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ARTICLES

UPDATED 20 AUGUST 2019

Hello,

Since 2015 I have published a number of articles on this site based on fully original research. 

The full list is below.  I expect to publish some new articles in the coming months so please do check back then when they will be added to this list.  Please note that the capitalized headings below are not links - the links are within the text and in colour.

1. THE SUCKERED! CHRONOLOGY

My first article, or series of articles, was The Suckered! Trilogy, published in May 2015, which finally got to the bottom of exactly what Scotland Yard detectives were doing in North America. It also tells, for the first time, the real story of Henry Labouchere's libel action against Inspector Jarvis of Scotland Yard.  The three articles, listed individually, are:

England Sends Her Spies 

The Third Man 

The Thomas Barton Affair 

2. THE SUCKERED! PLUS QUADRILOGY

The trilogy was followed in September 2015 (and updated in August 2016) by The Suckered! Plus Quadrilogy, a rebuttal in four parts of a response by Wolf Vanderlinden to my Suckered! Trilogy which also debunks a whole host of myths favoured by conspiracy theorists.

Part 1 deals with Robert Anderson and the 'Parnellism and Crime'  and 'Behind the Scenes in America' articles in the Times during 1887, as well as Anderson's relationship with Henri Le Caron, his views on Parnell and the matter of the forged Parnell letter.

Part 2 deals with allegations of collusion between the Conservative Government (and Scotland Yard) and the Times in respect of the Special Commission. 

Part 3 deals specifically with the allegation of collusion between Scotland Yard and the Times.  It also tells for the first time the real story behind Richard Pigott's flight and suicide in Spain in 1889, debunking the notion that he was assassinated by hitmen from Scotland Yard or that Scotland Yard were not interested in catching him.

Part 4 tells the real story behind the resignations of Charles Warren and James Monro as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in November 1888 and June 1890 respectively, debunking the idea that Warren's resignation resulted from the murder of Mary Jane Kelly and equally debunking the idea that Monro's resignation was connected in any way with the ongoing legal proceedings between Henry Labouchere and Inspector Jarvis.

3. THE MYSTERIOUS DR GABE and THE GYNAECOLOGIST SOCIETY 

Two related articles from early November 2015, The Mysterious Dr Gabe and The Gynaecologist Society responding to the suggestion of Simon Wood that there is 'little doubt' that Dr Gabe attended at Miller's Court on 9 November 1888 because of a child in the property. 

4. ANDERSON AND THE WORLD

On 18 November 2015 I published a series of articles, the first of which was entitled Anderson and the World containing some possible new insights into Robert Anderson's thinking due to his friendship with the editor of an influential journal.

5. FRED JARVIS AND THE SECRET CYPHER

Fred Jarvis and the Secret Cypher reveals the discovery of an interesting new document about secret service spying on Irish Nationalists.

6. TUMBLETY'S BAIL REVISITED

Tumblety's Bail Revisited is an important correction to my article in Ripperologist 144.

7. SOME THOUGHTS

Some Thoughts contains the following, fairly random, sub-articles:
The Escape of ‘Frank Townsend’, New JTR Suspect Identified [N.B. Not to be taken too seriously but still genuine], The Curious Case of the Fake Pensioner
On The Trail of the Bloodhounds, Not So Fixed Points, The Missing Hour, Found!, Reading the Writing on the Wal
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8. THEY ALL LOVE BRUCE

They All Love Bruce contains my views on some of the issues raised in Bruce Robinson’s book, 'They All Love Jack', with sub-articles as follows:
The Disappearing Grapes, The Phantom Night Courts, The Phoney Police Officers, Elizabeth Stride’s Mouth, No Rewards, Police Rewards, Bad Argument Free Postage!, Two Frightened Ladies, The Unlikely Forgery, The Two Bromleys, Letters from Mike, Jack the Singer, The Bent Death Certificates, The Conduit Street Clue, Mrs Briggs’ Something, Excluding Evidence, What Killed James Maybrick?, It Clearly Wasn’t Arsenic, Florence Maybrick’s Secret, Whispering Voices, A Grand Footnote, Operating on the Appendix.

9. RECONSTRUCTING JACK

In March 2016, in Reconstructing Jack, I published my thoughts on Simon Wood's 'Deconstructing Jack' (do you see what I did there?).  This article was cited in a piece about Wood's book on the Daily Bulletin here which refers to my 'lengthy rebuttal online that calls his thesis "elaborate balderdash" '.  Just fancy that!

10. THE ENGLISH DETECTIVE

My response to the claim in a 2016 book by Mike Hawley called 'The Ripper's Haunts' that a Scotland Yard detective chased Francis Tumblety over to New York can be found in my September 2016 article, The English Detective.

11. - THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE SPECIAL BRANCH

October 2016 saw the publication of my article about the Special Branch entitled The Untold History of the Special Branch and the accompanying The Non-Clerical Clerical Branch.

12. A BRIDGE TOO FAR: THE CURIOUS CASE OF MORTEMER SLADE 

November 2016 saw the appearance of my thoughts on a book by Jonathan Hainsworth A Bridge Too Far: The Curious Case of Mortemer Slade, an article which led Hainsworth to state that he would need to make amendments for the second edition (yet to be published and quite possibly now abandoned).  Was Guy Logan's fictional Mortemer Slade based on Montague Druitt?  You be the judge.

13. THE HISTORY THAT NEVER IS

Having been told that Alex Butterworth's, 'The History that Never Was', was a book I should read to discover all about the antics of Scotland Yard in the 1880s, I did so and my December 2016 article, The History That Never Is, is my response to it.

14. THE KNOCK UP

In May 2017 I wrote an article relating to the police practice of knocking up (an activity in which P.C. Jonas Mizen was, of course, engaged when spoken to by Cross and Paul in the early hours of 31 August 1888) entitled The Knock Up together with an associated article about the practice of handing out 'call money' for fires entitled Calling Fire.

15. ROBERT SMITH AND THE MAYBRICK DIARY: THE FALSE FACTS

September 2017 saw the publication of Robert Smith's  '25 Years of the Diary of Jack The Ripper: The True Facts'. Does this book really demonstrate that the diary is a 'genuine Victorian document' as claimed in its advance publicity material?   My response to the book can be found in Robert Smith and the Maybrick Diary: The False Facts Exposed! along with my response to a critic who posted about this article in JTR Forums entitled False Facts: Response to the Muppets.

16. BEING FAIR TO FAIRFIELD

I haven't actually read 'The Five' by Haillie Rubenhold but my response to a comment in a review of her book in the Times can be found in Being Fair to Fairfield.

17. FROM COMMISSIONER TO ASTERISK

I finally break my silence to reveal the hitherto untold story of a secret censorship scandal which led to my resignation from the Casebook Forum in August 2018 in From Commissioner to Asterisk

18. HAWLEY'S HOWLERS

After the quite extraordinary and bizarre behaviour of the supposed Tumblety 'expert' and protected author, Michael Hawley, which is described in detail in 'From Commissioner to Asterisk', I decided to spend some considerable time checking the facts and sources in the entirety of Hawley's published works.  What I found really shocked me. You can see it all for yourself in Hawley's Howlers as well as in all the other articles set out in 19-20 below (including some Bonus Howlers).  Be sure to follow links to sub-articles and footnotes throughout for a complete understanding.

19.  THE EUSTON INCIDENT

Was Francis Tumblety really arrested at Euston station on 17 November 1888?  I look at the facts in my article The Euston Incident.  As above, be sure to follow links to sub-articles and footnotes throughout.

20. THE HOWLERCAST

Broken into parts 1 and 2.   Part 1: Arrest and Flight is amusing but you must not miss Part 2: The Twelve Constables.  It's almost unbelievable.  There can't be anything else like it in the whole of Ripperology.  For the full, true and uncensored facts behind the issue of the 12 constables see 12 Constables: The Evidence They Tried to Ban.

21. RE-RECONSTRUCTING JACK

Could Simon Wood's 'Deconstructing Jack' possibly have got any worse in the third edition?  Find out in my article Re-Reconstructing Jack.

22. CUTBUSH CITY LIMITS

More Simon Wood nonsense exposed in Cutbush City Limits.  See also Druitt Extra

23. PILLAR OF SAND

We're back to the Maybrick Diary in Pillar of Sand, a response to an online article called 'Society's Pillar'.  See also One Off Article.

24. SEND IN THE CLOWNS

More Maybrick Diary talk in Send In The Clowns

25. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO JTR FORUMS

So, a funny thing happened on the way to JTR Forums. Fint out what it was in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To JTR Forums.

26. THE ELEVEN DAYS

A major breakthough in the Maybrick Diary saga explained in The Eleven Days.

27. LORD ORSAM SAYS...

A new 'blog' page from his Lordship in Lord Orsam Says... 

28. A BEE IN HIS BARNETT

Buzz Buzz, it's the first article on this site relating to our friend Charles Lechmere/Cross in A Bee In His Barnett 

29. THE FIVE.....FELDMAN QUESTIONS

What about The Five?  That's the five Feldman questions in The Five......Feldman Questions 

30. FROM COMMISSIONER TO ASTERISK: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE 

On this momentous one year anniversary of 'the departure' you can read all about it in double quick time in From Commissioner to Asterisk: A Beginner's Guide 

More articles will follow soon.

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