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Post by Karen on Tue 14 Jun 2011 - 21:54


LONDON, Sept. 26. - The Coroner, in summing up at the inquest in the case of the last woman found murdered in Whitechapel, stated to the jury that shortly after the details of the last sitting of the jury had been published the sub-curator of the English Pathological Museum had informed him that some months ago an American had visited him and asked him to procure specimens of the uterus. The visitor stated that he would willingly pay 50 pounds each for specimens, his object being to issue an actual specimen with each copy of a book upon which he was engaged. The sub-curator promptly informed the applicant that it would be impossible to comply with his request. The American still urged the possibility of procuring the specimens and said he wanted them preserved in glycerine instead of spirits, in order to keep them flaccid. The request had been repeated at another institute. The sub-curator had promptly informed the Scotland Yard authorities of the facts in his possession. The Coroner expressed the hope that greater publicity would tend to elucidate the mystery and that the publication of these facts in the American press would assist in throwing light on the subject.

LONDON, Sept. 27. - Medical authorities, referring to the statement that a man representing himself to be the sub-curator of the English Pathological Museum had called upon the coroner and told him that before the recent murders of women in Whitechapel an American visited him and asked him to procure certain anatomical specimens from female bodies for which he was willing to pay 30 pounds, express the opinion that the man was a student who was practising a hoax upon the coroner. They say it is easy to procure the desired specimens for 1 pound each after inquests have been held upon the bodies of paupers. They think it unlikely that an American would come to England to procure such specimens.
A man named Fitzgerald has given himself up and proclaims himself the murderer, but the police do not believe him.


LONDON, Sept. 30. - This morning the whole city was again startled by the news that two more murders had been added to the list of mysterious crimes that have recently been committed in Whitechapel. At an early hour it was known that another woman had been murdered and a report was also current that there was still another victim. This report proved true. The two victims, as in the former cases, were dissolute women of the poorest class. That the motive of the murderer was not robbery is shown by the fact that no attempt was made to despoil the bodies. The first murder occurred in a narrow court off Berner street at an early hour this morning, beneath the window of a foreigners' Socialist club. A concert was in progress and many members of the club were present, but no sound was heard from the victim. The same process was followed as in the other cases. The woman had been seized by the throat and her cries choked, and the murderer with one sweeping cut had severed her throat from ear to ear. A club man on entering the court stumbled over the body, which was lying only two yards from the street. A stream of warm blood was flowing from the body into the gutter. The murderer had evidently been disturbed before he had time to mutilate his victim. The second murder was committed from three to four hours later in Mitre square, five minutes' walk from the scene of the first crime. Policemen patrol the square every ten minutes. The body of the unfortunate woman had been disembowelled, the throat cut and the nose severed. The heart and lungs had been thrown aside, and the entrails were twisted into the gaping wound around the neck. The incision shows a rough dexterity. The work of dissection was evidently done with the utmost haste. Pending the report of the doctors it is not known whether or not a portion of the viscera was taken away. The doctors, after a hasty examination of the body, said they thought it must have taken about five minutes to complete the work of the murderer who then had plenty of time to escape the patrol. Mitre square, the scene of the second murder, is a thoroughfare. Many people pass through the square early on Sunday morning on their way to prepare for market in the notorious Petticoat Lane. The publicity of the place adds to the daringness of the crime. The police, who have been severely criticised in connection with the Whitechapel murders, are paralyzed by these latest crimes. As soon as the news was received at police headquarters, a messenger was despatched for Sir Charles Warren, Chief Commissioner of Police. He was called out of bed, and at once visited the scene of the murders. The inhabitants of Whitechapel are dismayed. The vigilance committees, which were formed after the first crimes were committed, had relaxed their efforts to capture the murderer. At several meetings held in Whitechapel tonight, it was resolved to resume the work of patrolling the streets in the district in which the murders have occurred. Fitzgerald, who made a voluntary statement to the police that he was the murderer of Annie Chapman, one of the Whitechapel victims, has been discharged. The Berner street victim was Elizabeth Stride, a native of Stockholm, who resided in a common lodging-house. The name of the other victim is not known.
In consequence of the refusal of the Home Secretary, Mr. Matthews, to offer a reward for the arrest of the murderer the people of the East End on Saturday petitioned the Queen herself to authorize the offering of a reward. Dr. Blackwell, who was called to view the remains of the Berner street victim, gave it as his opinion that the same man, evidently a maniac, had committed both murders. The Berner street victim had evidently been dragged back by a handkerchief worn around the throat. The inquest will be held at eleven o'clock on Monday morning. Four doctors will be on the jury. The inquest in the Mitre square murder will probably be held on Tuesday. Late tonight a tall man wearing an American hat was arrested on suspicion of being the Whitechapel murderer. He gave his name and address as Albert Chambers, of Union street, Borough. He was unable to give a satisfactory account of himself during the previous night.

Source: Montreal Weekly Witness, Wednesday October 3, 1888, Page 1

Note: So much for the mistaken assumption that the suspicious American arrested was named Francis Tumblety.

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