You don´t have to run to flee, Gareth. And yes, the dreaded Phantom killer may have silently walked away a minute before Lechmere arrived.
The difference between the two gentlemen is that one existed while the other is - so far - only a figment of imagination.
Once more, what In say is that Lechmere fits the bill. Again. Not that fitting the bill makes him a killer. You have to fit a lot of bills before that happens. Of course, Lechmere fits enough bills for me to accept that he was the killer. That´s my prerogative.
For anyone new reading this thread, for Phantom Killer read Jack The Ripper
“The difference between the two gentlemen is that one existed while the other is - so far - only a figment of imagination.”
How can you accuse people of being misleading with nonsensical statements like that.
"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"
Once you kill, you put yourself at risk, Caz. You seem to think that you can kill with no risk at all?
I don´t think the police ever contacted Pickfords. They certainly don´t seem to have checked Lechmere in the records, and that is indicative of a lacklustre interest in the carman.
Could he have banked on such a thing?
Could he have had a plan B?
Would it have worked?
We don´t know.
What sort of plan B?
It's not the risk factor I'm talking about here.
It's the flat contradiction of the two arguments that makes no sense, Fish.
Argument A: He calls himself Cross so those who know the paths he treads and when he treads them will not realise that the man they only know as Lechmere is the Buck's Row witness, and start to become suspicious when each new murder happens along one of those paths.
Argument B: He continues to kill along those paths so he will always have an innocent reason for having been there.
They cancel each other out.
He won't need to prove that innocent reason if the police don't check it. But if they do check, nobody will be able to verify it for him anyway if they don't know him as Cross. If he ever has to admit he is Lechmere, so his employer or whoever can confirm he had an innocent reason for going that way when another murder happened, he is pretty much sunk.
So the reason for sticking to paths that people will associate with an innocent Lechmere, going about his normal business, goes out the window by calling himself Cross.
And the reason for calling himself Cross goes out the window by sticking to paths that people can only associate innocently with a man called Lechmere.
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