#2380: Marine Brief QEII – White’s Club Spot-Fixed Murders – Pinkerton’s Jane the Ripper – The Abberline Harvard Clock
1. White’s Club bookmakers allegedly use spot fixing as a preferred method of financing contract hits where a victim’s time of death supports an anonymous betting market and the winners share pots with scriptwriters, trackers, killers, police, journalists and clean-up crews.
2. Pinkerton agents in Chicago used Jane Addams’ visit to Toynbee Hall in August 1888 to infiltrate the University Settlement scheme where rich graduates’ living with poor people and their childre allegedly shared White’s Club pots for the contract killings fraudulently attributed to a mythical Jack the Ripper.
3. Pinkerton allegedly used time signals sent from the Shepherd Master clock at Greenwich to Harvard University to synchronize execution of the scripts developed by Frederick Abberline Chief Inspector for the London Metropolitan Police with White’s payouts for the Ripper murders and associated cover ups.
McConnell is in England until Monday 22 June 2015 and offers to brief Queen Elizabeth II and her most trusted advisors on the alleged role of the White’s Club bookmakers, the GMT clock and the former Pinkerton private telegraph network in the spot-fixed “Jane the Ripper” murders of 1888.
Prequel 1: #2377: Marine Briefs We the People – Magna Carta Patent For Pig-Farm Clock – Serco 8(a) Starnet Tor – MoD White’s Club Spot-Fixed Princess Di
Prequel 2: Open invitation to Producers, Scriptwriters, Directors and Investors
“Spot-fixing refers to illegal activity in a sport in which a specific aspect of a game, unrelated to the final result but upon which a betting market exists, is fixed; examples include something as minor as timing a no ball or wide delivery in cricket, or timing the first throw-in or corner in association football.”
First GMT Electric Clock
For the next forty years the Shepherd master clock time was sent by telegraph to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast and many other cities.
By 1866, time signals were sent from the clock to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts via the new transatlantic submarine cable. In terms of the distribution of accurate time into everyday life, it is therefore one of the most important clocks ever made and worthy of its inclusion in this series of short articles.
It also operates the red ‘time’ ball on the roof of the Observatory at Flamsteed House which rises every day at 12.55pm, taking three minutes to reach the top where it stops, falling at exactly 1pm to enable passing ships to set their clocks. Whilst noon might have been thought of as a more appropriate time, it is said that astronomers were too busy with their telecopes at midday.
In this age of satellite navigation, the tradition is now continued mainly for the benefit of tourists.”
“ALS (University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams Memorial Collection, Haldeman-Julius FamilyPapers; JAPM, 2:968-73; JAP, 2:620-21).
1. In her memoir, Addams later recalled that she found herself “at Toynbee Hall equipped not only with a letter of introduction from Canon Fremantle, but with high expectations and a certain belief that whatever perplexities and discouragement concerning the life of the poor were in store for me, I should at least know something at first hand and have the solace of daily activity.” Twenty Years at Hull-House, 87-88.
2. The public meetings of the World Centennial of Foreign Missions were held in Exeter Hall of the YMCA, London, during the afternoons and evenings of 9-19 June 1888. Several Chicago-based organizations were represented among the sixteen hundred members, including the Chicago Training School for City, Home, and Foreign Missions, where Jane Addams later taught classes from 1889 to 1892.
3. The People’s Palace, officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1887, was to be a “rational recreational” center for the working people of the East End, separate and different from the pubs and gambling halls. Although not completed until 1892, at the time Jane Addams visited, the People’s Palace had meeting rooms for educational presentations and social gatherings, a spacious hall for entertainments of all kinds, including musical events, and exhibit space.
4. Walter Besant’s (1836-1901) novels, All Sorts and Conditions of Men (not “Man” as JA had written it) was issued in 1882 and Children of Gibeon (not “Gideon” as JA had written it) in 1886. Both decry the social evils and state of the working poor in East London.”
