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AP Wolf
Assistant Commissioner
Username: Apwolf

Post Number: 2034
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

On the subject of threatening letters.

The last few evenings I have spent trolling through numerous court trials and reports - from the 1860’s to 1900 - where individuals (mostly highly disturbed young men) have sent threatening letters to people in authority.
Noticeable is that such threats are taken very seriously by the police and courts; and that every single case results in the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the offender.
Therefore I am surprised that Thomas Hayne Cutbush was neither arrested, prosecuted or even convicted for the threatening letters he sent to Dr. Brook of Westminster Bridge Road where he threatened to ‘shoot him for supplying him with bad medicine’.
Dr. Brooks had obviously complained to the police concerning these threatening letters, otherwise Macnaghten would not have known about them when he wrote his memo on THC.
One imagines the letters young Thomas penned to Lord Grimthorpe and the Treasury were also of a threatening nature, and that complaints had also been made to the police, otherwise, again, Macnaghten would not have known about them.
The only way that Macnaghten would have had access to this information would be that it was a matter of police record that THC had written such letters.
Thereby THC should quite rightly have been arrested and tried.
But he was not.
Thereby he is the single exception I have been able to find.
Do we see the long arm of the law at work here?
I mean of course, the long arm of uncle Charles?

In 1887, a young man named Maurberger wrote a series of threatening letters to Lord Rothschild (Jan.26th The Times); and the arrest and trial of this highly disturbed young man provides a useful insight into the case of Thomas Hayne Cutbush.

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