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Jack the Ripper in Chicago

Post by Karen on Wed 7 Mar 2012 - 20:25

"JACK THE RIPPER."
Women on Clark and LaSalle Streets Chased By An Insane Man.

"JACK THE RIPPER" IN CHICAGO.

The frail daughters of Phryne, who walk the pavement in the vicinity of Clark and Lake streets, were thrown into a state of the wildest terror about 1 o'clock this morning by the appearance of a mysterious, insane-looking man on the streets, who styled himself "Jack the Ripper," and made dire threats upon their lives. The fellow was first seen on South Water street, near the corner of Clark, shortly after midnight. Half an hour later he was seen by two other women not far from the foot passengers' entrance to the LaSalle street tunnel. In both instances he made at the girls as if he meant to do them harm and chased them till the more public thoroughfares were reached, and then abandoned the pursuit. He is described as being about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches tall, of coarse features, with a full beard and shaggy eyebrows. He wore a large soft felt hat and an overcoat of dark material made with a cape. A large gold medal hung outside his overcoat at the breast.
The two women who first saw him said they were at the southwest corner of Clark and South Water streets when they saw a tall stranger across the street, going through a wild sort of pantomime with his arms, beckoning them to come over. It was rather dark where the fellow stood, and they hesitated, but finally went over. One of the women stopped in the middle of the street while the other went up to the edge of the sidewalk where he stood.
"Wouldn't you like to see Jack the Ripper?" he asked in a low gutteral voice.
"No, n-no," replied the alarmed woman, trembling from fright.
"Come on, and I will show him to you," continued the insane appearing fellow, and then he reached out his hand as if to take hold of her. With a wild scream the frightened courtesan turned and fled. "Jack the Ripper" followed, and chased the woman until they were well up on Clark street, when he ran back down South Water street.
The women were so badly frightened they could scarcely speak when they saw their pursuer had gone. They were discussing the affair in an all-night restaurant when two more women came into the resort, out of breath and in great fright. They, too, had met with a similar experience on LaSalle street, near South Water, and were chased south past the foot-passengers' entrance to the tunnel.
Though the women claim to be familiar with all the night frequenters of that part of the city, none of them could place the alleged "Jack the Ripper." They were all firm in the belief that he is the original from across the Atlantic, and that he is about to make his debut in America by butchering some of the fallen women of Chicago.

Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, Thursday Morning, April 11, 1889, Page 6

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Re: Jack the Ripper in Chicago

Post by Karen on Fri 30 Mar 2012 - 0:51

HE WAS A BAD MAN.
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A mysterious man with a dark face, a heavy black moustache, who sometimes wears a big, soft, black hat and at other times a Scotch cap, dressed in a long gray overcoat, which has a collar big enough to cover his ears when it is turned up, is terrorizing Hyde Park, a suburb of Chicago, Ill. His actions are clearly those of an insane man, and it is believed that his reason has been turned by the atrocities of the Whitechapel murderer. While Miss Hulda Johnson was returning to her home the other night from the residence of James W. Cooper, where she is employed, she was assaulted by this mysterious personage. The man asked if he might accompany her home. His actions were peculiar to those of an insane man. He spoke almost incoherently, and seemed to be intensely nervous. Miss Johnson, who has not sufficiently mastered the English language to understand the import of the man's words, hurried to the center of the other track. The man became more vehement in his importunities. The girl started to run away, when her "shadow" seized her by the arm and placed the muzzle of a revolver against her face. Miss Johnson now divined the man's intentions. Standing in the middle of the roadway, she dealt the fellow a terrific blow in the face and sent him sprawling upon the snow. Then she started to run with all her might and succeeded in getting beyond his reach.

Source: The National Police Gazette: New York, January 5, 1889, Page 7

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