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More Theories On The Murders

Post by Karen on Sat 12 Jun 2010 - 23:43


Two More Women Found Murdered Near the Scene of the Recent Tragedies.

With the Same Sickening Circumstances Attending the Crime - The Police Completely at Fault -Intense Excitement Among the Populace - Large Rewards Offered for the Detection of the Assassin.


LONDON, Sept. 30. - The two women found murdered near the scene of the former butcheries in Whitechapel last night have been recognized as dissolute characters who have long frequented that vicinity. One of them was found in Berner Street with her throat cut from ear to ear. The other was discovered lying in Mitre Square. She, like the first-mentioned victim, had her throat cut, but in addition she had been disemboweled and her nose had been cut off. The murderer had evidently been disturbed in his work on Berner Street and had no time to mutilate the body of his victim. The discovery of the bodies has completely paralyzed the police, and General Sir Charles Warren, chief commissioner, was at once called out of bed. He repaired immediately to the scene of the murders and gave orders to have the police force in that district strongly reinforced.


The first murder occurred shortly after midnight in a narrow court leading from the street and directly beneath the windows of a socialist club composed of foreigners. A concert was in progress in the club rooms at the time and a large number of persons were present, but not a sound was heard from the victim. The second murder occurred three quarters of an hour later in Mitre Square, five minutes' walk from the scene of the first tragedy. The police patrol there every ten minutes but the murderer managed to elude them. The vigilance committees will resume their patrol of the district attending their lines of watchfulness.


The woman murdered in Berner Street has been identified as Elizabeth Stride, a native of Stockholm, and an inmate of a low lodging house. The identity of the other woman has not as yet been established. In consequence of the refusal of Home Secretary Matthews to offer a reward for the detection of the murderer, the residents of the East End on Saturday forwarded the petition to the Queen herself, praying her to authorize the payment of a reward.


London is in a fever of excitement and the denizens of Whitechapel are in a state of terror tonight, owing to the resumption of the horrible butcheries, the fourth of which it was hoped and quite generally believed, would be the last of the ghastly series. The police are positively helpless and their tacit admission of failure to find any clue whatsoever to the perpetrator of the terrible crimes only serves to add to the consternation of the unfortunate creatures whose calling has manifestly made them the objects of the inhuman butcher's fury. The number of theories advanced as accounting for the murders and seeking to establish the identity of the murderer is positively bewildering; but none of them is accepted by the police as the correct one, although the Scotland Yard detectives have nothing more plausible to offer for themselves. The absolutely impotent condition of the police in the matter has led them, however, to catch at straws in the way of evidence, which in ordinary cases would be spurned, and the most significant of these is a letter which was received at the office of the Central News Company in one of the postal deliveries on Thursday. The letter, which is written in a scrawling hand, is familiarly addressed, "Dear Boss," and is signed


After boasting that he committed all of the Whitechapel murders, the writer continues: "I love my work and want to start it again. The next job I do I shall cut off the lady's ear and send it to the police. Keep this letter back till I do a bit more work and then give it out to the police straight. A remarkable feature of the Mitre Square murder is the fact that one of the dead woman's ears was nearly severed, and this circumstance is held to indicate that the real murderer wrote the letter. Most of the newspapers issued special editions today, giving copious details of the tragedies and volunteering much advice to police which they would do well to follow. Great crowds visited the scene of the murders today and gazed on the blood-stained pavement with a degree of fascination difficult for the police to overcome in their efforts to keep the highways clear. The lodging-houses, alleys, etc., of Whitechapel district are being scoured by detectives tonight.


The excitement occasioned by the latest Whitechapel murder has increased rather than abated today. The police have made no progress in their efforts to establish a clew to the murderer, and have further lost public confidence in their efficiency by the fact that the persons arrested on suspicion of connection with the tragedy were released today for want of even a scintilla of evidence upon which to justify their retention in custody. They profess to be hopeful of success, however, and many people are inclined to hope with them in the absence of any suspicion in their own minds even remotely defined as to the criminal's motive, calling or identity. Private rewards have been offered for his arrest, which, added to that of the lord mayor, brings the total sum up to 1200 pounds and it is likely that it will soon reach 2000 pounds. The stock exchange is discussing the question of starting a fund to defray the expenses of the murderer's detection and a reward for his capture, and the project has the very best chances of a successful issue. The fact that the latest murders were committed within the jurisdiction of the city police, has created a sharp rivalry between that body and General Warren's metropolitan detectives. Many wagers have been laid upon the question of


With the odds largely in favor of the city police solving the mystery and landing the fiend in jail. It is now proposed to send a circular to every householder in the East End, requesting the details of the movements, habits, etc., of their respective lodgers. The theory has largely obtained support today that the murderer has two domiciles, one probably a shop or surgery, to which he retires for the purpose of removing the traces of his crime, and the other a dwelling house where he is known as a lodger whose habits and manners make him a desirable tenant in the estimation of his landlady. The police are being urged to station bloodhounds in the Whitechapel district in the hope that they may be able by their keenness of scent to run the fiend down when he seeks a fresh victim. The inquest on the body of the woman murdered in Mitre Square will take place on Thursday, when startling revelations are promised, not at all, it is said, to the credit of the police.

Source: The Daily Colonist, Tuesday October 2, 1888

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