I think the killer worked in near darkness and that the victims were killed where they were found. He only had to be able to see what was within a couple of feet of him after all. There was also the added advantage of his own near invisibility. By that I mean that it's much harder to see someone when you are looking from light into darkness than it is to see someone when looking from darkness into light. If the killer can somehow manage to work in a dark place then anyone approaching, even if from somewhere which is only slightly lighter, will be more clearly visible to him than he is to them.
I do not see Harvey's contribution as of any significance.
He estimated his arrival at the Mitre Sq. end of Church Passage at 1:41 or 1:42 (18 or 19 minutes to 2.00).
I believe the value of this statement may lie in the possibility that he never actually made that pass through Church passage at that time, and that's the reason he didn't catch the man while he was still by the body.
Maybe that's what led to his drinking and subsequent dismissal.
A butcher, working early hours before a day of business, may have become adept at producing cuts in the dark. Or, to bang on about my fledgling - less than half baked - supposition. I have considered ritual, "muti" style killing in JtR's methods and wonder if a muti practitioner, used to working without any form of light, may also have been possessed of so macabre a talent?