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Chris Scott
Assistant Commissioner
Username: Chris

Post Number: 1576
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2004 - 11:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

According to the account of the known facts about Ostrog's life, these are the key features after the Whitechapel murders:
1891: Committed to the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum.

1894: Charged for an 1889 theft at Eton.

1898: Charged in Woolwich for theft of books.

1900: Imprisoned for theft of a microscope at London Hospital, Whitechapel. Known to be partially paralyzed by this time.

1904: Released from prison and entered St. Giles Christian Mission, Holborn. Nothing further is known of Ostrog after this time.

I have seen none of the documentary evidence on which these dates are given (except one, the 1900 microscope theft.)
My question is this. Under what names were these events reported or noted - Ostrog or one of his many aliases? The 1900 incident was reported under the name of John Evest. On what basis is this definitvely identified as Ostrog? The earlier reports that mention Ostrog by name also make mention of his aliases - Clayton, Sobieski etc - but the press reports of the Evest trial make no mention or even hint that this is Ostrog.
Any help on this very gratefully received.

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