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Old November 4th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #11
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ah yes hmmmmm you researchers here are damn clever on this subject (and funny....Cutbush joke! you guys....).....I would write your names in the programme of course (unless there were objections!)

I shall read your ideas with great interest......
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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:25 AM   #12
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Is there a post somewhere herein regarding the possible Knife/(ves) used?
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Old November 5th, 2013, 08:06 AM   #13
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Hi Aidan

You might want to refer to the various inquest reports as there are slight variations in the descriptions of the possible knife used on various victims

In general, it appears to be a long straight knife, 6-8 inches long or more, pointed at the tip, and sharp

Although a number of knives would match this description, such as certain butcher knives, you might be interested in the suggestion of a surgical or post-mortem knife such as the one owned by Donald Rumbelow which apparently has a provenance that suggests it was in the Crime Museum collection at some point or at least it was in the hands of people associated with the museum (pictured below)

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Old November 5th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #14
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Hi Aidan

I wrote a blog posting about the Ripper knife owned by Don Rumbelow. Go to

http://blog.casebook.org/chrisgeorge...rippers-knife/

I'd been invited up to Kingston, Ontario to comment on an alleged Ripper knife owned by collector Steve Santini for a TV documentary. It was a long knife alright but it was a kitchen carving knife made in Sheffield apparently dropped in the street near the Hanbury murder site. I thought it more likely that the actual knife used by Annie Chapman's killer and in the other murders was a surgical knife such as a Tiemann knife.

The knife owned by Mr. Rumbelow is said to be a Weiss surgical knife similar to the knives used in the Phoenix Park murders in Dublin on May 6, 1882. Following is a cartoon from Punch which misleadingly shows a knife like a Bowie knife and not a surgical knife.

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Old November 5th, 2013, 05:50 PM   #15
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Excellent THANK YOU ALL indeed yes it seems more likely to be akin to a Tiemann but let me read more....
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Old November 6th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #16
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Have you thought of keeping the identity of the interviewee from the audience for part or all of the play?
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I watched an adaption of Marat/Sade over the weekend, and maybe the structure could be adopted to other historical events, including the Whitechapel murders.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #18
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Have you thought of keeping the identity of the interviewee from the audience for part or all of the play?
I like that idea, Magpie. The identity of the interviewee could dribble out or be hinted at throughout the play, or else he could remain utterly mysterious. But a bit of character development / revelation could work as well, and probably would be needed. But at any rate not, perhaps, reveal the name of the suspect immediately could be a way to go. Just kicking around some ideas.

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Ah yes indeed in fact there is no reference to who He actually is in the play! He is just called The Patient
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Ah yes indeed in fact there is no reference to who He actually is in the play! He is just called The Patient
Good. In fact, the essence of the Ripper is that he is mysterious, so that fits with the truth about the killer -- we may never know who he is. Making him The Patient and not revealing who exactly he is could work very well. It helps to make him more believable.
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