There have been some problems getting onto the Chatzy room for Unsolved Crimes. The last two posts that I put up about the Jack the Ripper case and the focus on artists as suspects are:
I want students to take a look at the idea that Jack the Ripper was a painter. The two main suspects here are Walter Sickert and Vincent van Gogh. For the van Gogh theory, go to http://vincentaliasjack.com/VanGogh_Ripper_Irises_MaryKelly_face.html. to see the painting (Irises) that the author thinks shows Mary Kelly, JtR's last victim. The author also gives 5 reasons that he thinks van Gogh was JtR at http://vincentaliasjack.kinja.com/5-reasons-why-van-gogh-was-jack-the-ripper-508918632 Read through this page and post your comments about his reasons. Do you have questions about them?
You can also look at http://casebook.org/dissertations/rip-vangogh.html. which has an article by a different writer about the possible connection.
Next, you can find information about Walter Sickert as a JtR suspect at the following links:
The next thing to do about Sickert is a bit open-ended. I want you to do an online search for Sickert paintings. Look at any paintings with women and see if there is anything about them that makes you think that he may have been painting the JtR victims.
The next post I left was:
I found that many of van Gogh's letters have been put online in connection with a huge volume of his work that has been published. The link to the letters is: http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters.html Many of the letters are not in English, but have been translated. You can see the actual writing if you click on facsimile after choosing any of the letters. After reading several of the letters, there seems to be some doubt about his location during the period of the Ripper killings. There is no way to know if a letter dated August 8/9, 1888 was really written and mailed on those dates, so much of this is guessing. I am now looking for confirmation of his whereabouts, either in London or in the French countryside during the fall of 1888.