Schwartz and Eyewitness Memory

It is well understood by Ripperologists that eyewitness descriptions often contain inaccuracies, and so it is tempting for researchers to pay little heed to the various descriptions of Jack the Ripper provided by the eyewitnesses in the case.  Memory research is a complex and rapidly evolving area of psychology, and some interesting studies have appeared … [Read more…]

William Bury’s Height

The standard view is that William Bury was 5 feet 3½ inches tall.  This is the height given in Euan Macpherson’s The Trial of Jack the Ripper (1) and William Beadle’s Jack the Ripper Unmasked (2) and these authors are evidently using the February 12, 1889 editions of The Dundee Advertiser and The Dundee Courier, the two newspapers that … [Read more…]

Two Knives and the Double Event

In my post Bury and the Stride Murder, I pointed out that there is statistically only a very remote possibility that Elizabeth Stride was murdered by someone other than William Bury.  If Bury did murder Stride, however, then there are two questions that need to be answered.  The first is why Bury didn’t mutilate Stride’s body, … [Read more…]

Halse, Warren and Bury

The Goulston Street Graffito is potentially an important piece of evidence in the Jack the Ripper case.  It was located in the doorway of a building housing many Jewish residents, and above a piece of apron that had been taken from Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes.   While it is true that chalked graffiti could be found … [Read more…]

Did Bury Pose the Bodies?

In their article, “The Jack the Ripper Murders,” Keppel, Weis, Brown and Welch stated that the signature characteristic of posing was evident in the Jack the Ripper murder series (1).  In their view the Ripper deliberately spread the legs of his victims in order to degrade them and to shock the discoverers of their bodies.  … [Read more…]