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Old February 5th, 2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Old February 5th, 2018, 10:16 PM   #2
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The original jury, without benefit of modern forensic science, found him guilty but recommended mercy because of conflicting medical evidence. The judge apparently could not allow this so the jury voted guilty with no recommendation of mercy. I always felt the trial was to some degree unfair and it is part of the reason that I believe the police and legal authorities of the day had a list of possible JtR's and they made sure every one of them was neutered and accounted for. Bury was hanged. Whoever-Polish-Jew-Kosminski was in an asylum. James Kelly and Tumblety were in North America. Druitt drowned. Etc.

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Old February 6th, 2018, 07:31 AM   #3
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Absolutely bonkers verdict. The man confessed! Reminds me of all that silly business trying to portray Crippen as innocent a few years back.
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Absolutely bonkers verdict. The man confessed!
At first, but then he changed his story/plea. Whilst I think it likely that Bury was responsible for Ellen's death, the confession in and of itself doesn't guarantee that he was. False confessions are hardly unheard of.
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Old February 6th, 2018, 08:24 AM   #5
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No he didn't. Bury verbally confessed to the Rev E Gough, and then again in writing on 22nd April 1889, a few days prior to his hanging and obviously after the guilty verdict had already been handed down. Of course he was guilty.
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