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Chief Inspector John West

Post by Karen on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 21:21

Chief Inspector John West is mentioned in "Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia" on page 132.

ACCUSED BEFORE THE MAGISTRATE.

At the Thames Police-court, today, before Mr. Saunders, John Knifton, described as a butcher, of 109, Britannia-street, City-road; James Smith, a deal porter, of 16, Shaftesbury-street, Hoxton; James Howes, sawyer, of 137, Grove-road, Bow; Robert Abel, upholsterer, of 18, De Beauvoir-road, Kingsland; James Goode, fish-porter, of 398, Crawfield-street, Bethnal-green; John Fleming, of the Black Horse public-house, Rathbone-place, Oxford-street; Andrew Marsden, gentleman, of Ann's-valley, Hungerhill-road, Nottingham; John Harper, licensed victualler, Market House, Chappell-street, Islington; James Goode, live stock dealer, of 2, Settles-cottages, Sage-street, Shadwell; Thomas Kent, carman, of 3, Cliff-street, New North-road, Islington; James Metcalf, carman, of Wear-street, Kingsland-road; John Baldock, gentleman, of Lever-street, St. Luke's; Frank Grinn, decorator, of Mitchell-street, St. Luke's; George Denning, journalist, of 28, Benedict-road, Brixton and John Hicks, of 32, Stepney-green, were all charged with being concerned together in attempting to commit a breach of the peace by being accessories to a prize fight.
Mr. John E. Waters, solicitors, defended the Smith party.
Chief Inspector John West said at six o'clock this morning, in consequence of having received certain information with respect to an intended prize-fight.
Mr. Waters objected to that statement.
Witness, continuing, said - Inspector Death and other officers kept observations on Sage-street, Shadwell, until about half-past six. He saw a covered van. The prisoner Kent was driving. He signalled the other men, and they stopped the van. He said to Kent. "Where are you going?" He replied, "I don't know." Witness said, "I must know. I believe you have a number of men in that van who are about to engage in a prize fight. I shall have to take you all to Shadwell Police-station." He replied, "Very well, I will drive there." Witness then saw all the prisoners. They were conveyed to the station, and Smith and Knifton were told they would be charged with being the principals in an intended prize fight. They made no reply. The others were told they would be charged as accessories. The elder Goode replied, "I didn't know it was an offence to ride in a van." One of the prisoners - Denning - asked what they would be charged with. Searching the van, they found a bag containing ropes and stakes. There were eighteen pegs, pair of boots with spikes in them, a live pigeon, wadding, towel, sponge, ointment, a bottle containing sherry, and other articles. There was also a chest preserver. (Laughter.) Prisoners made no reply to the charge.
By Mr. Waters - Kent did not ask him his authority for stopping the van. He did so as a police officer, and it was his duty to arrest the prisoners before a breach of the peace was committed. If they said they were going to a boxing match, he should not have believed them.
By Goode - He could not tell him where he obtained his information. He did not hear him say that he (witness) might come with them to see that they did not intend to do any harm.
Inspector Death said he was in company with last witness. He saw Kent driving a van drawn by two horses. He, by arrangement, blew his whistle, and the van was surrounded. One of them said, "What have we done, governor?" At the station he saw all the articles mentioned in the van. Witness took all the charges down against the prisoners.
By Goode - He was not aware that it was usual to take pigeons to running matches.
Detective-sergeant J. Marriott gave similar evidence.
He found a handkerchief marked "J.K." in the centre.
Detective-sergeant W. Thicke said he knew Smith, Knifton, Hicks, and the two Goodes as being connected with fighting-men. Smith said, "I did not know you came from the other side of the water, or I should have changed my name tonight - Champion of England."
Smith - That was only a little friendly conversation. (Laughter.)
Mr. Saunders then remanded the prisoners on their own recognisances.

Source: The Echo, Saturday December 11, 1886, Page 3

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Post by Karen on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 21:31

SINGULAR CAPTURE OF AN ALLEGED MURDERER.

Yesterday morning a sailor, named Julian Henriques, staying at the Sailors' Home, Well-street, Whitechapel, was given into custody on the charge of wilfully murdering a woman with whom he had been co-habiting, at Callao, South America. From what can be learned, it appeared that in the month of November, 1881, Henriques had a quarrel with the woman, and deliberately shot her with a revolver, killing her instantly. He then absconded, and nothing more was heard of him until yesterday, when he was met by some of his former shipmates, in Whitechapel. They immediately recognised him, and had him taken into custody. When charged before Chief Inspector West at the Leman-street Police-station, Henriques denied having murdered the woman, but admitted knowing the persons who informed against him. He also admitted being in Callao at the time. Henriques was brought up at the Thames Police-court today charged with the murder, and was remanded.

Source: The Echo, Monday May 17, 1886, Page 2

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Post by Karen on Mon 6 Aug 2012 - 11:32

THE SPITALFIELDS PANIC.
THE INQUEST.

