5 January 2020 - Christmas didn't quite go as I was expecting. At 3pm on Christmas Eve I received a telephone call from Lord Orsam's personal assistant telling me I needed to catch a flight that evening to Brussels and then make my way to the Hotel Metropole where Lord Orsam was hosting an international conference into solving the world's problems. I had to quickly say goodbye to my wife and children, letting them know that their father was going to be busy working this Christmas but maybe next year we'll all be together. While they were bawling their eyes out, I managed to hurriedly pack a suitcase with a few clothes and catch a taxi to the airport. I was deep in thought during the journey. I'd been told I was required to book my own flight and reclaim the money on expenses but the Orsam organisation has an online expenses portal which is difficult to use and frequently crashes, and I've never managed to successfully reclaim any expenses while working for them. This was on my mind during the flight but I figured that I could at least send my children off to work if I have any financial problems in the new year, so that's fine. I arrived in Brussels shortly after midnight. Lord Orsam had already retired for the night so I had to wait until after breakfast on Christmas morning for an audience with the great man. But he wasn't quite ready for me so I had to wait until after lunch. Then, unfortunately, he wasn't able to see me after dinner. Finally, he called me into a massive conference room while he was saying goodbye to various world leaders. I was half-expecting he would have a Christmas present for me but it turned out that, in his impressively efficient way, he wanted to get straight down to business. "Ah, you" he said, doing that charming thing where he pretends to forget my name, "Could you let all my fans know that the next update to the website will be on 26 January". "Right, okay", I said, 'Is that all you wanted to tell me Lord Orsam?" "Yes, you can go now", he said casually. I'm ashamed to say that, at this point, something in me snapped and I reacted like a spoilt child, saying in a voice a few decibels louder than it needed to be, "But Lord Orsam you could have told me that over the telephone!" Suddenly the sparkle in Lord Orsam's twinkling blue eyes disappeared and, in an instant, those same eyes became the darkest shade of black I have ever seen. His face went a deathly pale white and I even fancied I could see steam coming from his head. "If you ever speak to like that again', he said in the most menacing tone you could possibly imagine, "I'll have you thrashed to within a millimetre of your life". I lowered my head. What had I done? What had I said? He was correct, of course, as always. My outburst of temper was appalling. Especially on Christmas Day itself; the day of goodwill to all men. "I'm so very sorry Lord Orsam" I grovelled, "I really don't know what came over me". "Leave now" he said without looking at me, and I sloped off back to my hotel room to collect my luggage. It was, as you might imagine, a miserable journey for me on the night flight back. But I knew I had important work to do. As I'd left the hotel, Lord Orsam's PA had given me a number of tapes dictated by his Lordship which I've been typing up for the website since my return on Boxing Day. It all sounds amazing and Lord Orsam's analysis of the 10 April 1999 Cloak & Dagger meeting is extraordinary. Definitely worth waiting for. The next update then will be on 26th Jan. See you then and if, in the meantime, anyone knows what "Error Code: F75 - Receipts not properly attached" on the Orsam organisation's online expenses portal means, could they please email me to let me know, thanks!
24 November 2019 - For anyone who has been waiting to hear what Lord Orsam is saying now, just go straight to the latest episode of the incredibly popular Lord Orsam Says.... Then you will no doubt want to read the latest new article, Who Was the Worst Jack the Ripper Writer?
27 October 2019 - Some new articles have been uploaded today. You can start, if you like, with the ever-popular Lord Orsam Says... or, if you want to go straight for the Maybrick Diary meat, you can find a response to the second edition of Robert Smith's book at Not True, Funny How It Seems which has a number of accompanying sub-articles: Off and On Again, One Off Expressions, and Wescott Confidential. If you're interested in the Maybrick Diary you must also check out the updated version of Pillar Of Sand which contains three updates (clearly indicated in blue font) under the headings: '9a We All Hate Dutton', 10. Don't Panick Mr Maybrick! and, briefly, under 'SECTION E PROVENANCE'. You also shouldn't forget Lord Orsam versus The Dictionary. Finally, and for something completely different, check out A49301 (for a temporary period only!).
8 September 2019 - Six new articles from Lord Orsam today. I'm particularly pleased that his Lordship has decided to continue his popular 'blog' page with a brand new Lord Orsam Says.... Then we have three Lechmere related articles: A Look Under The Barnett, Crossing The Line and News Of The Ooze. Next we have a Maybrick related article in A Frequenting Occurrence and, finally, some Sickert related talk in Cornwell's Patsy.
