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Old 05-17-2013, 05:04 PM
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Hi Chris,

Swanson didn't write "he was a Polish Jewish immigrant called Kosminski."

Or if he did, he must have written it in invisible pencil.

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Swanson didn't write "he was a Polish Jewish immigrant called Kosminski."
Obviously Sandell was not entirely accurate in what he wrote. Nevertheless, he did write that Swanson named the suspect. Sandell's article would certainly not be consistent with the theory suggested previously that the final sentence might have been added after 1981 (nor would Jim Swanson's correspondence with the News of the World discussed elsewhere).
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:17 PM
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Hi Chris,

In the absence of the all-important "Kosminski was the suspect", Sandell can only have been told that D.S.S. said "he was a Polish Jewish immigrant called Kosminski," for there is nothing else in the pencilled marginalia to substantiate such a claim.

All I am trying to fathom is why, presented with possibly the revelation of the century, a newspaper reporter would omit the all-important handwritten evidence of an LVP policeman which positively identified a Jack the Ripper "suspect".

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Old 05-17-2013, 06:52 PM
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Sandell wrote:
"The former Detective Chief Inspector Swanson, writing in pencil on the blank page of the book named the man. He said he was a Polish Jewish immigrant called Kosminski."
Mr. Sandell read what Anderson wrote in his book, and what Swanson pencilled in. He then described this in a readable, condensed two sentence statement.

That's what newsmen do. They write with the reader in mind. To make things clear and easy to grasp. Yes he was entirely accurate in how he described it.

Unless, Simon you are aguing that instead, Sandell should have written this so that his readers are supposed to not know this was pencilled into Anderson's book, and therefore nothing in the book has any relevance.

Is that what you are arguing, Simon? Or are you saying that because he did not exactly quote the words Swanson used that there's something wrong with that? When in fact what he wrote is perfectly ok. Or feel free to answer any way you like, Simon. Because I don't get your argument.

I understand what Sandell wrote, I don't understand your problem with it.

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All I am trying to fathom is why, presented with possibly the revelation of the century, a newspaper reporter would omit the all-important handwritten evidence of an LVP policeman which positively identified a Jack the Ripper "suspect".
Given that he'd already said that the suspect was named in the annotations, and that his name was Kosminski, presumably he thought that quoting "Kosminski was the suspect" would be repetitious. It's not as though the parts he did quote were accurately transcribed.
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Hi Chris,

No offence, but that's more of a feeble excuse than a valid explanation.

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Simon

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No offence, but that's more of a feeble excuse than a valid explanation.
Oh well, we'll have to differ on that.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:26 PM
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Hi Chris,

Agreed.

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Just as a point of order, Anderson never mentioned the name Kosminski.
Apologies, Simon. Yes, I should have said Swanson (in his copy of Anderson's book)
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