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Louise Maud Steel

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Night Hunt For "Ripper" Murderer in London.
Every Available Yard Detective Mobilised In Riddle Of Dead Girl On Heath.

"Daily Express" Special Representative.

Another "Jack the Ripper" is at large in London. That is the startling fact which emerges vividly from the riddle of the murder of Louise Maud Steel, a nineteen-year-old domestic servant, who was employed at a house in Lee-road, Blackheath.
Every available Scotland-yard detective has been mobilised - for the murder is of such a character that the police chiefs believe it imperative, in the public interest, that an arrest should be made as early as possible.
The body of the girl was discovered yesterday morning - unclothed and mutilated in an extraordinary manner - lying in the middle of a football pitch on Blackheath, only seventy-five yards away from a main high road.
All the resources of the Criminal Investigation Department of Scotland-yard were yesterday thrown into the investigation of the crime, and the hunt continued throughout the night.
The Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, with Chief Constable J. Ashley, head of the detective division, last night visited Blackheath to hold a special consultation with Superintendent C. Cooper, who is in charge of the case.
Sir Bernard Spitsbury, the famous pathologist, was called in to examine the body, in order that the police might have his valuable theories on the injuries, and how they might have been caused.
No definite clue to the identity of the murderer had been found at a late hour last night.
Information is wanted by the police from any person who might have seen Louise Steel in Blackheath Village, or in the vicinity of the heath, with a man after 8:15 on Thursday night.

WELL-BUILT GIRL.

Any reader of the "Daily Express" who recognises the photograph of the dead girl and recalls having passed her anywhere on Thursday night is asked to communicate at once with the police.
She was wearing a black overcoat, trimmed with brown fur collar and cuffs, a tight-fitting dark brown felt hat, black frock with green collar, silk jazz-coloured scarf, dark brown stockings and plain black shoes. She was a well-built girl nearly six feet in height.
Here are the facts of the murder as known to the police: -

At five minutes to seven on Thursday evening Louise Steel was sent out by her employer to return a library book and to make a call at a chemist's shop in Blackheath village - ten minutes' walk away.
It was arranged that she would be back at the house in Lee-road at nine o'clock.
She called at the library and returned the book, but she did not fulfil her errand at the chemist's.
Between the library and the chemist's shop she met her murderer.
The next evidence is provided by a lamplighter, Mr. Lawrence Harvey, who, at half-past seven yesterday morning was crossing the heath in the direction of the Prince of Wales' pond.

SHOE GRIPPED IN HAND.

He noticed something lying in the centre of the large triangle of green known as the Horse Ring, and, with another man, went across the sodden grass to see what was there.
They found the naked body of the murdered girl, partially covered by her coat. The body was lying on its back with arms spread-eagled - as though dropped - at a spot fifty yards away from a concrete footpath, seventy-five yards away from the road and the same distance from the nearest lamp.
Gripped in the right hand of the girl was one of her black high-heeled court shoes. It almost seemed as though she had held the shoe like that as a poor weapon against attack.
Immediately the police were called. Their examination showed these details: -

Only a portion of the girl's clothing was near the body. She was wearing only one light-coloured stocking, but both garters, and fragments of torn undergarments. The other stocking and shoe were fifteen yards away. Her hat, coat, and skirt were missing.
There were no signs of a struggle on the soft ground where the body lay, but from that spot - leading diagonally towards Shooter's Hill-road - was a clear line of footmarks.
The injuries to the girl were of such a character as cannot fully be described.
It was the opinion of the police surgeon who first carried out a post-mortem examination that death was due to shock following strangulation. There was the red weal of a cord having been tightly wrapped around her throat, but there were other injuries which would have accounted for death - heavy, fierce bruises on the side of the head and left of the face and fiendish wounds.
Some of these wounds were peculiar. They might have been caused by a double-edged knife or dagger or even by a pair of particularly sharp scissors.

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All the mutilations were typical of Jack the Ripper. There has, indeed, been no such murder since the time forty years ago when "The Ripper" terrorised the East End of London.
All the evidence which the police collected went to support the theory that the murder was not actually committed at the place where the body lay.

POLICE THEORIES.

That place would have been in darkness on Thursday night, but it is surrounded by lighted roads and within calling distance of road and footpath.
Thus the police were thrown back on the suggestion that the murder took place either: -
In a house adjoining the heath, or in a motor-car, somewhere on a Kentish road, and that the body was brought back and dumped at that particular spot out of range of the street lamps.
According to the medical statements death probably took place from seven to eight and a half hours before the body was first examined.
This would put the time of the crime at round about midnight on Thursday.
Obviously, the man who killed Louise Steel was well acquainted with the district. Otherwise he would not have left the body at that particular spot. Probably he lives in Blackheath or the vicinity.

MAN IN A CAR.

Inquiries last night were directed towards several ends. A statement which was being carefully sifted was that at seven o'clock a middle-aged man, with a small saloon motor-car, was in Blackheath village and spoke to several girls, asking the nearest way to a certain road.
Then there was the information given by Miss Steel's friends that lately the murdered girl had complained of being pestered by a tall, dark man, who had asked her to go for walks.
This man had waited outside her home at Plumstead when she went to visit her parents, and had also been seen in Lee-road, where she worked.