20 August 2019 - Well Lord Orsam certainly has been busy over the past eight days and is today publishing no fewer than four new articles. Wow! The first is a 'blog' response to what has been posted around the forums since his last articles in Lord Orsam Says... . Next, we find a new article about the Lechmere/Cross name issue in A Bee In His Barnett. Then Lord Orsam turns his attention to The Five - that's The Five Feldman Questions of course in The Five......Feldman Questions. Finally, Lord Orsam is keenly aware that some members of the JTR community struggle with long articles and, on the one year anniversary of his explosive departure from the Casebook Censorship Forum, he has helpfully written for them a short one page beginner's guide to that departure entitled From Commissioner to Asterisk: A Beginner's Guide.
12 August 2019 - Two new articles and two updates to existing articles are published today. The first new one is A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To JTR Forums. The second is entitled The Eleven Days. I've also updated Some Thoughts, under the heading 'New JTR Suspect Identified!', and Send In The Clowns too (at the foot of the page).
6 August 2019 - I've published a reply to some online responses to 'Pillar of Sand' in Send In The Clowns. For the technologically troubled, who find the articles on this site too small, you will have a Zoom button within your browser and all you need to do is enlarge from 100% to 150% or 200%, or more, and you can make the articles fill your entire screen if you wish! Isn't technology amazing? For those who don't like the standard fonts and colours on here (which won't be changing - this site is a triumph of content over form!) it's really very quick and easy to copy and past any articles into a Word document and then change the font, font size and font colour to anything you choose, if that will make your reading experience more enjoyable. It's then possible to convert that Word document to a PDF if you wish. Wow!
6 August 2019 - Perhaps hidden too well as a link within my 'Pillar of Sand' article, anyone interested in the 17 September 1888 purported Jack the Ripper letter might want to check out the sub-article (perhaps more of an extended footnote) called 'Page 103B' which you can access here.
28 July 2019 - The person who hides his identity online under the name 'Iconoclast' invited me to respond to his article entitled 'Society's Pillar' and I've now done so in my article published today called Pillar of Sand. This should be read together with my sub-article, One Off Article. A further sub-article is linked to, entitled Page 103B.
3 July 2019 - As promised, I've now updated Cutbush City Limits with information obtained from the death certificate of Arthur Nelson Race, the son of Inspector William Race.
29 June 2019 - I have posted a new article called Cutbush City Limits which responds to an issue raised in Simon Wood's book, not dealt with in my Reconstructing Jack articles. There is also a short vaguely related sub-article called Druitt Extra. In addition, I have added two major sections to Re-Reconstructing Jack. Both sections are in easy to find light blue font and are located under the headings 'STRIDE' and 'LINKING THE MURDERS' respectively. I hope you enjoy them.
9 June 2019 - Visitors to this site will no doubt be aware that in March 2016 I published a response to Simon Wood's 'Deconstructing Jack' called 'Reconstructing Jack', an article that was cited by the Daily Bulletin here, in which David Allen refers to my 'lengthy rebuttal online that calls his thesis "elaborate balderdash"' and provides a link to the article. I promised at the end of my 2016 article that I would keep watch on any future editions of Wood's book and I finally now keep that promise with a response to the 2017 edition in a new article entitled Re-Reconstructing Jack.
25 May 2019 - New articles have been added to this site today. They are designed to be read in the order outlined below (but feel free to select whichever ones you want to start with). Firstly, for anyone interested, I explain the reasons for my resignation in August 2018 from the Casebook Forum in From Commissioner to Asterisk. After I resigned from the Forum, and following the unusual behaviour exhibited in one of the threads by the author and Tumblety 'expert' Michael Hawley, I decided to focus closely on Hawley's published works. I was truly shocked by what I found, as set out in Hawley's Howlers. This leads on to my analysis of The Euston Incident. I've also transcribed key portions of an interview Hawley gave to Jonathan Menges in a a so-called Rippercast which I prefer to call the Howlercast. Whatever you do, don't miss The Howlercast Part 2: The Twelve Constables in which we see how Hawley tries and fails to defend the inclusion in his books of statements relating to the notorious issue of the 12 constables who were supposed to have been assigned to two major London railway stations to catch Tumblety. It's absolutely astonishing. Part 1 of the Howlercast, incidentally, can be found here. In total there are 16 new pages uploaded today including some sub-articles and footnotes to the main articles above. These are linked to from the main articles. You probably won't be able to read everything in one sitting but I do hope you manage all 16 pages.
10 May 2019 - Hi, I added one new article to the site last weekend which is Being Fair to Fairfield.