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6 October 2019 - So, I was woken at six o'clock this morning from a deep sleep by the sound of the telephone.  It was Lord Orsam's personal assistant. "Come to Orsam Manor immediately", she screamed, "He needs to speak to you urgently.  Get here by lunchtime."  Skipping breakfast, I threw on the nearest clothes and stumbled sleepily into my car, knowing there wasn't a moment to lose. It's a seven hour drive to Lord Orsam's stately home just outside Edinburgh.  Well, I say 'stately home' but it's more of a castle really.  I didn't stop for lunch and arrived shortly after 1.00. Running through the expansive grounds - I'm not allowed to park directly outside the castle - I barely had time to acknowledge Lord Orsam's butler who pointed me to the drawing room where his Lordship was entertaining some foreign dignitaries.  Seeing me, Lord Orsam stood up and came out into the corridor.  "Ah, there you are, finally", he said, "could you add a news update to that website thingy that you do to let everyone know that the next batch of articles will be ready for publication on 27 October. That's all, you can go now.  I'm late for lunch".  I'm ashamed to admit that I was unable to stop the thought crossing my mind that he could have told me this over the telephone.  I didn't bother to think he should have emailed me; Lord Orsam doesn't even know how to turn on a computer.  But, of course, I know better than to challenge Lord Orsam.  I simply bowed and said, "Of course, Lord Orsam. Thank you, Lord Orsam".  I was somewhat disappointed not to be offered any food or drink but I know that his Lordship has far more important things to think about.  I ran to my car, hungry, and drove straight back to London. Arriving home seven hours later, I immediately fell into a state of complete unconsciousness, from which I was roused by the loud ringing of the telephone.  It was Lord Orsam's PA.  "Lord Orsam wants to know why you haven't done the update yet."  "I'm so sorry", I said, rushing to my computer, "I'm working on it now".  So, there we are, the next set of articles will be published on Sunday, 27 October 2019.  Right. Now, I'm off to eat some food.  Oh food!  

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.