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Murders Of Chapman, Eddowes and Watts

Post by Karen on Fri 28 May 2010 - 14:26

From Abroad.
Fixed and loose.
(Edited for the Java Bode.)

The London women murders - The report of the coroner - Suspects taken - Bloody letters of Jack the Ripper - The identity of victims - Elizabeth Watts - The scene of the massacre - Special instructions - Hunting on the track - Great vivacity in Whitechapel - Reward by the government refused - Suspicions about the cause - A book about and involving criminals - What cab? - The revenge of the brotherhood - Old rats in the trap - Six candidates for a presidential seat - The award-winning beauty spas - The operation of one of these spas- Anecdotes.

We can not really help it! The newspapers of the last mail delivery contain almost no substance to this section, other then the travel of Emperor Wilhelm II and the Whitechapel murders in England. The travel details of princes we have already so often had to swallow and give, regardless of Australian vagabonds, bad visitors and others, that we are afraid that our readers would choke on them. Even the best things can abuse. The news is off. So we will now only give the latest reports of the London atrocities as little as distasteful as possible to reflect and begin to refer to the report of the coroner, on the body of Annie Chapman, the fourth woman murdered in Whitechapel. A remarkable peculiarity was noted. To the jury the coroner notified a communication which aroused universal emotion that the crime committed was by someone who is perfectly familiar with the secrets of anatomy and that the killer was evidently able to remove the uterus, with extraordinary care and skill from the body of Annie Chapman. The coroner also stated that a month or so before the murder, an American who visited the pathological museum at London, had asked the inter-animal facility director whether specimens of the uterus could be delivered, as he had two hundred and fifty guilders. The American said he wanted to expose these specimens as evidence in a scientific work that he would be issuing shortly. The Vice-Director of the pathological museum refused to grant the request, and the American had the same negative result from a similar source. The coroner finally stated that the Vice-Director of the pathological museum had brought these facts to the attention of the police as soon as he had heard at the inquest that the body of Annie Chapman was found in absence of the uterus. Shortly after this report became known, a certain John Fitzgerald was arrested, who passed himself off as the murderer of Annie Chapman, but this is unlikely, since there are neighborhoods in the infamous London area where murders have been committed under the same conditions. Sunday 30th September, between two and three o'clock in the morning a policeman discovered on his beat in Berner Street, about five hundred meters from the scene of the previous crimes, the still-warm corpse of a woman in her thirties, whose head was almost entirely separated from the body. Like the other victims she was among the public women of the meanest kind. She had no jewels or money, so theft as a reason could not be considered.
A half hour after this discovery, police found another murdered woman in Mitre Square, a small square on the boundaries of the City, the corpse of a woman about 40 years old. Like Annie Chapman, the murderer was not satisfied with only cutting his victim's neck. He had her clothes ripped off, the unfortunate belly cut open, and a portion of her intestines wrapped around her neck. There remains no doubt about it: one hand has committed the same wretched horrors practiced since the month of August and staining the London streets with blood. The police believe it is the same individual because on the night of 29th - 30th September two unfortunates were killed in succession within an interval of half an hour, whose bodies were found by the Commission. Some distinctive marks will prove this rather categorical. What is extraordinary is worth noting. The body of the woman murded in Mitre Square was missing one ear. On Thursday a letter had been sent to the telegraphic agency of the Central News written in red ink, from a guy who called himself Jack the Ripper and drew focus on famous that he was the perpetrator of all these murders, who cheerfully mocked the inability of the police and said he planned to continue his bloody spree, and he said that he would cut off the ears of the next victim and send them to the police, who also deserved to be tricked. The directors of the Central News initially thought that it was a misplaced joke, but as soon as they heard that the last victim actually had an ear cut off, the letter was sent to the security department of Scotland Yard. The head of this Department, Sir Charles Warren, went in person to see the two new corpses in the morgue records, and also the places where the double crime was committed. Worth mentioning is that Jack the Ripper in his correspondence expressed his regret that he could not write with the blood of his victims, which he had collected in a beer bottle but that it was as thick as glue. At the last moment was a rumor - which was not subsequently confirmed - that the police had arrested in a house in Union Street a tall American with brown hair, whose suspicious ways had