18 September 2021
I'm often asked about the origins of Orsam Day. Readers may or may not be aware that Orsam Day has a long tradition going back to 1374 when the Second Earl of Orsam declared various days during the year to be "Ye Speciale Daye of Orsamme" by which the peasants in the county of what was then called Orsammshire were given an entire day off work in order to allow them to advance their education by reading parchments. It was such a success that Orsammshire entirely avoided the Peasants Revolt seven years later and, in fact, historians have recently discovered that the Earl of Orsam's peasants voluntarily offered to increase their payments to the Earl, although he told them that doing so was entirely unnecessary (but he still, it seems, took their money). It's true that Orsam Day once had it's dark side, due to a later fifteenth century custom of a ritual burning alive of the Village Idiot, but that custom only lasted about 250 years, until the middle of the eighteenth century, when the practice was stopped and replaced by the sacrifice of a goat. Today, Orsam Day is, of course, very different but no less anticipated by the grateful populace and, in that respect, I wish you a very Happy Orsam Day!
Today we have an unprecedented situation in that Lord Orsam has, out of the goodness of his heart, contributed no fewer than TWO of his extremely popular and much loved 'Lord Orsam Says...' articles, Part 16 and Part 17, because he found there were so many things he needed to respond to that one article would have been too long. In addition to this, there are three separate spin-off articles responding to three individual Forum posts, namely: Inside Story of #6301, Inside Story of #6392 and Inside Story of #6801. I should warn you that some of these articles contain appallingly bad language, an issue I raised at a personal meeting with Lord Orsam who responded with such a string of obscenities, telling me that I was "a f***** prudish w***** c*** who'll be k****** in the t***** r*** e***** until you f****** u****** on a p*****" (some of which words I'd never even heard before), that I burst into tears and fled from his presence. I immediately realized I was wrong to question Lord Orsam's choice of language, although frankly I think his articles would have been better without all the swearing, not to mention the silly insults and childish name calling, but you didn't hear that from me.
Furthermore, for those interested in Lord Orsam's responses to the endless Forum posts about probability and coincidence, Lord Orsam separated those entries out into a separate article for you which he's called It's a Lottery!. Those who couldn't care less about the diary can avoid that. Also, for those interested in subjects other than the diary, here are two more short articles in the long running 'Whitechapel' series: Butcher of Whitechapel and Denizens of Whitechapel.
And the next Orsam Day has been officially declared to be on 20 November.
22 May 2021 - I'm reminded today of that traditional poem which I'm sure you're familiar with:
This Orsam Day we have what I believe is the very first 'Lord Orsam Says...' to contain not a single mention of the Maybrick Diary!!! It's guaranteed diary, and indeed dairy, free (although, warning, it may contain nuts). To compensate, for those suffering from diary withdrawal symptoms, Lord Orsam brings you his promised World Exclusive article about conspiracy theorist author, Simon Wood, Simon Wood If He Could, which does touch upon diary matters, and reveals incredible information almost certainly unknown to Mr Wood himself. The main article this Orsam Day, however, is Lord Orsam's Big Coroner's Inquiry Inquiry which should be read in conjunction with Lord Orsam Says...Part 15 (the aforementioned diary free article) because they overlap to a certain extent. The anticipated transfer of this website from Webs to Vistaprint, incidentally, has been postponed, for reasons outside of Lord Orsam's control, to 30 June, and whether that will be the end of orsam.co.uk remains to be seen. But, if we are still here, Lord Orsam, who will be taking a well-earned summer break, has graciously condescended to fix the next Orsam Day as being 18 September.
20 March 2021 - Happy Orsam Weekend (as people now seem to be calling it)!!! After the resounding success of his 'Dig in the Archives', Lord Orsam has succumbed to public pressure and embarked upon A Further Dig in the Archives, now covering the period from 2008 onwards. This is broken down into ten separate sub-articles (you lucky people!) and if you start at the first one you can click your way through all of them. Lord Orsam also expresses his views on Christer Holmgren's new book, or more accurately a part of the book, in Breaking Point. In addition, Lord Orsam has some strong words in Lord Orsam Says...Part 14, not suitable for children. The next Orsam Weekend is planned to commence on Saturday, 22 May. As a little teaser, I can tell you that, in the next update, should we get to it, Lord Orsam will be revealing some exclusive information about Simon Wood and the Maybrick diary that Simon Wood himself is almost certainly unaware of. How about that for excitement? One other thing, later this month, this website is being transferred from its current website builder, Webs.com, to Vistaprint, and there may well be changes - bah! - in the format of this site. Lord Orsam doesn't actually like change - who does? - so he hopes we will get to the next Orsam Weekend without him walking away in a big fat strop.