A bundle of letters which Louise Steel had carefully kept in her box in her bedroom at her employment were taken possession of by the detectives.
It was proved by the doctors that the girl before she was killed was gagged and possibly her arms bound behind her at the wrists. The injuries of the gag showed in her mouth.

Source: The Daily Express, Saturday January 24, 1931, Page 1

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Re: Louise Maud Steel

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Source: The Daily Mirror, Saturday January 24, 1931, Page 1

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Miss Louisa Steel

Post by Karen on Tue 5 Apr 2011 - 14:53

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MOTOR-CAR CLUES IN "RIPPER" MURDER OF LONDON GIRL.
Victim of 19 Found Unclothed and Mutilated on Common in Early Morning.

CASTS OF FOOTPRINTS TAKEN.
Police Theory That Body Was Carried to Spot in a Car: Detectives Visit Garages.

Car clues have been discovered which may lead to the tracing of the assailant of a girl found murdered on Blackheath, S.E., early yesterday.
The victim was Louisa Maud Steel, a nineteen-year-old servant, of Ann-street, Plumstead. Her unclothed and mutilated body was found on the common about 7:30 a.m. She had apparently been strangled and then the body had been cut in many places with a knife or razor.
It is believed that the crime took place some distance away, and that the body was brought to Blackheath in a motor-car. Impressions of footprints and tyre marks have been found, and search is being made for a car said to have been seen on the heath shortly before the crime was discovered.
The crime bears a strong resemblance to the "Jack the Ripper" murders and Chief Constable Ashley and Superintendent Cooper of the "Big Five" are in charge of the investigations.

SHOE GRASPED IN DEAD GIRL'S HAND.
Did She Use It as Weapon to Defend Herself?

POLICE APPEAL.

Two of the most famous detectives in Britain, Chief Constable Ashley and Superintendent Cooper, were at work until a late hour last night investigating the Blackheath murder mystery.
Valuable facts gradually accumulated, and at a late hour it was known that -

The girl is believed to have been strangled at a place other than on the common and then brought to the spot where she was found in a motor-car.
Footprints were discovered and casts taken of them.
Marks made by the tyres of a car may prove a valuable clue.

Scotland Yard detectives last night visited garages in the neighbourhood to ascertain whether a car has been missed.
Sir Bernard Spilsbury made an examination of the body.
In the evening Scotland Yard issued a photograph of Miss Steel together with the following statement:
"At 7:55 last night the young woman left her address in Lee-road, and went to the library in Blackheath village and should have called at the chemist's shop of Butcher Carnow's in Blackheath village.

CALLOUS CRIME.

"She did not reach the shop and so far as the police are aware was not seen until her body was found.
"Any person who may have seen her either alone or in company with anyone at any time during the evening or night should communicate with the police at New Scotland Yard, or any police station."
The police theory is that she was stopped between the library and the chemist's shop by a man in a car who took her for a ride.
The discovery was made by a lamplighter about 7:30 a.m., and he summoned the police. The body lay near the main road and was unclothed, although a coat and skirt had seemingly been dropped over it, but had blown away.
The police rank the murder as one of the most callous and cruel in the annals of recent crime, and believe it must have been the work of a maniac.
One side of the girl's face had been so badly cut with a razor as to be almost unrecognisable and various parts of the body bore evidence of fiendish work with the same instrument. Marks on the throat pointed to strangulation.

POLICE HUNT FOR CAR SEEN ON HEATH.
Woman's Story of Vehicle That Had No Lights.

STANDING ON FOOTPATH.

A woman living in South-row, which faces the scene of the crime, informed the police last night that during the early morning she saw a car stationary on a footpath leading across the heath.
She could not see any persons in the car, but stated that it was stationary, apparently without lights, for some time.
The police attach importance to the statement, and search is being made for a car answering the description supplied.
A man and another woman also gave statements to the police last night. The woman, it is understood, gave information regarding a man dressed in grey flannel trousers and a dark coat who stopped her on the common.
She described the man fully, but it is understood the police do not attach great importance to her statement.

WOMAN INTERVIEWED.
Attacked Near Scene of Murder on Previous Night.

It was revealed last night that another woman was attacked at the bottom of Granville Park, Blackheath, on Thursday night.
The scene of this attack was about half a mile from the scene of the murder.
The idea of the woman's assailant seemed to be the snatching of her handbag, but the woman was interviewed last night by Scotland Yard officers to try to discover if there is any association between the crimes.

MENTAL HOME ESCAPES.
London Hunt for Two Fugitives from Banstead Hospital.

Police are searching London for two of four mental patients who escaped from Banstead Mental Hospital on Thursday evening.
Two of the men have been found, one at his home in Bermondsey, and another was detained at Brentford.
One man still at large is A.E. Fox, aged about twenty-eight, who is 5ft. 7in. tall and stockily built. He has a cast in one eye, and his home is at Plumstead.

Source: The Daily Mirror, Saturday January 24, 1931, Page 3

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Re: Louise Maud Steel

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Is this another Ripper victim? Why such a long time between murders, do you think?

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Re: Louise Maud Steel

Post by Karen on Fri 8 Apr 2011 - 6:12

I do not think that this murder was committed by the same individuals who committed the Ripper atrocities in 1888, however, like-minded individuals and features present themselves, such as the finding of the body of Miss Steel in the center of a triangle in the field.

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