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ARTICLES

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 later in 2018 so please do check back then when they will be added to this list.

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.

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 Thompson’, 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.

More articles will follow.