“ABBERLINE, Frederick George
Born: 8 January 1843, Blandford Dorset.
Son of Edward and Hannah Abberline.
1863: Jan 5 – Joins Metropolitan Police Warrant Number 43519. Described as being 5ft 9 and a half inches tall, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes, a fresh complexion and a varicose vein on the left leg below the knee. He had a wife named Emma. Appointed to N Division (Islington).
…. 1929: Dec 10 – Died Age 86 at “Estcourt”, 195 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. Buried at Wimbourne Cemetery, grave number Z259N. (This appears to have been in the same cemetery as Montague Druitt).
In interviews with the Pall Mall Gazette in 1903 Abberline put forward the idea that George Chapman may have been the Ripper saying “…I cannot help feeling that this is the man we struggled so hard to capture fifteen years ago.” However, he also said that “Scotland Yard is really no wiser on the subject than it was fifteen years ago.”
In an article first published in the Evening News (June 26, 1976) and later reprinted in “The Ripper and the Royals” Nigel Morland recalled visiting Abberline when the Inspector was living in retirement in Dorset. Morland claimed that Abberline told him that the case was shut and that “I’ve given my word to keep my mouth permanently closed about it.” Abberline went on to say that “I know and my superiors know certain facts.”and that the Ripper “…wasn’t a butcher, Yid or foreign skipper…you’d have to look for him not at the bottom of London society at the time but a long way up.” Given Abberline’s other known statements about the case this should be treated with considerable scepticism and caution.”
“Frederick George Abberline (8 January 1843 in Blandford Forum, Dorset – 10 December 1929) was a Chief Inspector for the London Metropolitan Police and was a prominent police figure in the investigation into the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888.
Frederick Abberline was the only son of Edward Abberline, a saddlemaker and Sheriff’s Officer and Clerk of the Market, minor local government positions, and his wife Hannah (née Chinn). Edward Abberline died in 1849, and his widow opened a small shop and brought up her four children, Emily, Harriett, Edward and Frederick, alone.
Frederick was a clockmaker until he left home to go to London, where he enlisted in the Metropolitan Police on 5 January 1863, being appointed to N Division (Islington) with the Warrant Number 43519. PC Abberline so impressed his superiors that they promoted him to Sergeant two years later on 19 August 1865. On his promotion he moved to Y Division (Highgate). Throughout 1867 he investigated Fenian activities as a plain clothes officer. He was promoted to Inspector on 10 March 1873, and three days later, on 13 March transferred to H Division in Whitechapel. On 8 April 1878 Abberline was appointed Local Inspector in charge of H Division’s CID.
On 26 February 1887 Abberline transferred to A Division (Whitehall), and then moved to CO Division (Central Office) at Scotland Yard on 19 November 1887, being promoted to Inspector First-Class on 9 February 1888 and to Chief Inspector on 22 December 1890. Following the murder of Mary Ann Nichols on 31 August 1888, Abberline was seconded back to Whitechapel due to his extensive experience in the area. He was placed in charge of the various detectives investigating the Ripper murders. Chief Inspector Walter Dew, then a detective constable in Whitechapel‘s H Division in 1888, knew Abberline and, while describing him as sounding and looking like a bank manager, also stated that his knowledge of the area made him one of the most important members of the Whitechapel murder investigation team.
Among the many suspects in the case, Abberline’s primary suspect was Severin Antoniovich Klosowski, aka George Chapman.
Abberline was subsequently involved in the investigation of the Cleveland Street scandal in 1889. Chief Inspector Abberline retired from the police on 8 February 1892, having received 84 commendations and awards, and worked as a private enquiry agent, including three seasons at Monte Carlo, before taking over the European Agency of the famous Pinkerton National Detective Agency of America, for whom he worked for 12 years.”
