
(It's interesting that the Ripper murder is linked to that of Elizabeth Camp, as these two cases would also be linked by Anderson in 1908, and an unnamed "well-known Scotland Yard detective" in 1905.)
Obviously the details given in these two articles are difficult to reconcile. In the 1897 one, the Ripper is supposed already to have died at Broadmoor, but in 1910 he is said to have been sent there "five or six years ago".
A while ago Howard Brown posted on jtrforums.com an article published in the Butte Weekly Miner on 2 December 1897, which was recently posted again by Chris Scott, and which I have only just read in full:
From the reference to the murder of a young woman at Windsor, whose body was found "some six weeks ago", it seems that this article was written in early November. The murder referred to is evidently that of Emma Matilda Johnson, who was murdered at Clewer on the night of 15 September, and whose body was discovered on 20 September [Times, 18 October 1897]. A local man was charged with the murder, but acquitted by the magistrates, and I can't find any mention of further suspects.
I see from the latest Examiner that Jan Bondeson has written a book about "the Boy Jones," one of the supposed Broadmoor inmates mentioned in this article:
Jan Bondeson, Queen Victoria's Stalker: the Strange Story of the Boy Jones (Amberley, 1910).