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Mike Dash - SHJ (part 4)
If we make the assumption that some, at least, of the 1837-38 reports had some basis in fact, the ‘noble’ theory would neatly explain both the distribution and the sheer fecundity of reports. Such a relatively well-funded group would undoubtedly have had the means to travel from the far west of London to the East End, which in the days before public transport would have been a significant problem for the less well off. (According to one letter writer, ‘It is stated that some individual (‘gentleman’ he has been designated) drives about with a livery servant in a cab, and, throwing off a cloak, appears in these frightful forms’23.) They would also had the time and the motivation to make many appearances, in many different guises. A party of aristocrats might also be assumed to have access to the coat of mail and the bearskin Jack was rumoured to appear in, which any poorer imitators probably would not. Furthermore there are a couple of reports which suggest that Jack did not act alone, and was able to call on the assistance of some like-minded colleagues to carry out his assaults24, which ties in neatly enough with the notion of a group of wild young men out to settle a wager. The disappearance of the original ‘Jack’ in February 1838 might be explained either by the fulfilment of the terms of the bet, or by its abandonment in the face of increased police activity.
reply to post by Gordi The Drummer
What is the big deal if something good is repeated? Use your energy on the political crap that gets put on here.
I get on here everyday yet I don't remember seeing Spring heel Jack.