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photoblog image Farewell Mr Pig

Farewell Mr Pig

Yes Mr Pig has gone to a new home. Sold at our Lions Book Sale recently he looks quite happy at the prospect. The one time shutterchance star has discovered how transient fame is, being sold for a mere 20p

 

I can confirm he was NOT bought by Michael Shaw 

 

By the way. Our Kathryn told me something interesting the other day. 

 

When she was researching for her dissertation for her Master's degree, which was about the press coverage of the Jack the Ripper murders and how it changed over the time of this first serial killer, she looked at regional newspapers. Amongst these was the Worcester Berrows Journal....which is the world's oldest newspaper incidentally, and found a report of a murder in Droitwich a year earlier than the first Ripper murder.

 

In 1888  prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, the first known victim of London serial killer was found murdered and mutilated in the city’s Whitechapel district. London saw four more victims of the murderer during the next few months, but no suspect was ever found.

 

The Droitwich victim was reported to be one Daisy Minchin who was a prostitute well known in the salt making part of the town. Her murder and mutilation was very similar to that of Mary Ann Nichols so begs the question did "Jack" come from or possibly live in Droitwich at one time? Perhaps he went to London to continue his dreadful crimes and then returned to Droitwich never to be caught? I guess we will never know. 

 

Farewell Mr Pig

Yes Mr Pig has gone to a new home. Sold at our Lions Book Sale recently he looks quite happy at the prospect. The one time shutterchance star has discovered how transient fame is, being sold for a mere 20p

 

I can confirm he was NOT bought by Michael Shaw 

 

By the way. Our Kathryn told me something interesting the other day. 

 

When she was researching for her dissertation for her Master's degree, which was about the press coverage of the Jack the Ripper murders and how it changed over the time of this first serial killer, she looked at regional newspapers. Amongst these was the Worcester Berrows Journal....which is the world's oldest newspaper incidentally, and found a report of a murder in Droitwich a year earlier than the first Ripper murder.

 

In 1888  prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, the first known victim of London serial killer was found murdered and mutilated in the city’s Whitechapel district. London saw four more victims of the murderer during the next few months, but no suspect was ever found.

 

The Droitwich victim was reported to be one Daisy Minchin who was a prostitute well known in the salt making part of the town. Her murder and mutilation was very similar to that of Mary Ann Nichols so begs the question did "Jack" come from or possibly live in Droitwich at one time? Perhaps he went to London to continue his dreadful crimes and then returned to Droitwich never to be caught? I guess we will never know. 

 

comments (14)

that is indeed interesting finding.
farewell to Mr Pig, a fitting shot for his finale.
Bill Phillips: I thought so Ayush. It was a little sad to see mr Pig depart
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Apr 2019, 04:37
Perhaps he will become a politician, Bill...he has certainly enough brain power for it.
Bill Phillips: He can sing Old McDonald had a farm so could be minister of Agriculture Ray
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2019, 06:56
Farewell Piggy, I remember you well..

Talking of Jack the Ripper - in our local cemetery is interred painter and actor Richard Sickert. Novelist Patricia Cornwell spent a fortune trying to prove it was he who did the dastardly deeds in London. There is a fascinating TV programme about this quest, which was never proved. It might still be available on BBC iPlayer
Bill Phillips: Don't mention Patricia Cornwell to Kathryn. She will point out all the factual inaccuracies in her book. In fact there is very little evident to link Walter Sickert and her "evidence" is factually inaccurate
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 1 Apr 2019, 07:02
Rather interesting ..though I do remind everybody that it is April 1st
Bill Phillips: Kathryn received a distinction for her dissertation. She actually took me on the Ripper walk some years back and is very knowledgable on the subject and also has numerous books
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Apr 2019, 07:26
A bargain. He will bring a lot of happiness to his new owner, I'm sure. While researching to see if "Jack" had ever enjoyed a full English at Bullock's , I came across a Groupon deal for there - breakfast for four for £18; seems almost too good to miss? https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/bullocks-bistro-bar-2
Bill Phillips: That is a good offer. I couldn't see how long it is valid for
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Apr 2019, 08:22
And are his decendents still loving the the town?

The pig is never worth 20p...what a rip!
Bill Phillips: They may be very loving. We do not know. name and the link to the ripper is only tenuous at best but it adds a little colour to the history of the town.

Butteries were included so it is a fair price
My heart is broken that you didn't offer me Mr Pig.
Bill Phillips: I recall you threw him off a roof at the Black Country Museum. I had to consider his welfare
Sad day for the Phillips family then. What an interesting story about the Ripper.
Bill Phillips: Joseph didn't like him so I had to hide him in the office. He went to a lady who collects pigs.....hard to believe I know
Mr. Pig can live out his latter years out of the spotlight now. I could not do your daughter's work. It would give me nightmares.
Bill Phillips: In the real world Kathryn is an academic librarian but she is a keen student of Victorian times and becoming knowledgeable about the Ripper just sort of happened and the more she read the more interested she became. Doing a dissertation on the press coverage was a different slant on things and is very interesting. Do not read the Patricia Cornwell book about the Ripper. Kathryn tells me it is factually inaccurate and the conclusion is based on the flimsiest of evidence
It must have been hard to part with Mr. Pig,
Bill, but I'm sure his new home will be most welcoming. Our hotel in London was very close to the Whitechapel district. Although I would have liked to take the Ripper tour, there just wasn't enough time.
Bill Phillips: Kathryn took me on the tour. When she went on it she was disappointed that the guide got a number of things wrong!!

Mr Pig has gone to a good home
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2019, 16:34
I hope he found a good home.
Bill Phillips: A lady bought him to give to a lady who collects pig toys and ornaments
Fascinating info about the Ripper - I'll pass it on to a friend of mine who compiled the standard bibliography on the Ripper - under the pseudonym of "Alexander Garfield Kelly" - work that one out smile
Bill Phillips: Colin Wilson?
A happy ending, I hope.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 2 Apr 2019, 14:31
so, i saw in the post after this one, this is an attempt at a joke? ok, well,

at any rate, did you ever hear the theory that Jack was possibly and man or woman doing abortions and when the woman accidentally died in the procedure, the body was mutilated to cover what was going on?

surely you have heard that one
Bill Phillips: The pig was sold
My daughter knows great deal about the Ripper and really did do her dissertation on the Press and the Ripper...and got a distinction

The rest of the Ripper thing I made up. I guess you don't have All folks day on April 1st?

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