This afternoon Mr. Wynne E. Baxter opened the inquest on the bodies of the seventeen persons killed in the Spitalfields disaster, namely - Isaac Levy, 74, of 270, Brunswick-buildings; Golda Levy, 57, his wife; Solomon Krotofsky, 15, of 41, Pelham-street; Lewis Krotofsky, 13, his brother; Rachael Levy, 22, of 18, Merton-street, Commercial-road; Regina Monaickendam, 45, of 1, Catherine Wheel-yard; Betsy Cohen, 15, of 2, Corbett's-court, Bell-lane; Esther Ellis, 16, of 4, Colchester-street; Isaac Gulberg, 12, of 3, Chicksand-street; Millie Gulberg, 38, his mother; Betsy Aizan, 24, of 143, Hanbury-street; Eva Marks, 9, of 36, Spital-street; Jennie Goldstein, 24, of 24, Hanbury-street; Esther Rosenfel, 21, of 5, Regel-place; Katie Silverman, 22, of 27, Heneage-street; Katie Baum, 19, of 57, Christian-street; and Sarah Rinalds, 20, of 6, Booth-street-buildings. Mr. Thomas Beard, solicitor, attended on behalf of Mr. Smith, the proprietor of the hall. Mr. Romain, solicitor, watched the proceedings on behalf of the relatives of the deceased; the Rev. David Fay represented the Chief Rabbi; and Superintendent Arnold and Chief Inspector West appeared for the police.
Sir F.T. Buxton, who has large business interests in the neighbourhood, was among those present. The inquest was held in the Dramatic Club-room in which the disaster on Tuesday night occurred. The room was scattered with orange peel, broken glass, and overturned chairs, its condition being purposely left practically the same as it was found on Tuesday night after it was cleared of the audience. Under these circumstances, the scene was naturally very dismal; and the sight of a stack of shells in one corner of the room, together with the moaning and sobbing of some of the witnesses, accentuated the depressing nature of the inquiry.
The Jews on the Jury were in a decided minority, numbering only five out of the fifteen of which the panel consisted. The seventeen bodies having been viewed by them, the Coroner announced that he should take nothing but formal evidence of identification today. At the conclusion of the evidence he should adjourn the inquiry until Friday, the 28th inst., at the Shoreditch Town Hall.
Davis Krotofsky, the father, who is a tailor, could not say whether his two boys were numbered three and four in the improvised mortuary, and had to go back to the awful sight of the seventeen corpses to see. The Coroner, at the same time, gave instructions that each of the witnesses should see the numbers of the bodies they were to identify before tendering their evidence. On his return the bereaved parent said he did not know, of his own knowledge, that his boys actually came to the hall' but they left home to do so about six o'clock, and he never saw them again alive.
Abraham Levy, of 18, Wentworth-court, carman and contractor, identified the deceased, Isaac Levy, who was a rivetter, as his father in law. Witness had been at the performance, and had left his father in law still sitting there only about five minutes before the panic occurred, viz., at about twenty minutes past eleven. That was the last time he saw him alive. Witness also identified Golda Levy, his mother in law, who was with her husband (witness's father in law) at the time witness left them.
Hymen Cohen, a boot-finisher, identified Rachel Levy as his sister in law. She followed the business of a button-hole maker.
Gabriel Monaickendam, a collector, said Regina Monaickendam was his wife. He was with her at the performance on Tuesday night. He had not seen her body till today.
Abraham Cohen, a glazier, identified the next body as that of his unmarried sister, who followed the trade of cigarette-making. She went with her sister, Leah, and her brother Isaac to the performance, and those two, who were aged 13 and seven respectively, got home.
Abraham Ellis, tailor, said Esther Ellis was his sister, and was a dressmaker. He last saw her alive at twenty minutes past six on Tuesday evening, when she said she was going to the Dramatic Club, in Prince's-street.
Morris Gulberg, tailor, stated that Isaac Gulberg was his son, and came to the entertainment with his mother. Neither of them returned home, and he never saw them again alive.
Myer Aizan, tailor, identified the body of Betsy Aizan as that of his wife, and the ordeal was continued until all of the deceased persons had been duly sworn to.
At the conclusion of the evidence, a Juror said that he thought that if plans of the hall could be produced it would be of assistance to the Jury, as they should not be meeting here the next time. It was important that they should see about the exits.
Mr. Smith, in answer to the Coroner, said he had no plans.
A Juror - I think it essential we should examine the place.
Mr. Smith, at the request of Mr. Beard, then conducted the Jury round the hall, and the inquiry was adjourned.

We are asked to state that a subscription list in aid of the families of the deceased has been opened at the offices of the Jewish Chronicle, 2, Finsbury-square.

Source: The Echo, Thursday January 20, 1887, Page 4

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