16 January 2021 - Welcome to the first Orsam Day of 2021! Yes, before you ask, we most certainly do have a brand new Lord Orsam Says.... Of course we do, it's part 13 of the series, and overflowing to such an extent that Lord Orsam had to create two overflow articles: Bunny's Friend Redux and Item Not As Described. But the main article this Orsam Day is the long awaited result of Lord Orsam's deep dive into the diary text which he sets out in Forging A Victorian Diary. That's it for now. Let's have the next Orsam Day on the 20th March, shall we?
14 November 2020 - Happy Orsam Day to you and your family! Lord Orsam has been digging about in the archives recently and has found some treasure. Read all about it in the the main article: A Dig in the Archives. Naturally there is a brand new Lord Orsam Says... (twelfth edition) and, although Lord Orsam has put his promised deep dive into the text of the Maybrick diary back to the next Orsam Day, he's offering a bonus article this Orsam Day: Tales of the Unexpected. And that's actually it from Lord Orsam this year. The next Orsam Day will be on 16 January 2021. Exciting!
19 September 2020 - Happy Orsam Day everyone! And what a MASSIVE Orsam Day it is. There's so much incredible material for you. Let's start with the main article Silence of the Anne containing exclusive new information about the distribution (and purpose) of Mike Barrett's affidavit. Accompanying this article is Anne and Keith in a Tree... although Lord Orsam has asked me to point out that no kissing, or any other form of physical contact, is implied or suggested by the title of this article! Continuing with the Maybrick diary theme, we have That Little Red Diary which is an important article about Mike Barrett's purchase of the 1891 diary. You've probably already spotted the extraordinary new and bizarre cult of diary denial sweeping the Forum and Lord Orsam writes about it in The New Cult of Diary Denial. Then we have The False Inside Story which details a rather embarrassing error about the contents of her own book by one of the authors of 'Inside Story' which also ties in with 'Silence of the Anne'. No Orsam Day would ever be complete without the people's favourite Lord Orsam Says... and, in the eleventh part of the series, Lord Orsam, as usual, has a LOT to say, including about bumbling buffoons. There's even two overflow articles from 'Lord Orsam Says...' which are The Inside Story of Post #6135 and The Inside Story of Post #6143. Next we have a big series of articles in response to the responses to Lord Orsam's groundbreaking 'Bunny's Aunt'. So we have as follows:
And then what might have been labelled Lord Orsam's Responses 5, 6 and 7 but, for reasons best known to his Lordship, are not formally numbered as such:
And I think that's it. What a juicy amount of new articles for you. All free from Lord Orsam! In fact, there's so much material in this update that Lord Orsam has asked me to postpone one article intended to be published today to the next update.
One more thing. Lord Orsam is frequently mentioned in online posts but his name isn't always spelled or written correctly and he's asked me to announce that, for all quotations on this website which refer to his name, he will, if necessary, change the spelling to the correct form, with the correct title, without any further notification or indication that he's done so.
1 August 2020 - Happy Mini Orsam Day! So how could James Maybrick have made a basic mistake in his personal diary about his wife's family, which exact same mistake was also (but, in truth, for the first time) made by a lawyer with no knowledge of his family, some two months after his death? The answer is that he could not possibly have made such a mistake, thus proving the diary to be a fake, not written by James Maybrick. Read all about in the much anticipated Bunny's Aunt. Oh, and Lord Orsam has asked me to point out that this isn't even the first mistake identified in the diary, nor the second or third (because 'one off instance', the mistake about Kelly's breasts and the error regarding the missing key are all mistakes which prove the diary to be a fake too). Now that we can turn our entire attention to the question of just who was responsible for forging the diary, this article, which should have been published in the last update, Blackmail, or Mrs Barrett, may be of interest. Naturally, there's a Lord Orsam Says..., tenth edition, and that's got plenty for diary aficionados. As Lord Orsam will be following up on some of the information in this 'Lord Orsam Says...' in the next update he would particularly like to draw your attention to the sections: 'Forging a Victorian Diary', 'A Matter of Timing' and 'The Ignorance of a Diary Defender'. It will be helpful if you absorb those sections in advance of the next update because it will greatly assist your understanding if you've grasped the background. Needless to say, Lord Orsam hopes you will read all the sections with care. Have a great Mini Orsam Day....!!!
