14 May 1891
New York, May 13.
Coroner Schultz began the inquest on the body of Carrie Brown, the victim of Jack the Ripper. The three parlors of the coroner's office were crowded, and the array of Water street habitues was something startling. The eight females who are held as witnesses were also present. Amer Ben Ali, or Frenchy No 1, was also there under guard. On the jury were ex Charity Commissioner Brennan; L K Merkie, maltster; Harry Miner, of theatrical fame; Geo. T Putney and George Brockway, the hotel keepers; Richard M Walters, the piano manufacturer; Jacob Ruppert Jnr., the brewer, and F Slaughter, the clothier.
The first witness was Mary Corcoran, the housekeeper of the East River hotel. Her testimony in regard to the occurrences of that night did not differ from that already given. Police Captain Richard O'Connor of the Oak street station testified that he found drops of blood in the hallway leading from room 31, where the woman was murdered, to room 33, where Frenchy No. 1 slept that night; also to blood on the panel of the door of room 33; also near the handle of the door. On the inside of the door there was a small spot of blood. He also referred to the other blood spots found on the bed, etc., in room 33. He then identified the shirt that Frenchy No. 1 had on when arrested. The blood marks on the shirt had been carefully cut out by the district attorney. Detective Crowley then testified regarding the condition of rooms 31 and 33, and the cuts on the body of the woman, the finding of the knife in room 31 etc.
At 2:30 the inquest was resumed. An architect's plan of the scene of the butchery was presented to the jury.
Bell boy Eddie Fitzgerald, who discovered the body, was the first witness. He said that on the night of the murder he let a man have room 33. He identified Frenchy as the man who took the room. At 5 o'clock in the morning the prisoner came down in a stealthy manner as if to avoid detection. He did not see Shakespeare or her companion enter the hotel.
Dr. Cyrus Edson was the next witness, and exhibited several envelopes containing pieces of clothing, the dirt from beneath Frenchy's nails and wall paper from the East River hotel, stained with blood. The doctor would not swear positively that the stains were human blood corpuscles, but only that they resembled such corpuscles.
The jury then visited the scene of the murder. Great crowds were congregated in the vicinity of the building to catch a sight of the alleged Ripper. The inquest will be resumed tomorrow.