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"Will Take Their Hearts"

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"Will Take Their Hearts"

Post by Karen on Sat 6 Nov 2010 - 20:50

In the following letter received by the police just five days before the Kelly murder, the author describes how he plans to commit murders of two more women and a child. What's worse, he also professes his desire to take their hearts, as well.


On Tuesday night a letter, purporting to come from the assassin, was received by the police at the Poplar police-station, in which the writer said he was going to commit three more murders. The following is said to be the actual wording: -

"October 30th, 1888.

- Dear Boss, - I am going to commit three more murders - two women and a child - and I shall take their hearts this time. - Yours truly,
(signed), JACK THE RIPPER."

The letter was enclosed in an envelope, which, in addition to the Poplar, also bore the Ealing postmark, and was directed to the serjeant. Though the police do not attach serious importance to it a copy was sent to the Commissioner of Police. The information was at once telegraphed to the different stations, with instructions that every possible vigilance should be used.
Mr. Matthew Packer, who keeps a fruit shop near the gateway where the Berner -street murder was committed, stated on Wednesday that he felt just then greatly alarmed owing to his having seen a man exactly like the one who bought some grapes from him for the murdered woman Stride, a short time before the murder was committed. He alleges that he had often seen the man before the murder, as well as the woman; but he had not seen any one resembling the man since the murder till last Saturday night. He was then standing with his fruit-stall in the Commercial-road, when he observed the man staring him full in the face. After passing and repassing him several times, the man got into the roadway and looked at him in a menacing manner. Packer was so terrified that he left his stall and asked a shoeblack, who was near, to keep his eye on the man. His fear was that the fellow was going to stab him. No sooner, however, had he called the shoeblack's attention to the man then the latter ran away and jumped on to a passing tramcar.
Considerable excitement has been created in Kensington, owing to the discovery of two knives - one bearing stains of blood - in the front garden of a house in Harrington-gardens. The discovery has remained for some time a secret with the police. It appears that on the night of Sunday, Oct. 21, the policeman on duty observed something bright close to some shrubs in the garden, and upon entering to satisfy his curiosity, discovered a sheath containing two huge knives, which are said to be Ghoorka knives. A medical examination has been made, and it is asserted that blood stains undoubtedly exist on one of the knives and upon the sheath. These stains are probably a month old, but certainly not more than six weeks or two months. The knives are of the best manufacture, and as sharp as razors. Some suspicion is said to rest upon a clerical-looking person for whom the police are searching.


James Phillips, 30, and William Jarvis, 34, were indicted at the Middlesex sessions, on Tuesday, for maliciously wounding Detective-serjeant Robinson, attached to King's-cross police-station, and assaulting him in the execution of his duty. They were further indicted for maliciously wounding Henry Doncaster. On the 9th inst. Serjeant Robinson was on duty with Detective Mather and a friend named Doncaster in Phoenix-place, Clerkenwell, Serjeant Robinson being disguised in female attire. There were several Italian ice-cream men near. There were a considerable number of cabs in this place belonging to Mrs. Kite, in whose employ the prisoners were. Serjeant Robinson, who had received certain information, was there watching a man who had been going about from place to place in the company of a woman, and who was supposed to be "Jack the Ripper." Robinson was watching them through the windows of one of the cabs. After watching about a quarter of an hour two men came up, not the prisoners, and after a time went away again. Shortly after the prisoners came up, and according to the police story, Jarvis inquired what they were doing there. Robinson replied, "I am a police officer," at the same time throwing off his disguise, which consisted of a woman's cloak and hat. He also enjoined them to keep perfect silence, as he was watching a man across the road. Jarvis said, "I know who you are; you are 'tecs' and 'frogs' (slang terms for detectives and foreigners). He was then struck on the cheek. He snatched off his hat and cloak and handed them to one of the Italians, and at once seized Jarvis, who backed into the road. He followed him up, and Jarvis took a knife from his pocket and struck Robinson a violent blow on the forehead, just over the left eye, causing a star-shaped wound of a somewhat dangerous character. The force of the blow felled the officer to the ground, who in falling dragged Jarvis with him. While on the ground Jarvis made another blow at Robinson, who then drew his truncheon and struck him a violent blow, and endeavoured to knock the knife out of his hand. At this juncture the other defendant Phillips kicked him violently in the ribs. Doncaster was also struck in the cheek, the severity of the blow also dislocating his jaw. Jarvis then ran away, followed by Detective Mather, Robinson staying behind to wipe the blood out of his eyes, but he subsequently followed as well as he was able. - Mr. Keith Frith, for the prisoners, denied that either of them stabbed Robinson, and called witnesses, who swore that Robinson first struck Jarvis, and that they did not fall to the ground together, and in other material particulars flatly contradicted the witnesses for the prosecution.
- The jury convicted Jarvis of unlawfully wounding and assaulting Robinson in the execution of his duty, and also of assaulting Doncaster, but recommended him to mercy. Phillips they "Acquitted." - His lordship, in passing sentence, said he did not lose sight of the good character Jarvis had hitherto borne. He then sentenced him to six weeks' imprisonment.


The people of Birmingham, in America, are very much exercised over a series of mysterious murders which have taken place in that neighbourhood. They are similar in character to the Whitechapel atrocities. The victims selected are negroes. There have been four of these tragedies within the last three weeks. No motive for the crime is apparent, and in each case the body of the victim has been horribly mutilated.


The portions of the body recently discovered at Whitehall were on Wednesday interred at Woking cemetery.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, November 4, 1888, Page 2

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Will Receive The Heart

Post by Karen on Fri 19 Nov 2010 - 18:23



The Central News learns that Private-detective Slater, of Basinghall-street, has submitted to the Scotland-yard authorities information of a most valuable character in connection with the personality of the Whitechapel murderer. It is believed that a most important arrest will be made within the next few hours.
Up to midnight of Saturday the police were still without a clue to the Whitechapel and East-end murders. The various districts are being patrolled by extra constables, and their zeal has led them into several excesses, notably an arrest of three young men made on Thursday night in Berner-street. The police have so much in mind the vague stories of an American perpetrator of the dastardly crimes that any person in a wide-a-wake or soft felt becomes an object of suspicion. A comic singer was unfortunate enough during a professional visit on Thursday to Whitechapel, to wear one of these hats; and, when during the interval he and two friends strolled round the neighbourhood to the view the scene of the Berner-street tragedy, they were promptly denounced by some too quick-sighted citizen, avaricious of the promised rewards, and marched off by the police. It is only due to the latter to say they were detained but a very short time, sufficient to test the truth of their statement.
Yesterday we were informed that last Monday night the words, "I shall do another murder and will receive her heart," were found written in chalk on the footway in Camplin-street, Deptford.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, Sunday October 28, 1888

Note: The mention of Private-detective Slater of the Slater's Detective Agency causes me to think that, perhaps, they are the detective agency that gave Scotland-yard a great deal of aggravation.

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