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Murder In Backchurch Lane

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Murder In Backchurch Lane

Post by Karen on Sat 10 Jul 2010 - 2:37

London Again Startled by This Fiend Incarnate's Work.

Found Weltering in Her Own Blood and Frightfully Mutilated in the Slums of Whitechapel - She Is the Twelfth Victim.

LONDON, Sept, 10. - Whitechapel has been visited again by Jack the Ripper. The twelfth and most horrible of all the murders committed by this fiend incarnate has just been discovered in this district.
A workman passing through Backchurch lane, in the extreme south end of Whitechapel, came upon the body of a woman murdered and mutilated in a most horrible fashion. The head was severed completely from the body and lay a little apart. Both arms had been amputated with the skill of a surgeon. One lay under the trunk, the other was a little apart from the body. There was blood everywhere
The mutilation was more aggravated than in any former case, but it was of a character which stamped the outrage as one of the series which have been attributed to "Jack the Ripper," because, despite the utmost efforts of the police, no better name could be given to the perpetrator. As in the other cases in which the assassin was not disturbed at his work, the cruel knife had been thrust into the body of the victim at the waist and then ripped along the median line downward till the abdomen was laid open and the poor creature completely disemboweled. The victim was, like the others, an outcast woman.

The Neighborhood Frenzied with Fear.

The cry was raised and in a twinkling every one of the outcasts of Whitechapel knew of the last butchery committed by their enemy, and they hurried out and canvassed the affair in little groups and knots on the streets and in the cellar groggeries and pot houses.
Their terror was pitifully grewsome, and today they are drowning their fears in gin and whisky, and the streets of Whitechapel are full of frightened women of the lowest caste.
The woman was found at 6 o'clock in the morning weltering in her own blood at a point not 200 yards away from the spot in Berner street where Elizabeth Stride, No. 5 in the Whitechapel series, was found similarly dismembered and mutilated on Sept. 30 last, and not more than ten minutes from the place where Catherine Eddowes met her death at the hands of the ripper on the same morning and before the body of the Stride woman was cold.
This victim has not yet been identified, or if she has, the police, with their usual wisdom, fail to reveal it.

Work of the Police.

The section has been flooded with detectives and policemen in citizen's dress, and the tactics pursued in the preceding cases will be resorted to again.
Chief Commissioner Munro says that for fiendish brutality this last murder surpasses all others, and adds mysteriously that he hopes to catch the perpetrator this time.
On Sept. 8, 1888, the body of Annie Chapman, the fourth of the Whitechapel series, was found in Hanbury street, Spitalfields.
It had been mutilated like those preceding, and chalked on the wall just above the body were these words:

Fifteen before I surrender.

The victim of the last butchery was No. 12, and the dissolute and depraved women of the Whitechapel district are in abject terror today.
They discuss the murder in awe stricken whispers, and, though it is not often asked, the question uppermost in the minds of the poor creatures is, "Who will be the next?" For there is not a shadow of doubt in the minds of these ignorant people that Jack the Ripper will be as good as his word, and will send fifteen of their number to death before he stops.

Jack's Record.

The generally accepted list of the Whitechapel fiend's victims up to date is as follows:

1. Unknown woman, past middle age, Whitechapel outcast, found dead in October, 1887, with body horribly mutilated. Little attention paid to the case.

2. Turner, Martha, found Aug. 7, 1888, stabbed in thirty-two places, probably with a bayonet.

3. Nichols, Polly, found Aug. 31, head nearly severed from body.

4. Chapman, Annie, found Sept. 8, horribly carved.

5. Young woman, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, found Sept. 23, slashed as were the others.

6. Stride, Elizabeth, found Sept. 30, body warm when found, but mutilated like the others.

7. Eddowes, Catherine, found the same morning, body and face horribly disfigured.

8. Unidentified woman, found Oct. 2, with head and arms severed and the usual mutilations of body.

9. Lawrence, Mrs. Mary Jane, found Nov. 9, head nearly severed, face lacerated almost beyond recognition, breasts cut off and laid on a table, heart and liver removed and matrix missing; body literally hacked to pieces.

10. Jackson, Elizabeth, body found in sections between May 31 and June 25, 1889.

11. Mackenzie, Alice, alias Kelly, found in Castle alley dead, but with body still warm, July 17, 1889. Mutilations not completed; knife evidently dull.

12. The present case.

The sections of Elizabeth Jackson's body were found floating in the Thames, done up in pieces of female wearing apparel.
An effort was made to discredit the theory that the woman was a Whitechapel victim and to make out that she had been a subject of dissection by medical students, but evidence accumulated to sustain the theory of murder.

Source: The Ogdensburg Journal, Wednesday, September 11, 1889

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

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