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In June 1993, a pocket watch was presented by Albert Johnson of Wallasey, Merseyside. The watch has "J. Maybrick" scratched on the inside cover, along with the words "I am Jack", as well as the initials of the five canonical Ripper victims. The watch was examined in 1993 by Dr Stephen Turgoose of the Corrosion and Protection Centre at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, using an electron microscope. He stated:
"On the basis of the evidence...especially the order in which the markings were made, it is clear that the engravings pre-date the vast majority of superficial surface scratch marks...the wear apparent on the engravings, evidenced by the rounded edges of the markings and 'polishing out' in places, would indicate a substantial age...whilst there is no evidence which would indicate a recent (last few years) origin...it must be emphasised that there are no features observed which conclusively prove the age of the engravings. They could have been produced recently, and deliberately artificially aged by polishing, but this would have been a complex multi-stage process...many of the features are only resolved by the scanning electron microscope, not being readily apparent in optical microscopy, and so, if they were of recent origin, the engraver would have to be aware of the potential evidence available from this technique, indicating a considerable skill and scientific awareness."
In 1994, the watch was taken to the Interface Analysis Centre at Bristol University and studied by Dr Robert Wild using an electron microscope and Auger electron spectroscopy. Dr Wild found that:
"Provided the watch has remained in a normal environment, it would seem likely that the engravings were at least several tens of years age...in my opinion it is unlikely that anyone would have sufficient expertise to implant aged, brass particles into the base of the engravings."
Trevor Marriott, a former Bedfordshire murder squad police officer, says he's spent the last 11 years examining the evidence left behind in the cases and, using modern-day police techniques and forensic analysis, he believes a German merchant sailor committed many of the crimes thought to have been committed by Jack the Ripper, but that he wasn't solely responsible.
HLN: Did Jack the Ripper really exist? Marriott:
In my opinion, no. This killer has been singularly attributed to killing all these women, but my research proves that that is not the case. The facts surrounding the case have been totally distorted and blown out of proportion. People mainly believe in the name because of a letter allegedly penned by Jack the Ripper that was sent to the Central News Agency of London. I believe an overzealous newspaper reporter (Thomas Bulling) wrote it. Those letters were signed "Jack the Ripper," and that's where the name came from. But these murders were not committed by one person.
My friend Jack has bad gas when he drinks cheap beer.
Actually, I thought they never knew for sure who Jack the Ripper was.
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S&F sir! Great post...you've touched upon one of my most favorite topics. Curious as to Deeming, especially since, as you said, he did travel the world pretty extensively...there is that curious notion of the murders hitting the US. Coincidental, sure, but it certainly worth a look. Has that been looked into? Whether Deeming, (although he had so many aliasas) has visited the US around the time of the supposed "copy cat" murders?
good post i read up on this years ago and think someone in the know was involved probably someone who had something against -mary ann- a name common for prostitutes at the time someone well read on masonic lore who might be working in a gang with a carrige it was someone with surgical skills and the way the womens entrails were thrown about them suggested ritual .
and the dates that the killings took place places a certain aleister crowley in london at the time and the symbols that were carved into the bodies were masonic JOHN HAMER does some interesting work on this and prince eddy was supposed to have married a catholic street girl after getting her pregnant the woman ann crook was later given a frontal labotomy by the queens personal physician sir walter gull.
lord randolph spencer churchill was alleged to be the leader the FOX hunt and the first three were dealt with in the same way as the three juwes in masonic legend Jubela Jubelo Jublum the murderers of hirim abiff with the entrails thrown over their left shoulders
and the words that were scrubbed away THE JUWES THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING may tell who was responsible but who knows in a unsolved mysteryedit on 3-2-2014 by 999zxcv because: (no reason given)
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i had no idea that it was movie i will need to hunt it down and watch it
stephen knight dead wow i never knew that either he was a good author i have many of his works
Holmes purchased a lot across from the drugstore, where he built his three-story, block-long "Castle"—as it was dubbed by those in the neighborhood. It was opened as a hotel for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, with part of the structure used as commercial space. The ground floor of the Castle contained Holmes's own relocated drugstore and various shops, while the upper two floors contained his personal office and a maze of over 100 windowless rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, oddly-angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors openable only from the outside, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions. Holmes repeatedly changed builders during the construction of the Castle, so only he fully understood the design of the house... After the completion of the hotel, Holmes selected mostly female victims from among his employees (many of whom were required as a condition of employment to take out life insurance policies, for which Holmes would pay the premiums but was also the beneficiary), as well as his lovers and hotel guests. He killed them. Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that let him asphyxiate them at any time. Other victims were locked in a huge soundproof bank vault near his office, where they were left to suffocate. The victims' bodies were dropped by secret chute to the basement, where some were meticulously dissected, stripped of flesh, crafted into skeleton models, and then sold to medical schools. Holmes also cremated some of the bodies or placed them in lime pits for destruction. Holmes had two giant furnaces as well as pits of acid, bottles of various poisons, and even a stretching rack. Through the connections he had gained in medical school, he sold skeletons and organs with little difficulty.
One handwriting expert put the two samples into a computer program that stated there was almost a 98 percent chance that H.H. Holmes’ handwriting matched with an infamous Jack the Ripper letter was a match. The computer program used was one that is owned by the Department of Justice.