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Spiritualistic Interview with Rond-Jon

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Spiritualistic Interview with Rond-Jon

Post by Karen on Thu 15 Aug 2013 - 8:37


Two Curious Coincidences.

To the already voluminous literature of "Jack the Ripper," a London correspondent adds the following tale, culled from a French journal of honoured respectability, and which vouches for its truthfulness: - Two well-known Parisian artists recently arrived in London on a holiday visit. Of course they visited the East End, and went over the docks, and - as far as their Gallic timidity allowed them - that squalid region known in London's history as the "Ripper" area in the Eastern murder land. Getting back to their hotel that evening, they fell to discussing Whitechapel John. Like a good many other people, they wondered what had become of him. Had he been infected with the strick fever? Had some mishap befallen him? A score of suppositions were run through, each one seemingly more improbable than the other, and, in despair of solving the problem by themselves, the couple at last requisitioned a little supernatural aid. In other words, they resorted to spiritualism. Both were ardent believers in this occult science, and had unlimited faith in the veracity of the creepy visitors from the "other side." So they racked their brains for a likely spirit, and after a bit of deep thinking, invoked one Mandarin Rond-Jon. Presumably Rond-Jon was an awful miscreant, seeing that he qualified for the guillotine in Paris in 1873. He was, in fact, a shedder of blood, and dying, it is said, unrepentant, might fairly be assumed to know something about "Jack" if that scientific gentleman had really departed to the land of shades, or for the matter of that, according to spiritualistic doctrines, even if he were still in the flesh. So with the customary formula the artistic twain summoned Rond-Jon into their presence. Strange to say, he seemed no worse for having his head cut off. His affability was charming. He seated himself at table with the painters; in short, he had those hearty manners which being alone to spectres. After some conversation on other subjects, Mons. A---- asked his visitor if he knew anything about "Jack" - who he was, where he was, and why he had lately been so quiet. Rond-Jon smiled blandly at the query. "Know him? Jack? I should think so. He lives in the Rue Betsey, and he is a butcher." And as if comprehending that this was all he had been wanted for the decapitated Mandarin relapsed into oblivion. With all haste the two artists hurried off to Scotland Yard and laid their spiritualistic information before the Chief Commissioner, and it is a curious coincidence that in Whitechapel there is a "Rue Betsey" - a little street so called by the inhabitants in memory of an old woman of that name, who once upon a time kept a huckster's shop there. Further, one of the houses in the street was found to be tenanted by a butcher, of whose mysterious habits the local gossips told many tales. So says the aforementioned French journal, which adds the information that the police are very reticent as to the result of their investigations.

Source: Cardiff Times, 23 August 1890, Page 4

Karen Trenouth
Author of: "Epiphany of the Whitechapel Murders"
Author of: "Jack the Ripper: The Satanic Team"

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