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Searches, Arrests and Confessions

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Searches, Arrests and Confessions

Post by Karen on Mon 4 Oct 2010 - 12:52



The following official notification has been issued:
"Sir Charles Warren wishes to say that the marked desire evinced by the inhabitants of the Whitechapel district to aid the police in the pursuit of the author of the recent crimes has enabled him to direct that, subject to the consent of the occupiers, a thorough house-to-house search should be made within a defined area. With few exceptions, the inhabitants of all classes and creeds have freely fallen in with the proposal, and have materially assisted the officers engaged in carrying it out.
"Sir Charles Warren feels that some acknowledgement is due on all sides for the cordial co-operation of the inhabitants, and he is much gratified that the police-officers have carried out so delicate a duty with the marked goodwill of all those with whom they have come in contact.
"Sir Charles Warren takes this opportunity of acknowledging the receipt of an immense volume of correspondence of a semi-private character on the subject of the Whitechapel murders, which he has been quite unable to respond to in a great number of instances, and he trusts that the writers will accept this acknowledgement in lieu of individual replies. They may be assured that their letters have received every consideration."
In accordance with the decision of Sir Charles Warren the house-to-house search was vigorously conducted this week, a large number of detectives being engaged. Nothing was discovered.
Sir Charles Warren's bloodhounds were out for practice at Tooting on Thursday morning, where a sheep had been stolen, and were lost. Telegrams were despatched to all the Metropolitan police stations, stating that if the dogs were seen anywhere, information was to be sent to Scotland-yard.
A number of arrests have been made during the week, but all the persons were discharged.
Thomas Conway, who some years ago lived with Catherine Eddowes, the woman murdered in Mitre-square, on Monday went with his two sons to the detective office of the City police in Old Jewry, and explained who they were. He stated that he was unaware till Sunday that the police were seeking him. Conway was at once taken to see Mrs. Annie Phillips, Eddowes's daughter, who recognised him as her father. He stated that he left Eddowes in 1880, in consequence of her intemperate habits, which prevented them from living comfortable together. He knew that she had since been living with Kelly, and has once or twice seen her in the streets, but has, as far as possible, kept out of her way, as he did not wish to have any further communication with her.

At the Guildhall police-court, on Thursday, Benjamin Graham, a glass-blower, of Fletcher-row, Clerkenwell, was charged on his own confession with having committed the murders in Whitechapel. On Wednesday afternoon the prisoner, who was drunk, was taken into Snow-hill police-station by a man, who said that Graham had told him that he had murdered the women in Whitechapel. He repeated his statement at the station, adding, "and I shall have to suffer for it with a bit of rope." - He was remanded for inquiries.


Mr. George Lusk, builder, of 1, 2, and 3, Alderney-road, Globe-road, Mile-end, E., who is chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance committee, on Tuesday evening was the recipient, by Parcels post, of a small cardboard box, which, on being opened, was found to contain half a human kidney. The box was delivered about eight o'clock in the evening. Enclosed in the box was a letter. At first Mr. Lusk regarded the affair as a practical joke, in the nature of a hoax; but afterwards submitted the parcel to Mr. F.S. Reed, assistant to Dr. F.W. Wiles, of 56, Mile-end-road, to help them to form a conclusion. Mr. F.S. Reed stated that the contents appeared to him to be half of a human kidney, which had been divided longitudinally; but in order to make sure he at once conveyed it to Dr. Openshaw, pathological curator at the London hospital museum. Dr. Openshaw examined it, and pronounced it to be the half of the left kidney of a full-grown human being. Remembering the circumstance that it was the left kidney which was missing from the body of the woman Eddowes, who was murdered and mutilated in Mitre-square, Mr. Reed thinks it probable that the ghastly relic is genuine. The handwriting of the letter accompanying the parcel and a post-card received previously are the same. They bear no resemblance to the letters received by the Central News, signed "Jack the Ripper."
The post-card, which was received a day or two before the box, was as follows: -

Say Boss, - You seem rare frightened, guess I'd like to give you fits, but can't stop time enough to let you box of toys play copper games with me, but I hope to see you when I don't hurry too much. - Bye-bye, Boss.

The letter, which was enclosed in the box, was as follows: -

From Hell.
Mr. Lusk. - Sir, - I send you half the kidne I took from one woman prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nice I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate whil longer. Signed Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk.

Dr. Sedgwick Saunders has given it as his opinion that the sending of the parcel was a student's antic. He further says it is quite possible for any student to obtain a kidney for the purpose.


