Well Howard Brown is obviously in on it with Dan, but apart from that, can we actually be sure either person FC names even exists.
It seems a strange coincidence that they are called Howard Brown and Mike Covell, when there’s a Mr. Covell-Brown in charge of “Transworld Garnet”, garnet having long been used as an industrial abrasive for cutting and polishing steel, especially high-grade surgical steel. Interestingly, Garnet Jackson also once wrote a book with Dan Brown about famous explorers. Explorers like Pedro de Mendoza, the founder of Buenos Aires. Mendoza was born in Guadix, Grenada, which gives its name to the Guadix Basin, a prominent source of garnet-bearing schists.
And is it just a coincidence that a very similar murder to those of the Ripper occurred in Buenos Aries in 1850, known for garnet-rich gneisses, a full 13 years before the first Whitechapel murder (as detailed at this ripper site), news of which was conveniently displaced from the papers by the futile attempt to relieve Khartoum by Sir Garnet Wolseley?
So perhaps we are looking for someone involved with a lot of international travel? Someone who also had access to the very precise blades of a 19th century surgeon? Someone, perhaps, intimately involved with their manufacture? Could JTR actually have been a major figure in the industrial garnet trade, who struck first in Buenos Aries while there procuring raw materials, then having acquired a taste for it, repeated his bloody crime at home in London? Could this man’s successors, or even descendants, still be covering this up by using multiple online presences to spread disinformation and confusion about the case?
(Like that you mean, Bebe?)