Private Communications

Posted: December 11, 2009 in Other Ripper Research
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
 SOME UNAUTHORISED PEEPS INTO THE LETTER-BAGS OF THE WEEK.
 
TO SIR HENRY SMITH, EX-COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, FROM SIR ROBERT ANDERSON, K.C.B., LATE HEAD OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT.
 
DEAR SMITH, –
 
Your volume of reminiscences is very interesting, especially where you explain how the police didn’t capture Jack the Ripper.
But take warning. We Scotland Yard men have given some hard knocks in our time, and the people we dealt with have still a little kick in them.
Keep to Ripper stories, and the worse you will do will be to make Dr. Forbes Winslow rush into print. Don’t tell your other doings, or you may get into a mess like I did when I told the secret history of the Parnell Commission. – Yours truly,
                                                                                                                   R. ANDERSON.
 
Source: Penny Illustrated Paper, Saturday, October 15, 1910, Page 487, Issue 2577
 
 
 
TO INSPECTOR DEW, CANADA, FROM DR. FORBES WINSLOW, HAMPSTEAD.
 
DEAR INSPECTOR, –
 
Pardon my taking this opportunity of crowing over you. You and I are interested in criminals. You think you are very clever in your search for Crippen. My great interest in life is "Jack the Ripper," who is a kind of a bee in my bonnet, and whom for many years I have been tracking.
But note this difference between us. With all your good fortune you will only capture one Crippen, while through a long and honourable career I have tracked down at least fifty real and original Jack the Rippers, and could lay my hands on a dozen at the present moment if only the absurd police would arrest them. Come and see me when you get back. I believe I have again located John. – Yours, with best wishes,
                                                                                                                       FORBES WINSLOW.
 
Source: Penny Illustrated Paper, Saturday, August 6, 1910, Page 167, Issue 2567
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