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Chris Scott
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Decatur Saturday Herald 12 Jan 1889

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Natalie Severn
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Hi Chris,
Well I think this might have been written by a detective referred to as HL Reeves[written about on another thread only this week].It looks to me like this may be another attempt at fooling the press into thinking he was there to track down the Ripper. Reeves, some seven weeks earlier, had been reported by both the Star in New York 4 Oct 1888 and the St Louis Globe Democrat of Nov 1888 as having given a press conference [strangely though it was "unreported on" I believe by the British press]on why the Whitechapel murderer hadnt been caught.It mostly bemoaned the fact that the British Police didnt have the same powers of arrest as their New York counterparts.see Joe C who has more interesting detail on this.

It seemed to me that this detective was in New York and later St Louis to track Irish/American suspects,not Jack the Ripper Suspects but weapon runners,money launderers,double agents etc----he may have been keeping some watch on Tumblety too regarding his pro /Irish sympathies and possible money laundering,since Tumblety had not long arrived there.
It appeared though ,like he was using the Ripper scare to camouflage what he was really there for-ie Irish Secret Service work.
So its more than possible that just to further deflect from the real reason for an English detective being in New York/St Louis etc
at the time of the Autumn of Terror,he may have used Jack the Ripper press interest and November 1888 purely opportunistically.
I must admit that its here that the Littlechild letter begins to make some sense-------if they suspected that someone with Fenian sympathies like Tumblety, could also have been resonsible for creating the kind of "International diversionary sensation" of Jack the Ripper ...the complete mayhem would result for the overworked Police of the East End.

These besieged police particularly of the East end in 1887/1888/1889,were already "up to their ears" trying to keep surveillance on Irish Dynamitards /agents provocateurs/Home Rule/ Socialists/Anarchists/Jewish radical clubs/Mass Strikers and Demonstrators of all kinds.
Remember, just the year before, the Queen"s Jubilee Dynamite plot had in the nick of time-- been prevented by Monro!!!!!

-----its likely this letter "from JtR "was just some useful little red herring of " H L Reeves"s",----whoever " H L Reeves" really was!


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