James Phillips, 37, and William Jarvis, 40, both cab washers, were charged on remand at Clerkenwell police-court, on Tuesday, with cutting and wounding Detective-serjeant Robinson, G division, in Phoenix-place, St. Pancras, early in the morning of Tuesday, the 9th inst. - Jarvis was further charged with assaulting and wounding Henry Doncaster, a private person, on the same occasion. - The evidence given at the first hearing was to the effect that at the time of the occurrence Detective-serjeant Robinson was on duty disguised in woman's clothing, watching, in company with Detective-serjeant Mather, Mr. Doncaster, and others, a man whose actions laid him open to suspicion in connection with the East-end murders. While so engaged they were attacked by the two prisoners; Robinson received two stabs in the face from Jarvis, and kicks in the arm and ribs from Phillips, while Doncaster received a stab in the face, and had his jaw dislocated. - Frank Mew, police-constable 301 G, arrested Phillips, who said, when he was told he would be taken to the police-station, "All right, governor; it is not the first time I have been there." - The prisoners, who reserved their defence, were committed for trial, Jarvis on the charge of unlawfully wounding, and Phillips for assaulting the police. - Mr. Bros consented to allow bail, two sureties in 20 pounds.


At the Thames police-court, on Wednesday, the divisional surgeon of police and the relieving officer asked the magistrate to sign the necessary papers for the removal to an asylum of a woman whose mind appeared to have been affected by the recent murders. The doctor's certificate stated that the woman, whose name is Sarah Goody, aged 40, a needlewoman, living at Wild-street, Stepney, had told him (the doctor) that she was followed about by a man who watched her movements, and intended to do her harm. She was in such a terrified condition that she could neither eat nor sleep. The lunatic-attendant stated that the woman declared that she was followed about by murderers, who intended catching her. On one occasion she asked her landlady to see if there was any writing on the shutters. Mr. Lushington signed the necessary papers.


A man giving the name of William Russell, and stating that he was recently discharged from an American ship, the National Eagle, at the Victoria docks, Liverpool, has given himself up to the police at Maidenhead, accusing himself of having committed a murder in London on Friday week. He says that on the night mentioned he had been drinking with a woman, whom he calls "Annie." They subsequently quarrelled, and he threw the woman over the parapet of Westminster-bridge into the Thames. He was remanded.



Another discovery was made on Wednesday afternoon at Whitehall, on the site of the new police headquarters. With the consent of the police a gentleman took a Spitzbergen dog into the vault where the trunk of a woman was found about a fortnight since. The dog soon began sniffing at a mound of earth, which it was decided to dig up. On this being done a human leg was discovered. It was loosely buried about a foot from the surface. Dr. Bond, the divisional surgeon, was at once sent for, and on making an examination he pronounced the limb to be the left leg of a woman who had probably died five or six weeks ago.
The search party, with the assistance of a labourer, dug the ground in the vault to the depth of about a foot, when they came upon the limb. They found the leg very much decomposed. There is no doubt that it belongs to the trunk previously discovered. The leg was found in the same vault as the trunk, but about eight or nine feet away. The leg was in the earth which had been thrown back from an excavation over a drain. That excavation was made eight or 10 weeks ago, which confirms the opinion of Dr. Bond as to the length of time the leg was buried.
The following statement is supplied by an eyewitness: - "Mr. Waring, the owner of the Spitzbergen terrier, sought the assistance of Mr. W.H. Angle on Tuesday last, having failed to gain access to the premises with his dog, although he had applied to the police authorities, and to Messrs. Grover, the contractors, for permission to test the dog's instinct. Mr. Angle, who was present when the trunk of the body was found a fortnight since, appointed Wednesday morning for the visit and the proposed experiment with the terrier. Some difficulty occurred at first, owing to the police-constable on duty at the buildings requiring an authority from his superior officers to allow an inspection of the premises, and a search of the excavations. Ultimately the police withdrew their opposition, but could not give a formal authority, and by the courtesy of the foreman of the works the two applicants above-named were admitted and allowed to pursue their investigations. Some time was spent amongst a lot of timber, where it was suggested the head could easily have been slipped between the logs, ultimately falling to the ground, and here the dog hesitated, sniffed, and scratched for awhile, but nothing connected with the remains was discovered, the timber not having been removed. At the suggestion of Mr. W.H. Angle, the dog was taken to the spot where the remains of the deceased woman were discovered, and by the aid of a candle-light the blood-stained bricks at the base of the wall where the remains were laid were clearly visible. In the opposite corner (less than a couple of yards off) the little terrier sniffed and retired, but urged to "find it," the dog again went to a heap of earth, and began to scratch it away. Mr. Angle commenced to remove some of the earth with his foot, when Hedge, a labourer, brought a spade, and upon digging away some four or five inches of earth, after the removal of stones and portions of brick from the surface, a red fleshy substance was observed. At this moment the constable on duty at the works gave orders for the digging operations to be stopped until the arrival of his superior officers. Mr. Brown, the assistant-foreman, speedily summoned them to the scene. Sergeants Rose and Ferris arrived, and the former completed the task of unearthing the portion of a limb, which was ultimately found to be the left foot and part of the leg as far as the knee. Dr. Bond, of the Broad sanctuary, Westminster, was soon in attendance, with Inspector Peters and a staff of constables, who took possession of the premises, not allowing any one to leave or to enter during the investigation. Dr. Bond was apparently of opinion that the remains found had been deposited at least six weeks since, and that the workmen who had stated that the trunk was not there on the Friday before its subsequent discovery were in error, they having overlooked it, for the blood-stains on the wall must have had some time to soak in. The doctor having completed his examination, Serjeant Rose carefully wrapped up the remains in a brown paper parcel, which he tied up and sealed, a board being placed underneath to keep them intact. He then conveyed them to the mortuary in a cab. The recess where these remains were found is situated in a vault underground, about 80 yards from the Cannon-row entrance. It is quite dark, and difficult to find except by some one acquainted with the construction of the works."
The search in the new police-office buildings in Whitehall was resumed late on Wednesday night. A bloodhound - one of those which had been used in the Hyde-park experiment - was brought from King-street police-station, and a staff of constables were engaged for an hour and a half; but no new discovery was made. The search was also continued on Thursday. Dr. Bond made an examination on Thursday of the leg, and, on comparing it with the trunk, he is of opinion that it belongs to the same body. It is, however, in a better state of preservation; but this is accounted for by the fact that it had been sufficiently covered with earth to exclude the air.


