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THE CLANGER'S LAIR

The Clanger has created a devilish lair to entrap the unwary. 

On 28 September 2021 he claimed to have made an 'interesting discovery' which, he said, was tempting him 'to become a fully-fledged member of the CAL is guilty brigade' (#2373 of 'Evidence of Innocence').

Just as he's been sucking up to the Diary True Believers over many years, so the Clanger has spent many years sucking up to the Lechmere True Believers while not believing Lechmere to be guilty (until now). Don't ask me why, perhaps he just wants to be popular, considering that so many people seem to dislike him. 

Anyway, the Clanger's latest amazing Lechmere 'discovery'  has turned him towards being a True Believer brought all kinds of *wows*, *goshes* and *amazings* from the usual crowd but what did he actually discover?

The answer is: nothing!!!

What he's actually done is no more than find corroboration of what was stated in an article from the Pall Mall Gazette that he spotted five years ago, in 2016.  That article said that, as at September 1889, there was 'a cat's meat shop at the corner of Backchurch Lane'.  What he's now found from a notebook of one of Booth's researchers from October 1887 is that, well, there was a cat's meat shop at the corner of Backchurch Lane!

It was in a shed at number 6-8 Backchurch Lane.

So he's identified the precise location of the cat meat's shop.  How does that impact for one second on the guilt of Lechmere?

Er...

Well in  #11 of his ludicrously titled "Charles Lechmere's Lair?" thread, he tells us:

'I'm racking my brains to think of anyone case-related who was geographically connected to the area and might have been involved in the cat's meat/horse flesh business'.

Even if we assume that it's correct to say that Lechmere 'might have been' involved in the cat's meat business, how does the existence of a cat's meat shed in Backchurch Lane take us any closer towards Lechmere?

I mean, Lechmere's so-called connection with Pinchin Street has always been known, due to the fact that he was recorded as living there as a child in the 1861 census while his mother, Maria, lived there at the time of the 1881 census while working as a dressmaker.  By this time, of course, Lechmere himself was married and was living in James Street.

We have literally no idea how long Lechmere's mother resided in Pinchin Street after the 1881 census.  It might only have been a few weeks or months.  People moved around a lot in the nineteenth century.  Above all, there is no evidence that she ever sold cat's meat while she was living in Pinchin Street.

All that is known for sure is that, at the time of the 1891 census, when she was recorded as living in Stepney, she was making a living as a dealer of cat's meat. Prior to that, in December 1889, three months after the discovery of the Pinchin Street victim, her third husband was recorded as having been living in Cable Street at the time of his death, hence presumably she was too.

So the number of leaps we have to go through to link Charles to the shed in Pinchin Street and thus to the Pinchin Street corpse are extraordinary.

We have to assume that Maria was still living in Pinchin Street in September 1889 and we have to assume that she sold her cat's meat from the shed at the corner of Backchurch Lane.  We have to assume that Charles had some involvement with the shed (due to having supposedly assisted his mother in selling cat's meat for which there is no evidence) and we then have to assume that the shed played some role in the murder of the woman whose corpse was found in nearby Pinchin Street.

Every one of these is a huge assumption for which there is precisely no evidence.

Of course, we also have to assume that the woman whose corpse was found in Pinchin Street was also murdered by the same person who murdered Mary Ann Nichols.  

We are now told that this murderer possibly had a 'lair'. 

One immediately asks oneself:  If the killer of Mary Ann Nichols had a lair in the East End, where he could cut up bodies without discovery, why did he murder her in a dark and open street? 

Another obvious question which presents itself is how the unknown woman from Pinchin Street was lured into the cat's meat shed?   Or are we expected to believe that Lechmere murdered a woman in the street in September 1889 and then, instead of leaving her mutilated body in the street for someone to find (as usual), he decided to carry it from the murder scene into his mother's shed where he decided not to mutilate the body on this occasion but to cut it up (which he hadn't done for the previous murders in 1888) before wrapping up the unmutilated torso and depositing it in nearby Pinchin Street?

We are also expected to believe that Lechmere, on this occasion, when he had the freedom of the shed, showed no interest in the woman's genital area, having previously focused on making cuts in this area with other victims.

It doesn't really make much sense.

So to summarize:

Did we already know of the existence of a cat's meat shop in Backchurch Lane?  YES

Is there any evidence that Lechmere ever visited his mother in Pinchin Street when she was known to live there in 1881?  NO.

Is there any evidence that Lechmere's mother was still living in Pinchin Street in 1888 or 1889?  NO. 

Is there any evidence that Lechmere's mother ever sold any cat's meat from the shed in Backchurch Lane?  NO. 

Is there any evidence of a connection between Lechmere and the cat's meat shed in Backchurch Lane?  NONE WHATSOEVER.

Is there any good reason to think that the murderer of the Pinchin Street victim used the cat's meat shed in Backchurch Lane to dismember the corpse? NO.

Why has the already known existence of a cat's meat shed in Backchurch Lane apparently turned the Clanger from a Lechmere hanger-on who thought he was probably innocent to a full blown Lechmere True Believer?  I HAVEN'T GOT A FUCKING CLUE.

 

LORD ORSAM
24 January 2022
Published: Orsam Day