Thursday, November 10, 2011


After some investigation into the appearances of Jack the Ripper on TV, I've come to the conclusion that Gordon Christie's appearance as Inspector Frederick Abberline was a visualization by either Detective Chief Superintendents Charles Barlow or John Watt who were poring over the files on the case in the 1973 mini-series 'Jack The Ripper'.

(It's the same situation as with the appearances of certain characters on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' whenever somebody was reading excerpts from the autobiography that Rob Petrie was writing. It was all in the mind of the reader.)

As for the ever earlier (1950s) solution given in the "Jack The Ripper" episode of 'The Veil', in which the Ripper was a doctor named Willowden who was put away in an asylum for the rest of his life?  That was just a story told by noted serlinguist Boris Karloff to the audience viewing at home in the Trueniverse.

So Michael Caine's portrayal of Abberline can serve as the version for the main Toobworld, Earth Prime-Time....


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