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Friday, 23 February 2018

Dr Crippen and Cora visit Mersinger family C:1890's.

Back row: Crippen, Theresa, Frederick jr, Katie, Antoin Schmidt
Middle row: Cora, Mary, Louise, Fritz, Julius
Front row: Anthony, Bertha

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Summons to attend Dr Crippen's autopsy.

Summons to Dr Alexander MacBeth, Surgeon General, dated 23rd November 1910. The summons is to appear as a juryman at the inquest into Crippen's death at Pentonville Prison at 2pm, to 'enquire on the King's behalf touching the death of Hawley Harvey Crippen'.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Jewes. The Goulston Street message

More definition and meaning of the message.

Jewes. Judgement.Variant, juise, obsolete,.
Forms iuise, iewes. L Judicium – judgement and a later and further form, judgement, doom; a judicial sentence, or its execution: penalty. The compact edition of The Oxford English Dictionary. Text Produced Micrographically, Vol 1.

Jewes, -esse
var. juise Obs., judgement.
Juise n. Of. juise. L. judicium. See {Judicial}.]Judgment; justice; sentence. [Obs.] 1913 Webster
On pain of hanging and high juise. Chaucer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Jewes is a from a group of Indo-European languages. The Indo-European Language Association. The Indo-European Etymological Dictionary.
Jewes means Law. It is pronounced as it is spelt.


The message therefore is: The law are the men that will not be blamed for nothing. But law has something else too Judgement – judge, jury and executioner?

The man who wrote that message came armed with chalk – he didn’t just find it in the gutter and compose a cleverly worded conundrum that would take more than a century to decipher. He knew what he wanted to write, and he wanted to connect the message to the crime scene. The police at this period, handily, carried chalk. Without the ripped cloth, tying it the the corpse by its apron strings, and Long's remarkable interest in the rag, that message would have remained unnoticed and ignored.

He ripped the apron from Eddowes, and thereby literally introduced us to the Ripper? First use of 'Jack the Ripper' on Dear Boss letter dated 25th September. The letter was posted to the Central News Agency on 27th September 1888, and forwarded to Scotland Yard on 29th September. Eddowes died in the early hours of the 30th September. 

14th October 1896, eight years after the first letters, a fresh Jack the Ripper letter was received through the post at Commercial Street Police Station.

"Dear Boss," it began, 'you will be surprised to find that this comes from yours as of old Jack the Ripper. Ha Ha. If my old friend Mr. Warren is dead you can read it. You might remember me if you try and think a little. Ha Ha ..."

Much in the same vein followed, liberally sprinkled with words and phrases cribbed from the original communications but not in the same handwriting. The writer explained that he had just come back from abroad and was ready to resume his work, and he concluded with an enigmatic reference to the writing found in Goulston Street.

'"The Jewes are people that are blamed for nothing." Ha Ha. have you heard this before." It was signed 'yours truly. Jack the Ripper."

Strange, how the author insisted on the, by then, discounted jewes spelling.

More Goulston Street.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

James Munyon 'There is hope badge'.

James Munyon employed Dr Crippen. Conjures up an image of Dr Crippen writing his prescriptions with this 'There is Hope' badge pinned to his lapel - obviously little hope for Belle Elmore.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Thursday, 15 February 2018

A gift from Cora Crippen to Vulcana

This fine white metal filigree floral brooch, belonged to Cora Crippen, wife of Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen. This brooch was given to Kate Williams by her close friend Cora Crippen a few months before she disappeared.

Kate Williams and William Hedley Roberts were a Strongman act that appeared under the name of Atlas and Vulcana. 
In 1910 Kate Williams was the first to alert the Police to the disappearance of her friend Cora Crippen ultimately leading to the investigation, arrest and execution of Dr Crippen. 
Provenance:This item was removed from Albion House, New Oxford Street by the Grandfather of the Vendor and has remained in family ownership for three generations. Crippen worked at these premises for Munyon's, a homoeopathic medicine company, and then took over the Munyon's office on a franchise basis. He failed to halt Munyon's decline and ended his sixteen year relationship with the firm on the 31st January 1910.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Goulston Street message


Jewes Interpretation:Translation jewes, jewes, -esse var. juise Obs., judgement.[1]
Juise — Ju*ise , n. [OF. juise. L. judicium. See {Judicial}.] Judgment; justice; sentence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Up [on] pain of hanging and high juise. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. Modern.
A GRAMMAR OF MODERN INDO-EUROPEAN Third Edition Jewes - diks : Judge.

If the Ripper wrote the Goulston Street message, then he's either blaming the 'law' (police), and/or proclaiming himself, judge, jury, and executioner.

Interestingly, police constables of the period would carry chalk.

Goulston Street wall.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Tattooed Jack the Ripper

Interestingly, two of his tattoos are Mary and Polly - but they're common enough names at that period...

Monday, 12 February 2018

Joseph Mackomacke

Joseph Mackomacke, Cora Crippen's biological father. Listed as a nail-smith in the 1875 Boston directory.