already brought general attention for a few days. That man would have known the night of Saturday to Sunday having spent the night in the open air, but peacefully slept on the bridge at Blackfriars, close by the Lord Mayor Keizer at The Royal Hotel. As it was, the surge in all areas of London is great, no less than five public meetings were held on Sunday in hastily convened in Bethnal Green and Mile End demanding the resignation of the minister of internal affairs, Matthews, and the Chief of the security police, Sir Charles Warren, and to be replaced by officials who understand how to catch murderers. The investigation of the Coroner has further revealed that the murdered woman in Berner Street was called Elizabeth Watts. According to the testimony of her sister, a decent factory worker, Elizabeth Watts was 37 years old and has previously been married to a wealthy merchant of wines and liqueurs in Bath, but as her husband one day was caught in adultery with one of his porters, he had her put away and had himself gone to America, where he still is today. Elizabeth Watts lived a half of a year later with a sailor who lost his life in a shipwreck. This left her destitute and she gave herself totally over to fornication, and then became known under the name of "Long Liz". Every Saturday she visited her sister, who supported her regularly. Elizabeth Watts had a half sister who married a rich man in Bath. Furthermore, she had two children, one, a girl, and a boy who is deceased. Her face looked run down, like that of someone who has already endured much misery. One of the most incomprehensible circumstances of the tragedy is that notwithstanding the extraordinary vigilance that has been exercised for some time, no one heard a cry. Yet the murder was committed in a blind alley, next to the door of an international socialist club, whose members at that very moment was sitting. It was even the caretaker of the club, some Louis Diemchutz, and not as they originally thought the police, who found the corpse. Louis Diemschutz, returning to the club in Berner Street, arrived in a cart from the Crystal Palace when his horse suddenly halted, and despite all attempts froze on the spot shivering. Diemschutz jumped down from his cart and took some time in the hellish darkness to light a match, and found the corpse of the unfortunate Elizabeth Watts. The assassin was then not far away, because the corpse was still warm.
The same was true of the corpse found in Mitre Square. The policeman on duty in that vicinity for walked his beat every fifteen minutes on the very spot where the murder was committed. The woman whose body he found bleeding, was therefore murdered only a few minutes before the discovery was made. Nor in Berner Street was a cry for help heard, although several neighbors were awake. The corpse in Mitre Square was so dreadfully maimed, the identity is not able to be determined. On the corpse was found: a knife, two stone pipes, a basement candle, three bars of soap, two pieces of sugar, tea powder in a piece of paper, a cigarette-case, a prospectus and two receipts of a bank loan, with different names given, but the banker has been unable to identify her. An important clue is the following: the victim was wearing an apron, which a whole bloody piece was found in a back lot in Berner Street. Police deduce that the killer had ripped that piece to wash his hands before entering his house, and determined that he must live near Berner Street, ie in the heart of the Whitechapel district where all the crimes were perpetrated. And this hypothesis is more likely because a person who is covered with blood does not often go unnoticed and could continue if he was not hiding in the immediate vicinity of his atrocities. Elizabeth Watts also held in her frozen hand a bunch of raisins and some candy. It is pretty well determined that the two murders were committed within an interval of time not exceeding half an hour by the same individual, that still must have been dripping blood from his first victim when he attacked the second. There is now an order to use hounds to track the murderer in view of the multiple victims that may still fall under the knife. This latter fear was not unjustified proved a Reuter telegram of 16th October, where again two women killed, which also follows that the killer has not been apprehended. It will probably be recalled that it was a dog on the plains of Pantin which dug up the corpse of the son of Kinck, whom they imagined was an accomplice of Troppmann. It was also a hunting dog, twelve years ago in England, on the trail of the murderer of a little girl of twelve years, who was killed at Blackburn under mysterious circumstances. In any case, the police are found inadequate. With a population of five million souls are only 8000 agents, which amounts at night to no more than 60%. On Tuesday, 2 October, the general excitement had yet to calm down. Thick crowds siege constantly to Berner Street, Mitre Square and other streets, idlers idling there all day, hawkers have flying restorations designed, and there was even a cynical cry that at least it brought some good to this neighborhood! People read the papers aloud there and discuss the details of the murders. The inhabitants of Whitechapel did not show proof of a panic. Some of the most privileged moved hurriedly to safer neighborhoods. Whitechapel is