“Pinkerton, founded as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency,is a private security guard and detective agency established in the United States by Allan Pinkerton in 1850 and currently a subsidiary of Securitas AB. Pinkerton became famous when he claimed to have foiled a plot to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln, who later hired Pinkerton agents for his personal security during the Civil War. Pinkerton’s agents performed services ranging from security guarding to private military contracting work. Pinkerton was the largest private law enforcement organization in the world at the height of its power. By the early 1890s, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than there were members of the standing army of the United States of America.
During the labor strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businessmen hired the Pinkerton Agency to infiltrate unions, supply guards, keep strikers and suspected unionists out of factories, as well as recruiting goon squads to intimidate workers. One such confrontation was the Homestead Strike of 1892, in which Pinkerton agents were called in to reinforce the strikebreaking measures of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, acting on behalf of Andrew Carnegie. The ensuing battle between Pinkerton agents and striking workers led to the deaths of seven Pinkerton agents and nine steelworkers. The Pinkertons were also used as guards in coal, iron, and lumber disputes in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia as well as the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921. The organization was pejoratively called the “Pinks” by its opponents.
The company now operates as “Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, Inc. d.b.a. Pinkerton Corporate Risk Management”, a division of the Swedish security company Securitas AB. The former Government Services division, PGS, now operates as Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc.”
“Behind the Sordid World of Online Assassination Betting
I have heard rumors about this website, but I still cannot quite believe that it exists. I am looking at what I think is a hit list.
There are photographs of people I recognize—prominent politicians, mostly—and, next to each, an amount of money. The site’s creator, who uses the pseudonym Kuwabatake Sanjuro, thinks that if you could pay to have someone murdered with no chance—I mean absolutely zero chance—of being caught, you would.
That’s one of the reasons why he has created the Assassination Market.
There are four simple instructions listed on its front page:
Add a name to the list
Add money to the pot in the person’s name
Predict when that person will die
Correct predictions get the pot
The Assassination Market can’t be found with a Google search. It sits on a hidden, encrypted part of the internet that, until recently, could only be accessed with a browser called The Onion Router, or Tor. Tor began life as a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory project, but today exists as a not-for-profit organization, partly funded by the U.S. government and various civil liberties groups, allowing millions of people around the world to browse the internet anonymously and securely.”
“Disowned by Cameron, the raffish men-only club that his father once ran
By HARRY MOUNT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 22:15 GMT, 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:22 GMT, 19 July 2013
As the BBC is embroiled in yet another row over sexism after presenter John Inverdale’s poorly judged on air-comments, and MPs scramble in Westminster to condemn male-only establishments – just down the road, at White’s in St James’s, it is very much business as usual. The exclusive membership only establishment – the ‘original ‘old boy’s club’ – is the grandest, oldest and most notoriously difficult to gain entrance to. Once, every Prime Minister from Robert Walpole in the early 18th century to Robert Peel in the mid-19th was a member, and the club boasts a bar which ‘has not shut for 200 years’. But White’s – to which only one woman, the Queen, has ever been allowed entrance – was quietly disowned by David Cameron in 2008, despite his father Ian once being chairman. The Prime Minister is said to be the only member to have left of his own free will.
Here, HARRY MOUNT takes a look at the history of Britain’s most notorious male only club – where rakes, rogues and royals have drunk side by side.
The Culture Secretary Maria Miller would, it’s safe to say, disapprove of White’s, the grandest, oldest, raciest gentlemen’s club in London. But, then again, she’s unlikely to be invited to visit. The only woman who’s ever been entertained there is Her Majesty the Queen.
All-male clubs have been the subject of Mrs Miller’s ire this week as she attacked the men-only policy of Muirfield, which is hosting golf’s Open Championship.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister gave her his full support. A spokesman for David Cameron condemned such all-male clubs as looking ‘more to the past than they do to the future’.
But Mr Cameron was not always so high-minded.
Until fairly recently he was a member of the notorious White’s club, just up the road from St James’s Palace. Indeed his late father, Ian, was its chairman. But the future Prime Minister tactically resigned when Leader of the Opposition because the all-male club didn’t fit with his vision of modern Conservatism.
