Just read this thread and wondered about this chap I found . He was put into Hoxton Asylum on 29th Jan 1889 and let out 29th April 1889. See the notes on his mania regarding Jack the Ripper (2nd)
As it did not give an age I dont know if he is connected to the lad of the same name who was sentenced in 1866 aged 17 at the Old Bailey for raping a Martha Hunt. He was let off death penalty due to his age and given 5 years.
Well the Hoxton chap is certainly not the Walter of "Secret Life" as he would have been dead already.
In my opinion the absolute best information on Jack Saul and the Cleveland Street Scandal is the book authored by Glenn Chandler, The Sins of Jack Saul. His in depth research on the life of Saul and Charles Hammond as well as most of the important people involved in the scandal is second to none. The book was a real eye opener into the life of the "mary ann" (male prostitutes) of the day. There is a lot of intertwining between the Whitechapel Murders and the Cleveland Street Scandal in regard to familiar names.
You're welcome, Jerryd. It is interesting that "The Alienist" was concerned about murders of boy prostitutes in 1890s New York, and that the current drama series is following the book closely in that regard.
I may look into the book about Saul. It is definitely an under-researched area of the Victorian era.
Originally Posted by jerryd
A few years ago I found a reference to a young Thomas Conway that fits exactly to the age of the son of Catherine Eddowes that was a male recruiter working for Charles Hammond. A later reference found by Debra Arif showed this particular young man headed to the east end to find work as a cross dresser. For years I have tried to find if it was indeed Eddowes son but to no avail as of yet. My search goes on.
That is really interesting! Let us know if you do get the proof of a connection.
--------------- Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.