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Atchison Daily Globe
Kansas, USA
19 November 1888

THE MALAY COOK

Strange Coincidence in the Austin and Whitechapel Woman Murders

Austin, Tex., Nov. 18.
A very curious circumstance has been discovered here bearing on the London murders, and which strengthens the opinion entertained by many that the Whitechapel murderer is identical with the assassin who killed eight women in 1885.

An article published in the Daily Statesman, calling attention to the similarity of the Austin and London crimes and especially the fact that a Malay cook running on ocean vessels was suspected, called forth a letter to the editor. The letter stated that a Malay cook had been employed at a small hotel in Austin in 1885, the date of the Austin assassinations.

A reporter investigated the matter, calling on Mrs. Schmidt, who kept the Pearl House, near the foot of Congress Avenue opposite the Union depot, three years ago. It was ascertained that a Malay cook calling himself Maurice had been employed at the house in 1885 and that he left some time in January 1886.

It will be remembered that the last of the series of Austin women murders was the killing of Mrs. Hancock and Mrs. Eula Phillips, the former occurring on Christmas eve 1885, just before the Malay departed, and that the series then ended. A strong presumption that the Malay was the murderer of the Austin women was created by the fact that all of them except two or three resided in the immediate neighborhood of the Pearl House.

Mrs. Hancock and her husband, lived within one block, and so did Mary Ramie, the colored girl, and others who were assassinated in their beds and dragged out into their yards.


Related pages:
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       Dissertations: Dear Diary 
       Dissertations: Rediscovering Austin's Jack the Ripper 
       Press Reports: Atchison Daily Globe - 30 September 1885 
       Press Reports: Austin Statesman - 05 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Austin Statesman - 10 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Chester Times - 29 September 1885 
       Press Reports: Daily News - 2 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening News - 2 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Frederick News - 20 November 1888 
       Press Reports: North Eastern Daily Gazette - 3 October 1888 
       Press Reports: People - 7 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 12 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 2 October 1888 
       Press Reports: The News - 20 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Waukesha Freeman - 1 October 1885 
       Press Reports: Woodford Times - 12 October 1888 
  Malay
       Press Reports: Atchison Daily Globe - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Chicago Tribune - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Daily Telegraph - 8 October 1888 
       Press Reports: East London Observer - 13 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Echo - 8 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening News - 18 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening Star - 20 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Globe [Canada] - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Illustrated Police News - 20 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Manchester Guardian - 8 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Manitoba Daily Free Press - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Montreal Gazette - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Morning Advertiser - 8 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Morning Oregonian - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: New York Times - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: New York Tribune - 5 October 1888 
       Press Reports: News of the World - 7 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Pall Mall Gazette - 06 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Pall Mall Gazette - 08 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Pall Mall Gazette - 10 November 1888 
       Press Reports: People - 28 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 8 October 1888