It is said that he is the only member to have left of his own free will – and not by death or shameful forced resignation.
The club was founded in 1693 as a hot-chocolate house by an Italian, Francesco Bianco, whose name translated into Francis White – and thus White’s. It soon graduated to more intoxicating practices, notably heavy drinking and gambling.
For centuries, it has taken pride in its reputation as the hardest of the London gentleman’s clubs to get into.
The Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said there were only two things that an Englishman cannot command – being made a Knight of the Garter or a member of White’s.
There is a long waiting list to join and many applicants are still blackballed – rejected – by existing members. New members must be vouched for by 35 signatories and membership is more than £850 a year.
The late journalist Auberon Waugh – whose father Evelyn was a devoted White’s member – was blackballed in 1995 by anonymous enemies at the club. In the Spectator, Waugh retaliated, writing of the ‘insecure, big-bottomed men who think that membership of White’s gives them some sort of social cachet … White’s has always had its fair share of s***s and twerps and pompous bores’.
Since then, the ‘White’s Club S**t’ has entered club slang to mean the worst sort of nasty, selfish, pompous show-off.
Still, in its 300-year history, the club has played host to some illustrious members and a glittering array of politicians.
Among its old members are the Duke of Wellington, the Regency dandy Beau Brummell, George IV, William IV, Edward VII and Winston Churchill’s son, Randolph. Prince Charles is a member and held his Bollinger champagne-fuelled stag night at the club before his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer.
Prince William is said to be a member.
The club has also attracted its fair share of rogues.
White’s was implicated in the great ‘Cambridge Spies’ scandal. Some have claimed that the recruitment and subsequent movements of Guy Burgess, Donald Duart Maclean, Kim Philby and Anthony Blunt were orchestrated from the club’s bar.
Meanwhile, in his novels Evelyn Waugh used the club as the model for ‘Bellamy’s’, the home of ‘grandee and card sharper, duellist and statesman’.
Certainly, gambling has always been part of the fabric of White’s. In William Hogarth’s 1733 series of cautionary paintings – The Rake’s Progress – the rake is driven mad by losing his fortune at the gaming tables of White’s.
Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said there were only two things that an Englishman cannot command – being made a Knight of the Garter or a member of White’s
The club’s betting book is full of some remarkably odd – not to mention expensive – bets. In the 18th century, one member bet another that a man could live under water for 12 hours. He employed a man to sink himself in a ship, but he couldn’t last the full time period so the bet – and the man’s life – were lost.
Then in the early 19th century, a fabulously rich peer, Lord Alvanley, bet a friend £3,000 (approaching £200,000 in today’s money) that one raindrop would beat another to the bottom of the bow window that dominates the front of the club. It is not recorded whether he won his bet.
But before retiring to the gaming tables, there is the not inconsiderable question of dinner.
White’s menu revolves around the best of British game. Think Downton Abbey transplanted to central London: grouse, partridge, wild salmon, gull’s eggs, potted shrimps, smoked eel and smoked trout.
The vegetarian option is unpopular. In one seven-year period, only three vegetarian portions were sold.
While cultivating its raffish elements, White’s has also always seen itself as a distinctly political club.
Every Prime Minister from Robert Walpole in the early 18th century to Robert Peel in the mid-19th was a member.
After the war, the Labour MP and Health Minister, Aneurin Bevan, made a visit to the club as a guest.
Not long before, he’d described Tories as ‘lower than vermin’. One member, John Fox-Strangways, took such exception to the comment that he kicked Bevan on club premises.
He was forced to resign as a result.
There are fewer Tory MPs among the members these days but the profile of the membership remains distinctly Conservative.
The drinking, too, is a little less wild than in the 18th century, but the bar remains busy at all hours of the day and night. A few years ago, a new member asked Wheeler, the then long-serving barman, whether the bar was open.
‘Bless my soul, sir,’ Wheeler replied, ‘It has been open for 200 years.”
Harry Mount is the author of How England Made the English (Viking)”
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