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I curious if anyone knows how common the spelling of "Juwes" was by the Londoners of 1888 - especially by those in the lower-class East End.

Not too many consider the graffito to be the hand of JtR (from most I've read). However, I've always wondered about the particular spelling of "Juwes".

If it was written before the murders by someone else, how likely would it be that a lower-class Londoner would spell it that way? If I remember correctly "Juwes" is an older and more proper way of spelling that wouldn't be commonly used. Which begs me to think that it was written by an uncommon person that might not be from there area - of who JtR comes to mind (though he probably lived in the area).

How off am I in all this? Perhaps it WAS a common spelling and I'm just not aware. But if it is not than we're looking for an unusual suspect for the writings.

Any help?



P.S. Is it possible that JtR just happened to see the message and thought he'd have a little fun and stir up trouble by purposely dropping Eddowes apron nearby - just for a jolly? Perhaps it was just coincidence?

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