Thomas Hickmott, a carman, of 6, West-place, Chapel-street, Islington, who is employed by Messrs. Cattermole, in carting the rubbish away from the excavated premises at the new Police offices, stated:
"I was present shortly after the leg was discovered. The police almost immediately wrapped it up in brown paper, placed it on a board, and conveyed it to Scotland-yard. There are about one hundred men engaged at the works, and the spot where the discovery has now been made has been protected by the police ever since the trunk of the deceased young woman was found. It is the opinion of the workmen that the leg must have been deposited where it was dug up at the time the trunk was placed there. It was only a few inches beneath the surface. The general impression amongst those employed at the premises is that the remains must have been placed there at night, and that a lantern must have been used, as the vault is pitch dark. No one has been on the premises near where the trunk was discovered, with the exception of detectives, and it is regarded as utterly impossible that any stranger could have recently visited the place. Before the trunk was found some strange workmen came and asked for employment. Whether their object was to inspect the place I don't know. No one of them, as far as I could hear, was ever seen with a parcel."
Early in the week an inhabitant of Llanelly, in South Wales, who happened to be in Cannon-row on the Saturday before the body was found, and at an hour when the place was practically deserted, informed the police that he then saw a man climb the railings, other men, with a truck on which was a bag, being in waiting. This suspicious incident on investigation, however, proved to have no connection with the placing of the trunk in the vault. A workman got over the railings in Cannon-row to open a door which was fastened from the inside, so as to enable another man to carry in a bag of sand from the truck.
The police are searching, it is as well to state, for a well-built woman, of 5ft. 8in. or 81/2in. in height, with darkish hair and a fair skin, over 25 years of age, and probably older, who has suffered from pleurisy, and missing now about two months. It is probable that such a woman may be supposed by her friends to be abroad.


William Waddell was charged, on remand, at Durham, on Wednesday, with the murder of Jane Beadmore, or Savage, on Birtley Fell. Superintendent Dunn, on behalf of Inspector Harrison, of Jarrow, applied for a week's remand, which was granted. Little change appears to have taken place in the appearance of the accused since his arrest; but the prison attendants are of opinion that he is quite sane.


Thomas Onley, 62, traveller, and Frank Hall, 20, seaman, both living at 66, Hornby-road, Peckham, were charged at Lambeth police-court, on Tuesday, with being concerned together in attempting to murder Sarah Brett by cutting her throat with a carving-knife at that address. - Inspector Taylor, P division, informed his worship that the injured woman was unable to attend. Whilst he was on duty on Monday night at Peckham police-station he received information which induced him to go, in company with Detective Barton and Constable Bennett, to Hornby-road. In the middle of the roadway, opposite the door of No. 66, he found Sarah Brett, aged about 53, lying on the ground. She was bleeding very much from a wound about four inches long, commencing from the left side of the neck, and reaching the centre of the throat. He at once sent off for a surgeon. He asked the woman who had done it, and she said, "Frank, the sailor." - Dr. J.G. Munyard, of Southampton-street, soon arrived, and he left her in his care, and with the other officer passed through No. 68, and from thence obtained admission by the back of No. 66. In a back bedroom he found the prisoner Hall lying on a bed with his trousers on, and endeavoured to arouse him. He appeared to be drunk. Witness then proceeded to the front bedroom and found the other officer. The prisoner Onley was sitting on the side of the bed. The constable, Bennett, said, "I have found this knife in the bed," and produced a large carving-knife with wet blood upon the blade. Witness had the prisoner detained until he had removed the injured woman to Newington infirmary. There she became more sensible, and from what she said both prisoners were taken into custody and charged. - Mr. Biron: What had the prisoners to do with the woman? - Inspector Taylor: She was living with Onley as his wife, and Hall lodged in the same house. - It was further stated that there was a deal of blood in the kitchen. Chairs and other articles had been overturned and a lamp smoked. - Mr. Biron said the prisoners would be remanded. - Mr. Sydney asked that they might be admitted to bail. - Mr. Biron: Most decidedly not. - The prisoners were then remanded.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, October 21, 1888, Page 3

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