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The Community's Collective Wisdom "Scotland Yard was really no wiser on the subject than it was 15 years ago.."-F.G.Abberline,1903. The question is...are we ?

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Old January 17th, 2015, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default 127 Years Of Memorable Case Related Statements

This thread will serve as a repository of sorts for comments made about The Ripper, the murders, all the concomitant hoopla, plus anything else you've read that you think merits posting.

Please send me the quote or statement in a private message and I will be glad to post it.

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Old January 17th, 2015, 03:43 PM   #2
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I find this one of some interest....if you do too, set up a thread for discussing the point in Wilson's statement you feel needs further examination.

From 'The Mammoth History Of Murder' by Colin Wilson ( 1990 & 2000 ), Carroll and Graf

It originally appeared in A Criminal History of Mankind ( 1982 )

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Crime is renewed in every generation because human beings are children ; very few of us achieve anything like adulthood ; But at least it's not self-perpetuating, as human creativity is.

Shakespeare learns from Marlowe, and in turn inspires Goethe. Beethoven learns from Haydn and in turn inspires Wagner. Newton learns from Kepler and in turn inspires Einstein. But Vlad The Impaler, Jack The Ripper, and Al Capone leave no progeny. Their 'achievement' is negative, and dies with them. The criminal also tends to be the victim of natural selection- of his own lack of self-control. Man has achieved his present level of civilization because creativity 'snowballs' while crime, fortunately, remains static.
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