18 July 2020 - Happy Orsam Day!!! If you haven't seen it already, may I immediately draw your attention to the Special Announcement on the left hand side of this page which is causing a sensation in the world of Diary Studies. I can tell that you Lord Orsam is feeling very pleased with himself with the discovery that he kindly tells us about in that announcement. But that's for the future. Right now there is absolutely LOADS of content for you. We start, as always, with the latest edition of the people's favourite, Lord Orsam Says.... Once again, it became such a long one that it needed an overflow article which is How to Befuddle and Confuse. For those who can't get enough of Maybrick Diary articles we also have Inside Story of a Sceptical Mind and Dizzy Miss Lizzy. Then, for something completely different, Lord Orsam has finally got around to considering Hallie Rubenhold's book, and you can read his opinions about it in Deconstructing Hallie. Accompanying that article are three short linked articles: Roman Secrets, George Hutchinson Reborn and 14 Millers Court. That's it for now, you lucky, lucky, people but do check back in about a week when we expect to be announcing a date for the already much anticipated Mini Orsam Day as promised in the Special Announcement; and if you haven't yet read the Special Announcement, what's keeping you?
6 June 2020 - Happy Orsam Day! There is plenty, and I do mean plenty, of reading for you today. We start, of course, with the People's Favourite Lord Orsam Says... but this one became so long that Lord Orsam had to create some emergency overflow articles starting with Oh Carolina! which responds to additional posts about the Maybrick Diary by Caroline Morris and then onto The Inside Story of Post #506 which deals with a single post by the same person. We also have Every One's A Skinner being a compilation of the thoughts of Keith Skinner in his own words. For the conspiracy lovers amongst us we have an exciting new overflow feature called Lord Orsam's Conspiracy Corner. Then we have two new articles. Firstly Matching Boxes in which Lord Orsam takes a look at that darned empty tin match box and then, for those not so interested in the Maybrick Diary, never fear because we have Lord Orsam's response to the latest Hainsworth book about Druitt, Bridge Over Troubled Water . That's it for now but, for those asking eagerly when Lord Orsam is going to turn his mind to Hallie Rubenhold's 'The Five', I've heard a rumour from Orsam Towers that his Lordship is working on this right now but whether he will finish in time for the next update is uncertain. Finally, as a public service announcement, in response to a question on the Censorship Forum (#7 in the Dr Timothy R. Kileen thread), Lord Orsam has personally asked me to state that he is not the person who used to post on that forum as 'Dave O'. He does not know who that person is but assumes he him to be a researcher called David O'Flaherty.
27 March 2020 - Two Orsam Days within one week! Why? Because of the complete and utter nonsense Lord Orsam found himself reading in Mike Hawley's latest Ripperologist article, his response to which can be found in Fake Orders, Fake Discovery. Also because of the nonsense on the forums over the past few days, his responses to which can be found in Gary the Clanger and in a special (seventh) edition of the Lord Orsam Says... .
22 March 2020 - What better way is there to pass the time in self-isolation than to read the latest articles from Lord Orsam? But you already knew that, which is why you are here. The main article this time is What the Butler Saw: Archaeology in Mud (Maybrick related) and, of course, we have the latest, sixth installment of the perennial favourite Lord Orsam Says.... In there you'll find a link to a bonus article for anyone who wants to reminisce about the good old days of my dear boy, or girl, Pierre. Happy Orsam Day, and stay safe!
26 January 2020 – Happy Orsam Day! Today we have a new article A Man in a Pub, an analysis of Mike Barrett’s 10 April 1999 interview, for which the word ‘masterly’ has been waiting patiently in the dictionary for hundreds of years to be used to describe. In order to keep his fans happy, and to prevent rioting on the streets, Lord Orsam has also condescended to produce another instalment in the people’s favourite: Lord Orsam Says.... Please enjoy what his Lordship has furnished and remember (as he has instructed me to say on pain of dismissal): No Orsam, No Comment!
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.