suitable, it must be recognized, excellent for such crimes, apart from a few main arteries with more traffic, as eg Commercial Road. It consists of a tangle of narrow streets, blind alleys and lanes, where even the policemen are no different taking account of exceptional safety. Both sides of the Road are narrow, poorly paved and poorly lit. Even worse, are the Common Lodging Houses, dormitories, where for 10 to 15 cents a person can spend the night without being required to give his name. As home to an entire population of beggars, wandering traders, old and horrible street girls, and thieves, it is an inconvenience to the police and to the inhabitants of those stinking dens. Convicted by the health committee is a great number of uninhabited animal houses. The Board of Works, the Committee for Public Works, which recently in the English newspapers exposed the ugly sins, is in no hurry for the hoe to save those caves, which offer a wonderful shelter to those who have even the Common Lodgings alert because there for a very few times the police makes a round, so it is extremely difficult to detect a person in that circle, where each fend for themselves and must be careful to keep hiding and where tattle is fatal. For the zeal of the few reminders to prompt them to brave the danger to which they are actually exposed, some newspapers and individuals of the government have offered a sum of 5000 pounds as a prize for the head of the murderer. That plea, albeit immoral, not so impractical, is proven by the fact that they never knew the names of the murderers of Lord Cavendish and Mr. Burke came when Carey had betrayed him. When the government rejected this offer, a petition was presented to the Queen for God's sake to do everything to put an end to these terrible murders. To prove how bad the police were, the petition stated the fact that one hour after the murder in Mitre Square, a gang of evildoers robbed a nearby post office and fifteen hundred pounds were stolen without anyone noticing anything. Colonel Sir Alfred Kizby, commander of a battalion of engineers, gave one hundred pounds sterling from his own pocket and promised him that the murderer will be extradited, and fifty men of his command were put at the disposal of the authorities provided to help protect the people of Whitechapel. The strangest theories are circulating about the perpetrator of these murders. According to Dr. Edgard Sheppard he must be a monomaniac, who by providence considers it appropriate to combating prostitution with murder. Others maintain that it has to do with the black soul of some unscrupulous scientist who had much money left for anatomical parts, and it will be two killers in memory, Hare and Burke, who in 1828, at midnight killed thirteen people in succession to sell specimens to a doctor. The crimes at that time caused such a consternation among the public that even the House itself interfered with anatomical lectures at the medical service called life, that did not exist. This service was and is to this day still very poor and inadequately equipped. Today, the average price for a guy is sixty guilders, of which twelve guilders rely on the spiritual, the latter reads prayers over the anatomical remains of what once was a man. It is undoubtedly this lack of dubious elements attributable to the anatomical science in England, and consequently the healing profession in general, is at such a low stage of development. For the same reason, notes Dr. Gubb in an article in a medical journal very impartially, there is actually no practical surgery in England. It houses some very few known specialties, but not mediocre. Therefore, all the young doctors who want to learn the surgical field, at first study in Vienna, Berlin or Paris. A third view is that of anti-Semites, who ascribe the killing to the Jews. They recall the case of the Galician Jew, Ritter, who in 1884 killed and mutilated a Christian. The witnesses in the case read a few passages in the Talmud, where murder is legitimate in a Christian way of penance for illicit intercourse with a woman of that faith. Could such a superstition or religious belief also play a part in the Whitechapel murders. This hypothesis however, holds the least faith.

Source: Java-Bode: Nieuws, handels - en advertentieblad voor Nederlandsch-Indie, 10-11-1888, Page 9

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Re: Murders Of Chapman, Eddowes and Watts

Post by Mr Hyde on Tue 16 Jul 2013 - 19:22

We have seen pictures of Catlin and Liston knives.

www.medicalantiques.com/civilwar/Surgery_set_images/Hernstein_CW_set/Hernstein photos/amputation knives.JPG

 Always reckoned one of these would be handy on the way home along Hanbury Street in the early hours of the morning.

www.ebay.com.au/itm/Antique-Old-Spain-Spanish-Navaja-Marked-Blade-Fighting-Folding-Knife-/141015636883?pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item20d52fdb93

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaja

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Re: Murders Of Chapman, Eddowes and Watts

Post by Mr Hyde on Wed 27 Aug 2014 - 7:31

William Morris was booked to give a poetry reading at The International Club,40 Bermer Street,on 22nd September 1888,however it is unlikely that he attended.
He was a member of The International Club,Shoreditch.

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