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Old September 9th, 2015, 06:54 AM   #11
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Hi Gary, All,

Interesting thread. Serial killers tend to be very resourceful and will beg, steal or borrow without compunction to provide the kind of creature comforts they feel they so richly deserve. If the individual who attacked Emma Smith and Martha Tabram was a serial killer in the making (which I believe is a good possibility), I have little doubt he would have found the means to live reasonably well and to equip himself with weapons of his choice, regardless of his class.

Because of this animal resourcefulness, I wouldn't expect to find the ripper among the most desperate poor, scratching about every day for a bed, a beer and a bite to eat. That would all be sorted before he allowed himself the luxury of making murder and mutilation a nocturnal hobby. He needed his sleep and to keep up his energy.

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Old September 9th, 2015, 11:43 AM   #12
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Hi Caz,

I couldn't agree more. If Jack had blasted his victims with a pair of matched Purdy shotguns, we might have been able to deduce something useful about his financial situation. But I don't see the (possible) use of a swordstick being indicative of anything more than that he was not one of the absolutely destitute. Anyone from a docker to a Duke could have got his hands on one.

The swordstick as a device to tie the two BH murders together and suggest multiple killers from 'different societal strata' doesn't bear much scrutiny.

Neither does the idea that the idea of a story involving a swordstick came to G. R. Sims after he was made privy to inside info on the Tabram murder.

There had been several well-publicised cases of swordstick attacks in the previous year or so. I can't believe they passed Sims by, and it was only when his police contacts whispered 'swordstick' in his ear in relation to Tabram that the lightbulb came on and he immediately wrote a story containing one.

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Old September 9th, 2015, 12:14 PM   #17
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There are more examples, the most obvious ones being the suggestion that Emma Smith was stabbed by a swordstick in April, 1888 and the stabbing of a policeman with a swordstick at a political rally in 1887.

Swordsticks were in the news immediately prior to Tabram's murder.
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Chris,

The top one looks like a firearm of some sort.

I imagine there was a concealed version of pretty much every blade type. So the idea that Tabram could have been stabbed with a swordstick is perfectly valid.

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