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Old September 5th, 2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Old September 5th, 2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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Thanks Howard, great stuff!

Which reminds me I still have not sent you that pic of Mac's dishy wife Dora.

I will do that without fail tonight, my time.

If Christabel had not made a copy of her father's alternate version of his filed report, we would have differetn schools of thought about what Griffiths and Sims wrote.

Did they get it from Macnaghten? Their material matches some of the filed version but not all of it; and certainly not the thrust (in the filed version Druitt is a minor, hearsay suspect).

The very fact that she felt a need to make a copy I think shows that she was aware of how much the case meant to her father. He had devoted an entire chapter to it in his memoirs, in which he takes credit for 'laying' to rest the 'ghost' of the murderer. She also did it, I think, because she did not trust (or like) her siblings to protect her father's legacy about the Ripper--and her fears seem to have been realised.
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To be seen to have not failed to solve the Ripper mystery was clearly very important to Macnaghten's self image.
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Old September 6th, 2013, 07:44 AM   #4
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To be seen to have not failed to solve the Ripper mystery was clearly very important to Macnaghten's self image.
A pity you weren't around at the time to tell him who JTR actually was.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 11:34 PM   #5
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Not really, guys.

This is all a bit cliched.

Macnaghten was never publicly associated with the case, let alone its failure, until he outed himself in 1913, to the astonishment of the assembled press. Byt then the case was allegedly a near success for Scotland Yard--thanks to Mac's anonymous efforts.

Macnaghten's bitterness was at Warren blocking his appointment which, he believed, prevented him from having a go at Druitt.

Yet the preface of his memoirs, and Chapter IV, makes it clear that he believed that he had some success against the Ripper (eg. 'laying' to rest his 'ghost').

I think the 'shilling shocker' fiction of CID detectives closing fast upon the mad doctor, in Sims, is what Mac wished could have happened, with himself at the head of the posse.
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Yes Stephen and Time Travel is one of my weak points.
But you can get down to the Whitechapel Ideas Store on 12th October and find out what Mac missed out on! You luckster!
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