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Six Women Murdered

Post by Karen on Fri 17 Jun 2011 - 23:12

THE LONDON HORROR.

There is great excitement in London over the Whitechapel murders. Within the last few weeks six women of frail habits have been foully butchered by an unknown hand, in that notorious abode of London villainy. The women destroyed were of the worst class. They were poor. No motive is therefore assigned for the bloody deeds. The murders seem to have been committed by but one person, for in almost every instance, the plan pursued has been precisely the same. The murderer has a knowledge, albeit in a rough way, of anatomy. After choking and cutting the throats of his victims, he has dissected them. In no instance has he robbed their persons of the trifling sums of money they had in their possession. He has mutilated their features and their bodies, and all the evidence adduced at the inquests proves that the same hand has committed all six butcheries. The place where these crimes have been perpetrated is patrolled every ten minutes by the London police. But it has been shown that each murder could not have occupied more than five minutes of time. If this be true, the murderer could easily escape during the next five minutes, for the coast would be comparatively clear. The fact that these terrible outrages have been going on for a month, and no arrests have been made, startles the London public very considerably. The press have taken the matter up. John Tenniel, in the issue of Punch, received here by yesterday's mail, has a cartoon representing the London policemen playing blindman's bluff in the Whitechapel district. The "Peeler" is hoodwinked, and around him are the very wide-awake London toughs, while on the walls are Government placards offering rewards for the apprehension of the murderers. The daily press have also gone heavily into the question, and the Telegraph has insisted on the resignation of the Home Secretary. Mr. Matthews appears to have been a political failure, from the very beginning of his career. He caused his Government to be defeated on the Cass question. Later, he administered the affairs of his office so badly, that he was in great danger of a public reprimand. Under his very nose four murders were committed in Whitechapel, and the murderers are not in jail. Early on Sunday morning two more butcheries of lewd women occurred at the same place, and up to Monday afternoon, the police had failed to unearth the culprit. The Telegraph, which is a paper friendly to the Government, demands the resignation of the Home Secretary on the ground of his incompetence, and says that Lord Salisbury should dismiss him if he has not himself the grace to resign. The London police are certainly the best in the world. It is singular, in view of all the circumstances, and as the methods of this murderer are so well known and understood, that the police have failed to lay their hands on him. Sir Charles Warren, the Chief Police officer, has also rendered himself open to censure, and he has not escaped severe criticism. These atrocious murders recall analogous cases in the annals of crime, and we find in the leading papers Dequincy's murder considered as a fine art, reproduced.

Late London telegrams tell us that hundreds of policemen and detectives are searching for clews in the vicinity of the murders, that the excitement is intense and that a cordon has been formed. The next few hours ought to develop something. In the meantime, the great metropolis is baffled

Source: Quebec Weekly Chronicle, Thursday October 4, 1888, Page 2

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