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Post by Karen on Mon 15 Nov 2010 - 20:49

THE MYSTERIOUS OUTRAGE AT BLACKFRIARS.
EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENTS.

Up to this afternoon, the police had not succeeded in making any arrest for the murderous attack made last week on the young woman Minnie Cameron, who is still lying at Guy's Hospital through the severe injuries she received. A very searching inquiry is, however, still being made by the police, in the hope of some clue being obtained to the perpetrator of the assault. When first found weltering in blood in Valentine-place, Blackfriar's-road, at half-past six in the morning, it was thought she had received her injuries near there, probably in some house of ill-repute. When asked by a number of working-men how she had received such injuries, she strongly asserted that a policeman on Blackfriar's-bridge had struck her with his truncheon, and that she hardly knew how she got to the place where she was found. She said that after receiving the blow from the truncheon she fell down stunned, and remembered very little more. A working man named Jeffries, on going to his work, traced the track of blood right from Valentine-place, along the west side of Blackfriar's-road, and also over the west side of Blackfriar's-bridge to the second parapet. At this point a pool of blood was found, and it is believed that that is the spot where she was either stabbed or received the blow. Owing to the very serious charge she made against the police full statements were taken, and a most rigid inquiry was at once instituted. The very serious question arose as to whether there had been any attempt on the part of the policeman to blackmail her. After the working men had washed her so that they could see her face, they called a policeman from the Blackfriar's-road, and asked him to take her to a hospital; but it is stated by a number of witnessed that when he heard that she had been struck by a policeman's truncheon, he walked off, as the woman said she wanted to be left alone, and did not want to go to any hospital. At this time the woman was evidently sinking, and getting quite dazed from loss of blood. Some working men, one of whom was a Mr. Howard, a football maker, then of their own accord got a cab, and also fetched a second policeman, and they took her to Guy's Hospital. The surgeon there stated that she was just in time, her blood was ebbing so fast that in another half-hour her case would have probably been fatal. The case was so serious that her statements were taken as soon as possible, but after being in the hospital a few hours, when asked how she came by her injuries she stated she was stabbed by a barrister she was acquainted with. She has since made a long statement in which she denies her two early statements. In her last statement she says she expresses her regret for having said she had been knocked down by a policeman's truncheon. She had no ground for saying so, and she strongly adheres to it that her mind was wandering when she said so. It is not true either that she was stabbed by a barrister. All she can tell is, that she was suddenly struck or stabbed from behind, but by whom she cannot tell. She believes she had got to the second parapet when she received the blow or stabs.

Source: The Echo, Friday September 30, 1887, Page 5

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