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Old 11-24-2018, 10:49 AM
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Assuming for the sake of argument that the police were not completely inept, and if virtually everybody on these boards thinks that Hutchinson's behavior that night was suspicious, why would the police not have had Schwartz and/or Lawende take a look at him to see if he was the man they saw.

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We have no evidence that the police ever suspected Hutchinson. And that is a great pity. Had they done so, and had they brought him face to face with Lawende and Schwartz, we might not be needing these message boards, and could all go back to doing something else with our time instead. The same goes for Joseph Barnett.
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Yes along those lines i think the one the thing the police could have done more is use photography. They could have photographed all the serious suspects and dodgy witnesses to show the witnesses.
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No-one viewed Hutchinson as a serious suspect, or even a dodgy witness.

It may not have been permitted to photograph a witness, or even a suspect. Only when someone was actually wanted or charged with a crime could they publish a likeness, either a sketch or photograph.
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It might just as well be asked why lodging house deputy Frederick Williamson wasn't asked to take a look at Edward Stanley.
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I probably didn't word my original post as well as I should have. If we go with the assumption that the police never viewed Hutchinson as a suspect we have to ask ourselves why? I find it extremely unlikely (although not impossible) that they didn't find his story and his actions suspicious. That would have made him a person of interest. But it seems that he never became a serious suspect. My guess is that their investigation (and I am assuming there was one) somehow cleared him so that an identification by Schwartz and or Lawende was not necessary.

Yes, I know that is a lot of assumptions but I refuse to believe that the police were really that inept.

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Assuming for the sake of argument that the police were not completely inept, and if virtually everybody on these boards thinks that Hutchinson's behavior that night was suspicious, why would the police not have had Schwartz and/or Lawende take a look at him to see if he was the man they saw.

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Might be worthwhile uncovering who Hutchinson really was and his link to Jack the Ripper.

I believe he once had a child living with him,whose parents resided in Primrose Street.

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