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Mary McHugh Fights Off Attacker

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Mary McHugh Fights Off Attacker

Post by Karen on Wed 30 Mar 2011 - 7:31



Miss Mary McHugh Was Assaulted But Used Her Muscle, and the Fiend Was Pushed Into the Gutter - Theories as to the Object.

An unknown man, who was described by his victim as "tall and wearing a straw hat," about 9:30 last night attacked Mary McHughs near the corner of Bleeker and Hallam streets and attempted to cut her throat after having dealt her several blows in the face. The woman is quite an athlete in build and resisted her assailant so successfully that he did her but little injury. When she realized that the man had drawn a knife on her she backed toward the fence to evade the flashing weapon and at the opportune moment pushed him by a thrust in the stomach. He fell backward and rolled into the gutter. Miss McHugh screamed when "Jack the Ripper" was down and ran into the house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. John Geary, with whom she resides. Neighbors who heard her cries for help came to the scene in a few minutes, but nothing of the strange individual could be seen. It is supposed he crawled on all fours along the fence eight or ten feet until he reached the mouth of an alley and then took to his heels under cover of the abutting buildings. Those who came out of their houses immediately upon the woman's first calls for aid said they saw no one leave the premises except her. That was when she ran from the spot to enter the Geary residence. Hence the belief that the man got away in the manner mentioned above is entertained by the officers to whom it was reported shortly afterward.
Miss McHugh can ascribe no reason why anyone should attack her. She is about 30 years of age and says she has had no love affairs recently that might lead a jilted swain to seek revenge. The theory of robbery is not countenanced. Only one solution to the mystery was advanced. That is, that Jack may have made a mistake and assaulted Miss McHugh instead of some woman of the neighborhood for whom he was lying in wait.

Source: Aspen Daily Times, August 31, 1895, Page 8

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