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Old 03-23-2008, 09:08 PM
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Personally, I don't agree with the view that the Ripper happened to take the uteri because they were handy in that area where he ripped them up. The Ripper took a number of dfferent organs and body parts from his victims but in two of the cases (Chapman and Eddowes) the womb was taken apart from other stuff - I see that as an important issue.

Sure, two occasions isn't a very well founded base for any speculation about intent or 'pattern', but I see it as important nevertheless. To me the womb appears to have been the main target and then he just grabbed what he got hold of as far as the rest is concerned.

Of course, this doesn't mean that the Ripper needed to be medically trained in any way or that he possessed a great deal of anatomical knowledge besides what a butcher or slaughterer might possess.

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Hi Glenn,

I think that about capsulizes how I see that specific act of his too. And the skill required to complete it. I think it would be very difficult to imagine he had no knowledge of internal workings also, and how he got that knowledge was probably not from a surgical teaching hospital.

It may not be as revealing as a patten in so few cases, but the mere fact that twice he takes an extracted uterus..even in partial form,..probably has some meaning for him, even perhaps to his motives for killing in the first place.

And the fact that one is left behind in Millers Court, already excised, is I believe important in that murder investigation.

A case could be made that Marys Kelly killer hated her. Some of the wounds, and the severity of the wounds to her facial features particularly, allow for that speculation. Is there any evidence in the prior murders that imparts some notion of perhaps his emotional relationship with the victim? Implications of rage, or just sheer madness? Well 3 out of the 5 had kind of the same specific sequencing, similar overall injuries, and the primary area of mutilation was just the abdomen. They just seem to have abdominal cutting, post mortem, as the focus.

But there was one other of the C4 whose wounds might speak to anger or mocking, or him just playing. One other. The one that uses 2 variations of the name Mary Jane Kelly the last 24 hours of her life...and she wasn't "a" Mary Jane Kelly at all. The next one was.

You'll notice that Kate fits in with the Sequencing, and the superfluous cuts. Which raises the interesting question....is it possible the last two, the only ones with truly meaningless cuts..in terms of achieving anything as a result beyond just making those cuts....were victims closer to him personally?

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Old 03-23-2008, 09:13 PM
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I,too, see the "selection" of the utrei as important. Indeed, I agree with all Glenn has said here, except the duality between "main target" and "just grabbed." The problem I have with this duality starts earlier in this thread, with the implicit assumption that JTR either focused on mutilation or organ selection. Clearly, Jack was concerned with mutilating, but does that imply that he wasn't concerned with uteri? It seems that, as Glenn and Michael have said, uteri meant something to JTR. Did they mean more than the thrill of the cut? I'm not sure.

But I do go further and say that for wombs it's not just two cases. MJK's uterus was exracted along with just abut everything else, but to me the fact that it ended up underneath, propping up, her head says something. He doesn't take it, but he leaves it in what I would call a privledged position. He now has time to pick and choose and he chooses to leave Kelly's womb under her head--with one breast and both kidneys. So we are back again to the kidneys, which I think are important to JTR, too. As important as the womb? No, I too think the womb was "the main target"--just like one could argue that mutilation was the main goal. I just feel that one goal doesn't preclude others. There could have been a main goal and yet other goals, a main target and yet other targets.

OH, I don't think that JTR had the skill of a surgeon, just the vision of an owl.

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Hi Paul,

Just to clarify - when I said 'main targets' I meant that I believe the womb to be the main target as far as the organ taking is concerned. I don't necessarily believe the organ taking as such was his main objective for the murders - I believe that was the mutilations.
But in the context of trophee taking, I think the womb was of certain interest to him.

And Happy Easter to you as well.

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Old 03-23-2008, 09:22 PM
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I don't think that JTR had the skill of a surgeon, just the vision of an owl.
...or the fingertip sensitivity and dexterity of you and me
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:47 PM
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Glenn, that was clear: main trophy.

Sam, that isn't clear: I have a "touch" of arthritis.
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Sam, that isn't clear: I have a "touch" of arthritis.
Bah, you guys come back when you have a lack of B12 and B6. I tell you - it's MS and Alzheimer's next.

In case anyone's wondering: I am desperately trying to raise from Constable to Detective.

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In case anyone's wondering: I am desperately trying to raise from Constable to Detective.
Just keep taking the vitamins, Glenn, and you'll soon get there
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I think that these arguments come down to one of two concepts:

1. Either JTR just cut and grabbed as quickly as he could (freakishly fast was the original thought), or 2. he set out to take, in some cases the uterus and in one case, the kidney.

If number one is true, he could have been anyone who had a predilection for murder, cutting, and grabbing.

If 2 is true, and if things were done "freakishly fast", some knowledge (abattoir) may have been necessary.

I opt for 1, but if any part of 2 is true, I might be singing a different tune.

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:03 PM
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Hi Mike,

Personally, I don't think the choice of the uteri was a coincidence, but that's just me. As for the rest of the organs, I assume them to be smash and grab items, especially since many of them appears to have ended up in bad condition or in pieces.
So I would say some kind of combination between 1) and 2).

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No luck yet. Maybe I buy the wrong brand of vitamins.
What's the limit for Detective?

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No luck yet. Maybe I buy the wrong brand of vitamins.
What's the limit for Detective?
I'm not sure, Glenn. Still wincing after my demotion from Commissioner - I feel like Sir Henry Smith, but in reverse.
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Good morning all,

Glenn, I believe its either 125 or 150 posts, so you're due for promotion soon old chap.

I side with you that the uterus in particular, even when only a partial one, was a "prize" to this killer. Its one of the factors I use in assessing Mary Kelly, is there continuity in that respect....and for me it appears that the killer of Mary had no such attachment to that organ. It seems as if her killer knew The Ripper cuts the organ from the body of previous victims....which if he reads wouldn't be a problem...but didnt know what "meaning" it might have held to the real Ripper, so he just placed it like the other bits..here and there. Truthfully if he had taken the uterus, Id be half way to buying Jack as Marys killer.

On the thread title, I really cant see how you could eliminate some skill with a knife, or dismiss the fact that he did take the same organ twice.

Id buy a Butcher....or Hunter....Butcher working on cattle boats...not a Tailor, as Doctor X pointed out well in terms of scissors usage, or a rural man, farmer who comes in at the end of the month to sell goods or cattle.

But I also dont think its impossible that this man had some rudimentary knowledge of surgery.....in which case a Tumblety type might fit the bill. And "Burke and Hare" might not be ludicrous.

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